It’s that time of year again…time to wrap gifts, send wishes of happiness and wellness to friends and family, bake Christmas cookies, stuff stockings, sing carols, and enjoy the festivities of Christmas and the New Year. It is also time to read a faithful account of Deborah and Dave’s 2017 Year in Review.
Choosing a country for Dave’s first trip abroad proved challenging: I wanted under-developed, exotic, and cheap – as I always do; Dave wanted European big-hitters with safe drinking water. We landed on The Netherlands in March, but only after he repeatedly refused to entertain a trip to Iran. (And yes, I’m petulant.)
The Netherlands proved to be a good choice.
We devoted hours to classic artists such as Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt; strolled along canals during constant drizzle; and contentedly ate stroopwafel. Dave relived his childhood in the MC Escher museum in Den Hague and I delighted in drinking lattes and people watching. We took a spontaneous trip to Brussels to admire the architecture, savor Belgian chocolate, and giggle at Mannekin Pis. We declared our first trip together abroad a success.
Yes, we biked a lot. The biking season started on January 1 with a sunny, arctic ride near our home and continued with gravel rides in the spring, loaded touring in June, and Bon Ton Roulet in July.
For our loaded tour this year, we took the train to Minneapolis, visited with the family for the weekend (love the Twin Cities bike culture!), and then spent a leisurely week biking back to Milwaukee on a series of bike trails: Great River, LaCrosse, Elroy-Sparta, and the 400s trails. We were rained out only once and were blessed with three days of tailwind.
Other Noteworthy Mentions
- Our garden produced a bumper crop of tomatoes and jalapeños. Our newly planted blueberry bushes squeaked out a handful of blueberries and our neighbor augmented our berry haul with tasty raspberries.
- We continue to combat weeds at an alarming rate.
- I am officially a bike commuter.
- Dave mastered brisket on the grill and Korean fried chicken.
And so, we come to the end of another Year in Review. Wishing you good health and great happiness in the upcoming year.
Signing off from 2017,
Deborah and Dave