While I spent much of the year navigating the pandemic, I still got to experience so many things. Every year is filled with love and loss and great memories. Here’s a slice of what my 2021 looked like.
Kicked off 2021 with … cold brew coffee
This was the first cold brew coffee of 2021. The first of many!
Presque Isle Lighthouse in snow
I don’t know if I had ever walked to the lakeshore side when there was snow on the ground.
I walked on (frozen) water
This was my first time walking on Presque Isle Bay from the Presque Isle side! I watched people ice fishing, playing hockey and doing other ice-related activities.
I got vaxxed
Doing the neighborly thing.
Visited the Erie Zoo!
This little baby orangutan is adorable!
I visited Wawa. (Twice)
We all make mistakes.
Saw the White House
Pennsylvania Avenue was closed, so this was the closest I could get.
Swam in this natural spring pool
My first visit to Bedford Springs! I had this pool to myself for at least 90 minutes.
Got to see this Gulf station!
Finally! I’d wanted to see this building ever since WQED’s Rick Sebak shared it on a history program.
Visited the United 93 crash site
I was here a week shy of the 20th anniversary.
Our beloved rescue Kaci died
Took a stroll to see old buildings, sites in Ellicottville
Selfied with world’s largest pickle
It’s a big dill.
Watched fireworks be lit off of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building
That had never been done before!
I got to see NYC decorated for Christmas
This was such a highlight of my life!
Saw Macy’s Christmas windows!
Saw the Rockettes!
What a great show!
Made new friends
Best NYC tour guide!
Saw old friends!
I love these guys.
Saw Erie history light up!
The Warner Theatre marquee had not been lit in more than 40 years.
Rode the Jack Rabbit on Christmas Eve
In the 101-year history of Kennywood Park’s Jack Rabbit, it had never operated in December. I got to ride it on Dec. 24! I also ate Potato Patch fries on Christmas Eve. Yinzplosion!