I’ve just started to remember to write 2018 (instead of 2017) on documents and now it’s 2019.
Plans for this year:
March in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is full of interesting history, great food and engaging people, and what’s not to love about that. So when my fellow history tourist Kathie said she’d never been, I leap at the chance to introduce her to the town. It’s also a chance to do more Stalking George Washington, which I’ve been neglecting since my move west. He was all around town from May 2 to May 9, during his Southern Tour of 1791.
I’ve mentioned many times before: I have a staircase fetish. The photo above is of one of my favorites, at the 1803 Joseph Manigault House.
April in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year with a nostalgic trip to Nags Head, North Carolina, where we spent all our summers when our children were young and we had an over-sized dog named Ralph. Nags Head — most of the Outer Banks, really — is the ultimate dog-friendly place. The town of Duck, on the northern end of the Outer Banks, allows dogs to be leash-free on its beaches.
Outer Banks history includes the Wright Brother’s first flight at Kitty Hawk, several Civil War battles, and the first known English settlement on the continent, at Roanoke.
Los Angeles in June
When I was a child, my parents would take our family — the two of them and my brother and me — to the amusement parks of southern California every summer. It was an eight hour drive from our house at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to Disneyland. Even as an adult, the only places I’ve ever been, in the Los Angeles area, are amusement parks. I spent the last days of 2018 at Disneyland and the Universal Studios theme park, where I learned that I may be the only person in the world who has never read a Harry Potter book or watched an entire Potter movie.
I’m going back to the LA area in June, to see a friend graduate from UCLA. While we’re there, we’ll definitely expand our horizons and visit some History Tourist sites, like the Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon presidential libraries, and the La Brea Tar Pits.
September in lower Michigan
We’ll be in Pennsylvania in September to visit family. So while we’re at it, we thought we’d take a driving tour of the mitten part of Michigan. Michigan is someplace we’ve never been and I’d like to see the Great Lakes. And Mr. History Tourist, a rock hound, wants to hunt for agate.
We’ll be stopping in Cleveland, either on the way or on the way back, so there’ll be some James Garfield historic sites to be had as well. I know … James Garfield … can you contain your excitement?!
New Orleans sometime later in the year
One never needs a reason to visit New Orleans. So … just because ….
Ecuador and the Galapagos
Costa Rica is as far south in the Americans as I’ve ever been. But sometime during the year, I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to South America and the Galapagos Islands.
… and maybe France and Italy
I think that’ll do for now. I can’t predict the future but I love the planning process anyway.
From our History Tourist family to yours, wishing you and your loved ones fun and safe travels through this year and beyond. Happy New History Touring Year!