2018: A Year In Travel

Hi, it's Lauren again! I built this quick little project for logging my 2017 travels, and I intend to keep it up in 2018.

My goal for the current year is to plan at least one trip that's out of my comfort zone—maybe a big international destination, or somewhere completely lacking in cell phone chargers...or something I haven't yet dreamed up.

In the meantime, if you want to keep one of these logs yourself, here's the project on GitHub. Enjoy!


Graffiti Pier

Each year, when it's snowy out and nobody's around, I decide it's the perect time to make a pilgrimage to these abandoned piers north of Fishtown. Was rewarded this year with a rare red fox sighting.

Jan 1

Peace Valley Park

Likewise, I almost always manage to hit Lake Galena when it's good and frozen. All of my pictures here make the place seem desolate. Resolution: kayak Lake Galena in 2018.

Jan 14

Appalachian Trail—Bake Oven Knob

After surviving Valentine's week, I felt like doing something a little different. Something maybe only I would like? On a whim, I decided to watch the sun rise from somewhere special—and I knew the perfect east-facing observation point. I got up at 4:15am to see this one.

Feb 17

Trexler Nature Preserve

On the way home from my sunrise hike, I passed the turn off for this place and I recognized the name, so I went for it. What I didn't know is that Traxler is a nature preserve...for bison and elk!

Feb 17

Bridlewild Trails

On a very warm January day, I explored some largely unmarked birdle trails east of Rolling Hill Park.

Jan 27

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

This place is a favorite of mine, so I'm sure I'll be back a thousand times before year's end.

Feb 10


Ocean City

I planned a quick trip out of town when I found out the Eagles were going to the Super Bowl. I'm not the Number One Super Fan, and since no one was gonna sleep in the city that Sunday night, anyway, I figured why not take a day off of work and go somewhere unusual? Like a beach in the frigid winter, for example!

Feb 4

Assateague State Park

This was the real destination of my Super Bowl weekend trip. I had wanted to visit Assateague for a few years, but I wasn't ready to do the whole fighting-crowds-of-campers thing. But popping in during the winter meant nobody was there—not even the mosquitoes.

I did an 11-mile hike here; highlights included sea turtle bones (!), a whale skeleton (?!?), and tracking down a herd of the island's famous wild horses. (It wasn't hard. They walked right up to the road by the parking lot.)

Feb 4


Cape Henlopen State Park

Hit this on the way back from Assateague. The cape was so windy—and so wind-swept—that is almost felt like being on another planet. Mars?

Feb 5

The end—for now!

Travel Log designed by Lauren Hallden.

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