Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking Forward, Looking Backward

My New Years resolution for 2014 was to have more adventures, and I'm pretty sure that I accomplished my goal!
January of 2014 started off mile for winter in Nebraska, and my year started off with a walk around the Sutherland Reservoir Wall and thinking about what the year would bring.

We managed some winter road trips through the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills, then my mom and I departed on an epic adventure, taking the California Zephyr Amtrak train to California to visit the new granddaughter. I highly recommend it if you have never done it!

The trip and my mom's pending 80th birthday got us thinking all things genealogy, and I began researching my family tree in time to make a genealogy book for my mom for her birthday. In doing so, I did the Ancestry DNA testing and found that I am nearly 1/4 Irish! That explains a lot!

Late winter and early spring brought Bald Eagle viewing, road trips across Nebraska, Sandhill Crane viewing and even some great craft beer sampling at a new brew pub in Ord. Hopefully there is a lot more of that in our future! Another trip with mom, this time to Idaho to visit another newly arrived granddaughter came around this time as well.

Summer always brings more "doing" and less "telling". We are busy having so much fun that it's hard to find the time to write about it! Our first year with an RV brought several great road trips. We got a taste of the Panhandle, central and northeastern Nebraska and south central Nebraska. We loved each of those trips and hope to do them again - but there are so many new places to explore!

Then there were weddings of family and friends!

Finally, the last part of 2014 was spent tilting at windmills. Lobbying against the KXL Pipeline - not only does the extraction of tar-sands oil threaten the environment, the particularly volatile oil brings increased dangers of contamination from unreliable pipelines, and there is no proof that allowing the KXL pipeline will have ANY effect on our dependence on foreign oil; Trying to get the Nebraska Public Power District to see the light and reroute the R-Project Powerline away from the fragile Nebraska Sandhills; Shaking my head that the Village of Sutherland is blocking the restoration of our historic Depot. Hopefully 2015 will bring more success and less frustration!

Though not as regularly as I would have liked, I managed to pass along some historical tidbits about Sutherland and the Nebraska Sandhills, which I hope to do more of in 2015.

I also moved toward becoming more fit in 2014. We found that on our travels it was nothing for us to walk several miles every day exploring where we were visiting. Since the RV got winterized, I have kept up with this, walking a couple of miles on the treadmill three to five days a week.

So what does 2015 hold? More adventure; another grand baby, which means another major trip; more consistent blogging; and continuing toward fitness. How's that for resolutions?

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