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My family have had a fun and busy 2014. We were able to get a good amount of traveling in before we moved from Ohio to California and even after we moved had a few extra adventures.
We enjoyed Christmas and New Years in Ohio and had a good amount of snow and some really cold days. In January my husband had a business trip in St. Louis so we went with him. It was fun to see the Arch and a friend who currently lives in the area.
In April we were able to make it to visit my husband’s cousin in Philadelphia. We had the opportunity to see Valley Forge, Independence Hall and a few other spots in downtown Philadelphia. Next, we were headed to see friends in Washington DC, but decided to stop at the site of the Gettysburg Battlefield along the way. It was a great place to visit.
We arrived at Washington DC and spent the next day checking out the monuments. Our delayed travel turned out in our favor since the cherry blossoms had just started to bloom. The weather was beautiful and the cherry blossoms were amazing to see. We walked to a few of the Smithsonian Museums, the reflecting pool, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, WWII Monument and more. We also took a trip to stop by the Air Force Memorial (located near the Pentagon) and we had dinner with a friend I deployed with to Afghanistan. Our hosts took us to Bull Run on Saturday morning and it was fun to walk the battlefield where the Civil War started. There is so much history crammed into the East Coast, it was fun to explore.
On the way home we drove through Shenandoah National Park. Unlike DC, the long winter did not work out in our favor. The cold weather delayed spring and each overlook looked the same, half dead trees and no signs of spring. We did do a few hikes and had a fun day overall. On the final leg of our journey, we stumbled upon the original Bob Evans farm. We decided to take a break and tour the farm and stop for lunch.
A few weeks later we took a trip north to see Michigan before it was time to move. We had family friends living in Holland, MI and decided to come visit. Although the Tulip Festival had happened a few weeks earlier the tulips were in full bloom. It was amazing to see. There were so many different kinds of tulips. We also were able to squeeze in a few mountain biking adventures. Shortly after we returned from Michigan we got an offer on our house and our plans of a trip to Niagara Falls before moving to California had to be postponed. We began to prepare for our upcoming move. We moved from Ohio to California over the 4th of July weekend. We drove through 9 states (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada) and finally made it to California.
Shortly after arriving in California we headed to Canada for the Oftebro Family Reunion. My family migrated from Norway to the United States and a few years ago one of the descendants still living in Norway wondered what happen to all the family who left. There were over 100 members of the Oftebro Family who met up in Canmore, Canada for an amazing reunion. We were also able to visit Calgary, Lake Louis and Banff. It was a great trip. We can’t wait until the next one.
In September, we made a trip to Sedona, Arizona with a stop in Williams, AZ along the way. We took a train ride to the Grand Canyon from Williams and then spent a few days hiking and sightseeing in Sedona. This was a great trip. Sedona is a great place for active families. Our favorite hike was to Chicken Point and we also were able to go mountain biking while our friends watched our son.
The second weekend of October we were able to visit Point Vincent in Palos Verdes. The lighthouse is avialable for viewing the first weekend of each month. We visited the park Labor Day weekend when my parents came to visit and had to go back when we could climb to the top. We also have visited Disneyland many times since we moved to LA. We got season passes in July and make a visit out to the park a few times each month. In October, we went to a special event Mickey’s Halloween Party. We decided since we had missed a few years of dressing up for Halloween we should make it a memorable one. We went as Prince Charming, Cinderella and Gus. It was a fun night and we came home with more candy then we could eat.
We will be spending our Christmas with family. We are enjoying our time in California being close to family. We are still exploring LA and have been able to visit the beach, Griffith Park, La Brea Tar Pits and Queen Mary. We are hoping to hit even more spots in Southern California next year.
We look forward to 2015 and can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.