S: Two years of traveling
1: November 1, 2008 Our wedding day. We set out on a journey traveling the country coast to coast and enjoying it all together.
2: Our Honeymoon
3: We drove from Miami, Florida to Clovis, California. | Camping at De Soto & the Grand Canyon along the way
4: During our drive, we stopped in Dallas Texas to visit family and celebrate Sebastian's birthday... | Sebastian with River and Noe
5: The Bellagio | ... and Elephant Butte, NM where we saw the most amazing sunset and moon rise. | Elephant Butte | ... we also stopped in Phoenix Arizona, Las Vegas Nevada ...
6: Clovis, California November 2008- February 2009 | Living in the valley meant that it was smoggy often. | A truly amazing display of Christmas lights. | Our first apartment as husband and wife
7: Sequoia National Park was a 2 hour drive
8: We took a trip to Yosemite, California planning to camp here for 2 nights but couldn't handle the cold temperatures. | Crazy hard hike! | Halfdome
9: Cliff House San Francisco, CA | Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA | Big Sur, California | We took day trips to the Pacific coast
10: Quincy, California February 2009- May 2009 | We rented a cabin in the mountains & experienced our first snowfall together. Snow chains were mandatory here!
11: Enjoying our first snowfall together | We headed to the mountains to find some snow at Christmas time.
12: Camping at Washoe Lake, Nevada and a visit to Reno | We woke up in 25 degree weather!
13: Bidwell Park, California
14: Snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe, California
16: Hiking in Feather River canyon
17: Big Baldy Hike in Sequoia National Park
18: Wine Tasting in the California Valley
19: One of the daily campfires we had once the snow finally melted. We had an acre of wood to keep us busy. | Dutch Bros along with In & Out were our favorite discoveries of the west.
20: We stopped at Crater Lake on our drive to Seattle, WA, the port for our cruise.
21: Alaskan Cruise with Madelin and Margarita June 2009 | From kayaking around icebergs around Mendenhall lake to hiking in snow up to our waist, we explored a lot of Alaska's southern territories.
22: Getting ready for dinner A seal and her cub on an iceburg | We didn't realize there'd be so much snow at the summit of our hike. We were waist deep in snow but we sat there and watched the eagles flying below us.
23: We drove 2800 miles from Seattle, WA to Rockingham, NC | Grand Tetons
24: We made stops in Glacier, Grand Teton, & Yellowstone National Parks & Mount Rushmore National Memorial | Crazy hard hike in Glacier | Grand Tetons
25: Mount Rushmore | Yellowstone | Grand Tetons
26: Rockingham, NC July-September 2009 | We met up with Brian and Lydia to enjoy a weekend of camping & hiking in the Smoky Mountains.
27: Myrtle Beach, SC | Outer Banks, NC with Madelin | Camping in the Carolinas
28: The wedding of Brian Dant & Lydia Shaw | Bridal shower | Bachelorette Party
29: September 6, 2009 Apalachicola, FL
30: Naples, FL October 2009- March 2010 | A return trip to Boca Grande for our anniversary. | A Tampa Bay Lightening Hockey Game with Grandma and Aunt Barb | One of many art shows we did. | We tried to make it to the beach for sunset often.
31: Heading out west for tour #2 3600 miles Naples, FL to Seattle, WA | We started "the list" on a napkin during our drive out west. It was our 3 year plan of where we wanted to travel to & when. We followed some of it! | We stopped in Salt Lake City, UT to visit with aunt Barb and uncle Dave before our trip to Hawaii.
32: Philip & Melissa Wedding April 2010
33: We stopped in Michigan to see the new addition to the Belcher family on our drive to Seattle: Marissa Belcher
34: Kauai Hawaii June 2010 | Shaka!
35: Koke'e State Park & Waimea Canyon | Our first night in Hawaii included driving around the entire island to find fuel for our camping stove & cooking in the rain. It only got better from there!
36: We chose to "warm-up" with a 7 mile hike: Awa'awapuhi trail Once we got to the lookout spot, we took a nap & waited for the fog to clear. When it did, this was our view! The hike was crazy hard and made our feet & body hurt for days!
37: Anini Beach Park | Polihale State Park At the end of a dirt road that we didn't think our rental car would make it down, we found this camping spot. We stayed a few days here and got very sunburned! | We stayed at Anini right before our hiking trip on the Kalalau valley trail.
38: Kalalau Valley Trail Hike
39: At the end of our 22 mile hike in & out of the Kalalau valley, we had stories to tell. From a bladder exploding at mile 2, surviving on fruit snacks, being scared for our life at mile 6, being welcomed to camp with a cool waterfall, nudist campers, crazy hot sand, & developing "rock game"....once was enough for us. | Kalalau Valley
40: Grand Hayatt Resort | Our one splurge for the trip was a much needed stay at the Hayatt
41: Sequim, Washington May- September 2010 | We didn't realize we were renting from people that would live right next door to us, much less have 15 lawn mowers in the yard because they run a small engine repair business out of the home. Oh joy. | A view of Hurricane Ridge from our wine tasting event/concert where we first hung out with the Sacino's.
