20 responses to “A New Year’s Goal: 12 Months, 12 Peak Experiences”

  1. sarah henry

    Okay, Ms. M, there are a couple in there methinks I may be able to do with you. Red Rock Canyon, yes please. Climbing Mount St. Helena, why not?

    My own list is so long it's absurd and I'm unlikely to get to many, if any. Here's one pretty modest one: I'd love to travel somewhere outside of the U.S. besides returning to Oz, my homeland.

  2. Sheryl

    Can I come along? What a fabulous list! Mine includes Montana, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Prague…on and on.

  3. ruth pennebaker

    I realize this marks me as an oddball traveler, but to me, it's more important who I travel with than where we go. Something about traveling together forges a closer bond (unless, of course, you don't travel well together and end up contemplating violence the entire trip). Anyway, I hope to travel with my sister and only sibling, whom I haven't seen in more than two years.

  4. Alexandra Grabbe

    My husband wants to see Rome and do excavation in Turkey. I prefer friends with my travel, rather than new places. Since I lived in France, that's where I'd like to go once the opportunity presents itself.

  5. Alisa Bowman

    Wow–you really get around. I'd like just one of those.

  6. Meredith Resnick

    Here in CA every once in a while you still see bumper stickers that say "Save Mono Lake." I've never been but would love to go – I think a trip might be in order. I'd love to read your post on that destination.

  7. Nancy Monson

    I've been to Lake Louise in Banff. It's a glacier-fed lake–incredible color!

    How about the northern lights? I saw a muted display in Alaska once. I'd love to see them in their full glory.

  8. Frugal Kiwi

    I still haven't hiked the Tongariro Crossing here in NZ. Maybe my health will let me do that in the next year.

  9. Kristen J. Gough

    Good luck on your travels. Prague has to be one of my favorite places on earth. Make sure you spend some time meandering on Charles Bridge.

  10. marthaandme

    Wow! What a list!

  11. Vera Marie

    Pleased to say I've been to four of these. And you can combine the Indian petroglyphs with Canyon de Chelly, because you will find them there, but for a special experience take a jeep tour out of Sedona that goes to spectacular petroglyphs hidden away on Forest Service land. OR go to Monument Valley (belongs on the list, anyhow) and take an Navajo-guide jeep tour into the boonies to see sensational petroglyphs on cave walls.

  12. Jennifer Margulis

    I can't wait to hear about these places WHEN you go to them, Melanie. Fantastic! In the meantime, I don't even want to get on an airplane these days… Maybe I'm all traveled out. Or just still postpartum…

  13. Susan Johnston

    I don't think it's in the cards for this card, but I've always wanted to visit Italy and Greece. Maybe in 2011?

  14. Peggy Bourjaily

    I'm boring and really just want to return to Italy. I've been dreaming about it for 10 years…

  15. Kris @ Big Island On The Cheap

    Are you less than an hour from St. Helena? I grew up in Sonoma County, and my folks can see St. Helena from the porch of their house. Never climbed it, though!

  16. Donna Hull

    I'm happy to say that I've already made it to 5 of the locations on your list. You should also add Valley of the Gods, the non-touristy answer to Monument Valley and only a couple of miles up the road from the iconic Western location.

    As for me, Antarctica is at the top of my long list. I want to go before travel is banned, more ice melts and I'm still spry enough to climb in and out of zodiacs.

  17. jenhaupt

    Wow, I'd be happy to make it to one of these places this year! The top of my list is going back to Rwanda.

  18. Elizabeth Hansen

    Great list. For your number 12 – you might want to check out the view from the beach in La Jolla – San Diego's most beautiful neighborhood. In addition to the beach, the moon view is really dramatic from the top of La Jolla's Mt. Soledad, which is dominated by a dramatic war memorial.

  19. Elizabeth @ LaJollaTravelInformation.com

    BTW, Melanie – if you do decide to look at the moon from La Jolla, I'd be happy to provide other suggestions for your stay in my hometown. I am always on the lookout for new dining options, things to do, etc., for my blog http://www.LaJollaTravelInformation.com

  20. Mark @ Big Science

    Hey everybody! The May 5th 2012 full moon is a Super Moon! In case you don’t know the Super moon is a moon that is full at the point in its orbit at which it is closest to the earth – AKA perigee-syzygy.

    The Perigee of course is the term for being closest to the earth and the syzygy is the term for the alignment of the Sun, the Earth and The Moon (in that order) creating the full moon!

    The moon appears about 16% larger but its relative as you don’t have anything to gauge it against.

    Just a fun FYI!

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