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2023

all of 2023

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Looking Back

A year of staying in the United States. It's a rarity; only happened twice in last 12 years now. But in 2023, I didn't have any international trips.
Partly because I just spent a year living overseas, partly due to saving up vacation, partly due to a new house investment, and that's just how things have lined up this year.

As no surprise then, I already have 4 trips planned for the upcoming year. However in 2023, I got a chance to see more of the US again.

2023:

2023 Activities

Travels

Events & challenges & other activities

  • minor league hockey and soccer in Iowa - February, June
  • watched NBA Nuggets game at Ball Arena, and later was there for the Championship night - March, June, November
  • art viewing in Boulder and Denver - March, September
  • went to the Opera and saw Cirque du Soleil - May, July
  • zoo and botanical garden visits in Denver, Des Moines, and San Diego - June, July, August, December
  • hiked 14er La Plata - July
  • Meow Wolf Denver - September
  • hiked 14er Mt of the Holy Cross (along with some 13ers on the route) - September
  • hiked 14er Mt Massive - September
  • e-bike event, tiny homes event, Ethiopia festival, farmers markets, pugs event, technology conference, christmas market - throughout the year
  • got a few things: new (used) car, new nephew, new (rental) house, new job, new e-bike
  • continued with volleyball, biking, running, hiking, SUP, dog walks
  • also did disc golf, mini golf, axe throwing, minor construction, got tickets to the 2024 Olympics (more on that in a future post)
  • Prudence turned 6 in August - but still as active as ever
  • races: none
  • concerts: New Kids on the Block (Iowa State Fair), and Shaky Graves

previous year reviews:

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 12:38 Archived in USA Tagged 2023 Comments (0)

End of the Year - California USA

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overview

One last trip to end 2023. We headed to sunny southern California. There were a few days spent in LA and Long Beach, and then a quick train trip south to San Diego. While we were there, we checked out the following, which all of them were very fun and entertaining options:

  • Blaboa Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Little Italy
  • old town & Old Town State Park
  • Broadway Pier and USS Midway
  • Gaslamp quarter

Pictures

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Zoo entrance:
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cable car view over the zoo:
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Museums:
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Food:
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Links

MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my more current trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my past trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 23:04 Archived in USA Tagged california zoo 2023 Comments (0)

New rental house - Iowa USA

trips to Iowa

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Through the year, I have made trips back to see the family, purchase and fix up a new house in Des Moines. After a few trips to view options, make offers, and go through the whole process, I finally signed the paperwork in March.

Then the real work began. Several more trips back were for improving the house. So far the projects have included:

  • new flooring and breakfast nook counter in kitchen
  • fixing the stairs / hallway going to the basement
  • removing all the old siding and adding new siding to the garage
  • adding or improving the gutters on the roofs
  • getting an egress window put in for the basement (hired this out to a professional)
  • adding new raised flower/plant beds to a garden area
  • updating the landscaping
  • plumbing work for the upcoming bathrooms (hired this out to a professional)
  • framing the walls in the basement for a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and utility/storage room
  • updating heating, air, and electrical work in the basement (hired this out to a professional)

Throughout the trips back, I also got to do the following:

  • go axe throwing
  • meet the new nephew Spencer
  • and continue to watch Cara grow up
  • celebrate some big birthdays
  • visit the Des Moines botanical gardens
  • watch the local soccer team
  • go to the zoo
  • get a new (used) car
  • eat food at the state fair
  • enjoy bouncy castles and slides for a 4-year birthday party
  • do some indoor mini golf

Pictures

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fixing the garage siding
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planning basement addition
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framing walls and getting in heating ducts
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Links

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MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
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MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 13:52 Archived in USA Tagged house usa iowa 2023 Comments (0)

2023 14ers - Mt Massive - Colorado USA

Mt Massive peak - 2023-09-16

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overview / intro

I decided to try and get one last 14er hike in, later in the year than I normally go. And I found out why I normally only hike in August, because even in September, there is snow at the top the peaks that you have to hike through. But it was a fun day on the top of Mt. Massive, the 2nd tallest in Colorado at 14,427 feet.

Trip Map

Pictures

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14ers album

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Links

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MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 20:59 Archived in USA Tagged hiking colorado hike 14er 2023 Comments (0)

2023 14ers - Holy Cross - Colorado USA

Holy Cross peak - 2023-09-03

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overview / intro

After a month break to heal from the last hike, I went out for another long challenge on the Colorado 14,000 foot peaks.

I chose a rarely hiked path - no one usually goes it because it's so tough. It includes a circular loop that goes up four 13,000 foot peaks, and then ends with the summit to Holy Cross at over 14,000 feet. But the views are amazing. It was so much rock hopping and climbing that I didn't stop many times to take pictures. Overall it was about 15 miles in 8 hours and many thousands and thousands of feet of elevation climbing and descending.

Trip Map

Pictures

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14ers album

view at the start right before and after sunrise:
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view of the route - starting at the left I followed the peaks around a glacier lake and to the top of Holy Cross on the right of the picture
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Links

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MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 20:37 Archived in USA Tagged hiking colorado hike 14er 2023 Comments (0)

Meow Wolf 2 - Colorado USA

2023-10 - a trip to the new(er) Meow Wolf

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overview

A couple times in years past I have visited the Meow Wolf exhibit in New Mexico. It's a fun interactive multi room playground of sorts, with an optional mystery story line to solve about a missing family and aliens. It's hard to explain, but see my post here.

There is now a similar but separate installation of Meow Wolf in Denver. This is about space and travel and again a mystery about aliens. I don't want to give anything anyway with pictures, other than it's colorful. It's recommended, and if you go then get the app and pay for the ticket upgrade to have an easier time tracking the clues.

Pictures

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Links

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MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my past trips & entertainment
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MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 02:39 Archived in USA Tagged art colorado museum mystery 2023 Comments (0)

Pru party 2023 - Colorado USA

2023-08

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overview

Pru got to spend her 6th birthday with friends and family (mom, sister, nephew).

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my more current trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my past trips & entertainment
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MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 02:33 Archived in USA Tagged birthday 2023 pru Comments (0)

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