42: Hurricane Ridge
43: A day trip to the Washington Coast with the Sacino's | HOH rainforest | Free firewood!
44: Vancouver Island | Cape Flattery
45: Shi Shi beach | Tide pools | It took: a permit to enter the Indian reservation, parking pass to park 1 mile from the trail head, camping permit & a 2 mile hike but we made it to shi shi beach where driftwood bonfires were endless and tide pools were ever changing.
46: Camping on Shi Shi Beach | Our driftwood bonfire
47: Seattle, Washington | We took a couple of day trips to Seattle to meet up with Ignacio | Four Swallows on Bainbridge Island. Amazing.
48: Soaking up some rare sun in the Pac NW | Brenda all smiles after earning her first junior ranger badge!
49: Mount Rainier | We helped send off the Sacino's by driving down with them to Mount Rainier for one last camping trip before their return out East.
50: The Canadian Rockies, Alberta Canada | An Elk in Jasper Escaping the rain at a coffee shop Mt Edith Cavell in the fog and rain
51: Athabasca falls in Jasper | Medicine Lake | Jasper National Park | Momma bear and her 2 cubs along the ice fields parkway
52: Johnston Canyon | Our hike to the Inkpots was filled with bugs & rain but incredible views! | Two Jack Lake | Banff
53: Pyramid Lake | Camping at Lake Louise with an electric fence to keep the bears away and us alive. | National Park | Our one day of rejuvenation included a steak dinner at the Saltlik and a hotel room at the Juniper. This was our view.
54: Top of Big beehive, with a grand view of Lake Louise Hiking from the Big Beehive to the teahouse. | Moraine Lake
55: Plain of 6 Glaciers Hike
56: Helen Lake Hike and Cirque Scramble in Banff. With a total distance of 11.4 miles, 5100 feet in elevation gain. We read in our hiking guide this was considered one of the easiest scrambles in Banff. Not knowing even what a scramble was, we decided we'd give it a shot. We discovered that "easy" in Canadian translates to "near impossible." This was the hardest physical challenge we've had and we were tempted to turn back many times. But the view from the summit left us speechless.
57: On top of Cirque Peak
58: After our scramble and long hike
59: Yoho National Park | Emerald Lake | We intended to camp for our last night in the Canadian Rockies, but all of the campsite were full. Somewhat relieved, we spent the night at Cathedral Mountain Lodge with our own little cabin, a hot shower and the most amazing fresh squeezed apple juice for breakfast
60: Whistler, Canada | Home of the Winter 2010 Olympics
61: We took the ski lift up Blackcomb mountain to do some hiking and sightseeing. This is our new favorite way to hike. It's also easier to get away from the bears this way. We then took the gondola across to whistler mountain, it sure was cold at the top!
62: Alpine Slide | Downtown Whistler | Making Pizza in the hotel room
63: On our return to Naples, FL from Sequim, WA we stopped to see family along the way. | The Belchers | Ira coaching flag football with Owen and Braden | Sebastian with River and Noe
64: We stopped by Nina's for a few days. Ma is putting together a puzzle with Izabel and Zahna | Cindi with Marissa at the Cider Mill | We went with Cindi and Matt to the Chocolate Garden for some delectable truffles! | Family Time
65: Naples, FL October 2010- March 2011 | We hit up the second hand store for some classic Halloween costumes. Our Second Anniversary. A cookout with Brian, Lydia and Sarah, enjoying South Florida weather! Going for an early morning run on Thanksgiving with Lydia.
66: Christmas picnic at the beach for breakfast. Celebrating Valentines Day at Baleens at laplaya Naples Botanical Gardens Sunset at the beach for Sebastian's Birthday
67: Camping at Koreshan State Park, Estero FL | We wanted to go camping one last time before we left Florida. We rented a canoe, had a campfire and roasted hot dogs.
68: Bites at the Ritz
69: Farewell Brunch Baleens at LaPlaya April 2, 2011
70: Kelly with Mandy, Melissa and Sophie | Sebastian with Philip and Jonathan | Saying our Goodbyes
71: Clockwise: Judy, Patrice, Mike & Sophie, Melissa, Mandy, Ashley, Ted, Philip, Jonathan, Sebastian, Kelly, Norma, Susan and Rick
72: Watching one last sunset at the beach with Madelin
73: Packed up and ready to head north! | Raleigh, North Carolina here we come!