I’m relieved December’s begun for a number of reasons: (a) December is the month of Christmas, which is my favorite holiday; (b) Kevin and I have some adventures planned this month and; (c) November was an all-around unpleasant month I’m more than happy to say “good riddance” to.
I’m looking at you, election results. *Shakes head out of disappointment and embarrassment for my country.* Months like this past one remind me why I’m so grateful (and lucky) that travel is a regular part of my life. I can’t be the only one in need of a escape right about now! I’ve been pricing out week-long vacations to Belize for the past few weeks now. A girl can dream, yes?
Anyways, I digress. I studied politics and legal theory in both college and grad school, if that helps but the above tangent into perspective. At any rate, adventures were far and few between this past month. For the whole first week of November, a rather painful muscle spasm in my neck known medically as acute torticollis kept me trapped in bed. At least I knocked a few books off my to-read list! My favorite book that I devoured that week was Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do. Addario’s memoir, a well-written and expansive recounting of her career as a combat photographer in some of the world’s most dangerous places, would make the perfect gift for any travel or photographer nut on your holiday shopping list. Trust me.
Shortly after I recovered, we journeyed back to Seattle to help Kevin’s father work on his home remodel, and we simply didn’t have a spare moment for a hike or museum. When we returned, both Kevin and I caught an unpleasant cold…forcing us to stay inside on the last warm weekend here in the Denver area. So, three weeks into November and not one adventure. We didn’t even hike until Thanksgiving Day, when we took advantage of the holiday to spend an hour at Red Rocks Park:
We spotted a group of deer while hiking, and surprisingly, they let us get rather close to them!
Sadly, Kevin’s grandmother passed away earlier this month, so along with his father, we traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the day after Thanksgiving to pay our respects. While most of the weekend was spent with family, we did decide to make the best out of an upsetting situation and check out Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory, which had just started its annual winter lights festival:
The winter lights festival was absolutely incredible…cold, but incredible. Phipps Conservatory is a must-see, not just during the holiday season but all-year round! Personally, I love botanical gardens, and they do make wonderful winter activities since greenhouses tend to be warm and humid. If I can’t get my Belize vacation, I might as well spend an evening in a semi-tropical tent surrounded by the flora and fauna of the Caribbean, right?
I know, this is probably the shortest monthly recap I’ve published so far here on my blog! All I can say is hopefully Kevin and I have the sniffles out of our systems so we can enjoy our jam-packed December. From Arches National Park to Washington, D.C. to New England, we’ll barely be home next month.
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