Our Top 6 Moments from 2014

No doubt about it, 2014 was a busy year of travel for Team Stypa-Karol. With eight trips over the past 12 months (nine if you include having to shack up with the pets at a hotel up the street after we lost power for days during the Snowpocalypse), we were usually on the movie.

Here are our six top travel moments from 2014 (in order):

 6. Visiting Detroit when it was warm

I see you ...

I see you …

For the first time in who knows how long, we actually visited the Motor City (and our families) when it was warm-ish, heading up I-69 in July (opting not to go up in the dead of winter). Caitlyn got up close-and-personal with the prairie dogs at the Detroit Zoo, we both loaded up on awesome outlet shopping at Great Lakes Crossing and even got to swing by our alma mater, Michigan State University, when the campus is at its prettiest.

 5. Gorging ourselves in Columbus, Ohio

Buckeye cupcake from Expressly in North Market. Lunch not required.

Buckeye cupcake from Expressly in North Market. Lunch not required.

Columbus has long been a favorite for ours, simply for its variety in vegetarian fare. Even though one of our favorite spots, Betty’s Fine Spirits, is gone, between The Northstar Café, North Market and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, you can’t go wrong in C-Bus. I might have also written “Go MSU” on a board inside a store on High Street. I’m such a troublemaker …

4. Family trip to Mackinac Island

Love each other, dammit!

Love each other, dammit!

In August, we tried cramming our families together in one hotel in the hopes that they would actually be social with one another and act like a big family. That was met with mixed success and we’ve determined the only way that will happen is if we lock everyone in a room and force them to play Chinese checkers or Parchessi with one another. Hmm, 2016 family trip idea?

3. Chelsea Handler in Chicago

The Windy City.

The Windy City.

I’m not really into Chelsea Handler, but Caitlyn is, so we went to see the comedienne take the stage with her “Uganda Be Kidding Me?” tour at the Harris Theatre over the summer. It was HILARIOUS. Handler was in top form and even got a curmudgeon like me to LOLs all night long. The show we went to is actually up on Netflix now if you want to see what I’m talking about. It was also much more enjoyable than when we went to Chicago in November and Caitlyn got wicked food poisoning.

2. Deep in the heart of Texas

Aw, I love you, too! Caitlyn poses in front of an iconic piece of street art on South Congress.

Aw, I love you, too! Caitlyn poses in front of an iconic piece of street art on South Congress in Austin.

There’s not much about Texas that intrigues me, but the one thing that does is Austin. That’s probably because it’s the least Texas of any Texas city and there’s loads to do: Local music, great veg cuisine and even some nice performing arts locations (how can you not like a play about the history of the vibrator?). Another plus: This was just a few weeks after we lost power and were dealing with -40 temps in Indy, so it was nice to go somewhere that was in the mid-to-upper 60s.

1. Buying The Frankfort House

It looks much nicer without the snow! Too bad it rained 90% of the time.

The Frankfort House.

Sure, the purchase will cripple our travel plans for the foreseeable future and mean less blog posts than normal, but we stand by our decision, dammit! Our cozy little cottage, just a short walk from Lake Michigan, will be well worth it when we have a kid someday. You can get a first-hand experience of what I’m talking about; it’s available for summer 2015 rentals!

Happy trails, 2014 – it’s been real. Let’s make 2015 even better.


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