Sometime in 2021, or maybe it was even near the end of 2020, my cousin Suzy and I started talking about having a reunion of the cousins in Safford, Arizona. And so it came to pass in April, 2022, we did get together. And it was awesome!
2022 had some un-fun surprises (flat tires, weather, etc.) but there were also two completely fun surprises… each way different than the other.
I didn’t do all that much paddling in 2022, perhaps because it was either really cold or really hot and humid. But I did enjoy these three places, for different reasons.
To be honest, it’s hard to pick my favorite stops because almost every place I’ve visited this year has had something that made it worth the time and energy to get there. From museums to special events, sightseeing boat tours and window shopping, it came down to these four wildly different places as my picks.
I did a lot of miles this year, as I do every year, but this year was different in one big way: I decided to take back roads and see how long I could go before I was forced onto an interstate highway. I think my longest stretch was almost a month (New Mexico to Oklahoma City, geographically). I love seeing small towns, isolated farmhouses, and all the scenery that back roads have to offer. I also enjoy the slower pace, way less traffic, and the absence of 18-wheelers blowing by me.