A Look Back on 2018
We spent much of January preparing to put our house on the market. We started the purging process, which meant many, many trips to the DI.
We celebrated Mirabelle’s first birthday. I wrote her her first Birthday Letter.
In April, Adam quit his job and we spent the rest of the month in Hawaii, exploring the Big Island and Oahu. I jumped off South Point, which was a huge bucketlist item for me, and also photographed a wedding at the Laie temple. At the end of my trip, I got really sick, which turned into pneumonia (I think I jumped off a few too many high spots, which got water in my lungs).
When we left for Hawaii, our house was under contract to sell. While we were in Hawaii, the contract fell through so we came back to a house that wasn’t supposed to be ours anymore. It was a weird in-between month, but we were able to build out our trailer and get ready for our travels. We celebrated Axton turning six.
We finally left our family’s driveway and began the roadtrip adventures! In June we visited Arches, Canyonlands, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Rocky Mountain National Parks.
In July we ran into a bit of car trouble – we decided to have the truck towed back to Utah and have it serviced there, rather than waiting around in Colorado. This meant we were able to be in Utah for a Harrison sibling reunion, then we drove up to Idaho and spent time with family before heading out again. Then we drove through the Dakotas and hit up Badlands National Park, Wind Cave, and Theodore Roosevelt.
August was spent in Minnesota! We visited Voyageurs National Park, Isle Royale National Park, and Maquoketa Caves State Park in Iowa. We also visited my Dad and spent a week on the lake, learning to fish and jumping on the Lily Pad.
This month we celebrated 9 years of marriage! We spent it in the blistering heat of Indiana. We had just come from visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Afterwards we headed north to cooler weather in Acadia National Park. Then I left for my Iceland Workshop.
Most of October was spent in Maryland, where I was able to photograph lots of families + couples. At the end of the month, all of the money I’d earned needed to be put back into the truck again. We realized that we wouldn’t be able to finish our National Park journey and started looking for jobs. Before the month was over, we made it down to Congaree National Park.
We were supposed to stay down South in warmer weather, but we felt pulled to go back to the Smoky Mountains for a visit. While there, we decided to apply for a few jobs by submitting Adam’s resume and application in person. We drove north a bit to visit Mammoth Caves. We got snowed on! At the end of the month, we made a fast drive down to Florida to catch our flight to the Virgin Islands. While on St John, our friends invited them to visit Vieques, Puerto Rico.
After we returned to the mainland from our trip to the Virgin Islands, we received a phone call from one of the jobs Adam had applied to. They did a phone interview with him, and then called again to ask him to come in person. By the end of the month, we had accepted a job offer and realized that meant…we were moving to North Carolina!