Happy New Year!
I hope that the final days of 2017 filled you with family memories, yummy foods, and hope for all the possibilities that 2018 might offer.
And if you're like me, experiencing that goodness while also feeling pretty banged up from the past two years, I wish all those things for you, only harder. Let's put on our boxing gloves, lace up our boots and work hard for decency, and fall in love just a little bit more with our little dot in the universe and its people.
The end of a year brings lots of reflection, but the first day of a new one always puts me in planning mode. We've got some big (for us) travel plans on the horizon, but I've been really happy with some of the day trips and local events that have filled our calendar. So on New Year's Day I focused on the close-to-home exploring that has generated so many memories for our family and asked myself, "What's next?"
In short, we're taking it county by county. Alabama's got 67, and I aim to visit them all in the next 52 weeks, seeking out some of the best ways to spend a day in each region.
I hope that framing our plans in this way pushes us to explore spots we've overlooked, to dig a little deeper in familiar territory, and to gain a more concrete understanding of our home state's diversity.
And I hope that you'll come along for the ride. If you've read this far, I would love any suggestions: What are the best things to see, do, eat, learn about in each of those 67 counties?
We're out the door to Jefferson county in just a bit. But before we head off for a new year of adventuring, here's a look back at some of our favorite moments from the last.