It is that time of year and as we wade into the holidays and the year 2018 draws to a close, it is time for a little retrospection. To that end, I’ve pawed through this year’s catalog of pictures. In constructing this post, I originally began with a much larger set that adequately covered the entirety of this year’s adventures. Subsequently, I culled them down to this more manageable dozen. Enjoy!
In January, we journeyed to the sunshine state. This was a long vacation that just one photo doesn’t do justice, but stacked up against the year that followed that is all it got. We made two trips to California and visited with my father and brothers. It is hard not to take a good picture of the rugged coastline there and the Monterey aquarium lets you peer beneath the waves. In LA, we saw Anne’s uncle and also did some more sightseeing. This time the Getty’s gardens were open. In town, at the zoo, the big event was the unveiling of the cheetah cubs. They were super cute. We reprised last year’s western road trip. This time, we went further north. On the way out, we were almost blown out of the Badlands.
It is a black box to me how WordPress arranges photographs in a gallery. To get the most compact arrangement, I’ve had to jumble up the chronological order in this second set. The wedding and balloon glow both occurred after our Montana trip. I glommed on to the official wedding photographer’s posed shot to get this pic of all the cousins. This was the second year, but our first time that we saw the balloon glow in its new location on Art Hill, overlooking the Grand Basin.
Now, let’s go west again, with two pictures, both from Glacier. On our last morning there, we caught the sun rising over the misty mountains at the far end of Lake McDonald. The photograph that I am most pleased with is that of the one week old moose calves. It made for a very special shot. Our last trip was back east to see the boys, one in Brooklyn the other in Boston. Boston got short shrift here, with two from NYC and none from Boston, but that’s just the way if fell out. I love the sunlight coming through the windows at Ellis Island and how can you top the New York skyline after dark.