Looking Back at 2018

Family photo 2018

What. A. Year.

We have some epic plans for 2019, but wanted to take a quick look at all we accomplished during 2018 before we talk about our goals for this new year.

At times I felt as we weren’t doing enough, but looking back we actually did a ton of fun things this last year! Let’s talk a look, shall we?

In 2018 we visited 17 National Park Systems!

Coronado National Monument

Coronado National Monument

Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

White Sands National Monument (for the 3rd time)

White Sands National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (second time)

Carlsbad National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

Crazy Horse National Monument

Crazy Horse National Monument

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Devil’s Tower National Monument

Devil's Tower National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

We traveled to 14 states, 6 of which we had never been to!

Wisconsin

Visit Wisconsin Visit Wisconsin 2

Minnesota

Visit Minnesota Visit Minnesota

Iowa

Okay, this one probably doesn't really count. We were close to the boarder of Iowa so we drove in for one night...no photos. We'll be back Iowa...

South Dakota

Visit South Dakota Visit South Dakota 2

Montana

Visit Montana Visit Montana 2

Wyoming

Visit Wyoming Visit Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park

New experiences in 2018 included...

Sticking our toes in to Lake Michigan for the first time!

Lake Michigan

Seeing our first wild black bear near the Grand Tetons.

Black Bear in Grand Teton

The kids got to experience their first flight when we flew from Phoenix to Knoxville.

Kids first flight

We rented a pontoon boat for the first time in Panama City Beach, FL.

Pontoon boat in Panama City Beach, FL

We took the kids to their first show in Indiana! Weezer.

Weezer in Concert

And some other fun things...

We took several dam tours! If you ask the kids...too many dam tours.

dam tours Dam Tour 2

Adali learned how to weave a basket with dried grasses.

weaving baskets

Went to our first (and likely last) wiener dog race. So funny.

Wiener Dog Race

Toured the Jelly Belly Factory.

Jelly Belly Tour

We got to work with some cool companies like Beddy's Bedding and eBags Online.

Beddy's Bedding eBags Online

And we finally got our Airstream polished to a mirror finish!

Shiny Airstream Shiny Airstream on Beach

Boondocking

We were also able to spend a lot of time camping off grid (boondocking), and I'm not ashamed to say it: we're pretty good at finding awesome spots! A few of our favorites were...

Wall, SD

Wall, SD Boondocking in Wall, SD

Emigrant, MT

Boondocking in MT

Las Cruses, NM

Las Cruces, NM

Moose, WY

Airstream Mountains

Virgin, UT

Arial Virgin Ut Virgin, Ut Boondocking

Wickenburg, AZ

Boondocking in Wickenburg, AZ Boondocking in Wickenburg, AZ 2

Visiting Family

In between all of these amazing adventures, we were able to spend 2 months with family this summer. We moochdocked at Jonathan's parents home in Knoxville, TN where we cleaned out our truck and Airstream and downsized...again.

Moochdocking Sea Eagle Kayak

Then we headed up to visit my parents in Martinsville, IN. We fixed a few little things, added a lift to the Airstream, and enjoyed getting to spend some much needed time with our families.

It looks as though dad really missed the Airstream...

Moochdocking in IN Airstream Lift Kit

365 Mile Challenge

Last year, we signed up for the 365 Mile Challenge last year! I wish we could say we completed our miles...but we didn't. I will say we did come very close for having missed over 2 months of hiking due to visiting with family this summer.

The kids completed 322 miles, Jonathan hiked 349 miles and I came in last with 318 miles (thanks a lot foot injury). While I was frustrated with not completing the challenge, I have to remind myself that we got to see some pretty amazing places that not everyone gets to see!

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Sometimes when you're in the day-to-day it feels like you're not getting much accomplished, but that's why it's so important to take time and look back.

We're so thankful that we get to live this adventurous life, and that you are following along with us.

We hope it inspires you to live like you mean it!

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Ashley Longnecker

About the Author

Ashley Longnecker is the fiercely independent tattooed and dreaded half of Tiny Shiny Home. She's a woodworker, photographer and maker of delicious baked goods. She loathes schedules and makes every day an adventure.

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Posted January 09, 2019


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