The following list contains all of the awesome places I’ve been since about 1997. Although there are places on this list that I go all of the time (like my hometown, Vermillion, SD), if I’ve included it on this list, it means I was doing something tourist-y.
I’ve also started a list of US states I still need to visit >>
Not sure which month - maybe Fall-ish: Ireland
Please, please, please. [Postponed 2020 plans have been difficult to re-plan!]
December 9–11: Milwaukee, WI
A sister road trip to see John Waters' Christmas show.
November 10–15: Nassau, Bahamas
Jason surprised me with an extravagant vacation to Nassau for my 40th birthday!
October 7–10: San Diego
A desperate need to see an ocean inspired this beachside weekend.
June 28–July 4: Milwaukee, WI / Getaway House Chicago (Michigan) / Chicago, IL
Road trip with my new hybrid vehicle & mostly-solo pandemic vacation. Jason joined me for the end in Chicago.
August 29–September 5: Black Hills of South Dakota
A road trip to smell the pines and see a bison (from a safe distance and inside my car) again.
November 9–16: Maui, Hawaii
A birthday gift to myself to celebrate that time I birthday-gifted myself a trip to Honolulu 10 years ago.
May 24–27: Nelson Lake near Hayward, WI
Somewhat spur-of-the-moment Memorial Day getaway.
January 19–February 2: Vancouver • Taiwan • San Francisco
My brother and sister-in-law have lived in Taiwan for 12 years and in October 2018, they welcomed a son, Sagan, to the family. I had to go meet my new nephew! Jason and I made side trips to Vancouver and San Francisco to ease some of the airport delays on our way to and from Taiwan.
August 22–September 3: Scotland
How else would you spend an awesome tax refund when you haven't received a tax refund for the past several years?
April 27–30: Atlanta, GA
I convinced my gal-pal, Crystal, to join me for a quick weekend trip to visit a yarn shop from which I've been ordering online since late-2017. And other hijinx as they are required!
February 8–12: San Diego, California
Remember that resort Jason and I stayed at in Cabo? Well, it's a timeshare... and they enticed us to visit another location with a couple of free nights. But we've talked about visiting San Diego since we started dating! We're planning for a few extra days to explore the city and surrounding attractions, too.
November 7–12: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Yup — we loved it so much that Jason and I are heading back to celebrate our birthdays (which fall within a week of each other).
July 21–23: Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)
What could go wrong when 10 friends who normally sit around playing Rockband or watching South Park decide to rent a cabin without electricity for a long weekend away?
February 26–March 2: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Jason and I essentially spun a globe and put our finger on a random place, which is how we wound up in Cabo for a winter getaway. When can we go back?
February 14–18: Orlando, FL
Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios & finding some warmer weather.
October 24–28: Long Beach, CA
Volunteered at CSSDevConf aboard the Queen Mary.
August 13–18: New England
A little Dalrymple family history in Quincy, Massachusetts, visiting Newport, Rhode Island, a family reunion & celebration in New Hampshire, and a couple days of tourism in Boston.
January 24–30: Florida Keys
December 9–12: Las Vegas
Jason earned a spot in a national poker tournament, so I tagged along — of course!
September 4–11: New England
Touring New Hampshire and Maine before attending an ocean-front wedding.
May 4–6: Mahnomen, MN
Jason participated in a state poker tournament and I looked for bears.
October: Washington DC
Cigna Champions event with Jason and a full day of sightseeing around the National Mall.
June: San Francisco
City sightseeing and a bus tour to Muir Woods and Sonoma with Jason
September 4–9: New England
Road trip through four New England states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine) with Jason.
August: National Balloon Classic
Annual hot air balloon festival in Indianola, Iowa
June: Las Vegas
Attended Cisco Live as an employee between an adventure into the desert of Arizona and an additional personal day to relax and wander the southern end of the strip.
June: Minnesota Winery Tour (Part 1)
Began the Three Rivers Wine Trail of Minnesota by visiting Saint Croix Vineyards, Northern Vineyards Winery, Alexis Bailly Vineyard (not on the formal tour), and Cannon Rivery Winery.
Attended the 2010 ATP Innovations in Testing conference, but made a little time for Disney when I could.
For my 28th birthday, I gave myself a trip to Oahu to visit my friend, Jen.
October: Los Angeles
Attended Adobe MAX and added a couple personal days to explore Hollywood, Santa Monica and some of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Day trip with Jason to the Alexis Bailly Vineyard and a classic car show.
August: Vermillion Sesquicentennial
An informal class reunion and a parade — that’s just how Vermillion likes to party.
July: Hart Lake
Johanna invited me and a couple other friends to her family's cabin for a weekend.
May: Red Wing
Day trip with my mom to admire antiques and sight-see.
November: San Francisco
Attended Adobe MAX and made additional time for sight-seeing and a road trip through San Jose and Monterey.
July 25–27: North Shore / Finnish Festival
July: Pacific Northwest
Attended Image Explorations in Victoria, BC, followed by some time visiting my friend, Jen, in Washington.
June: Mille Lacs
Day trip with Rebecca to find a beach on the second largest lake in Minnesota.
Weekend with my sister, Karyn, and our friend, Lynn.
September: Madison, WI
Visiting friends, Bridget and Lindy.
April: Washington DC
Bus trip from Minneapolis to DC to attend the March for Choice rally with very little time for sight-seeing (and a lack of working batteries in my camera).
Visiting my friend, Kristi, in München with day trips scheduled to Füssen, Stuttgart, Nürnberg and Salzburg, Austria.
May: Backpacking in the Black Hills
May session course through the University of Minnesota with my friend, Jen.
March: Thunder Bay
Spring break road trip with friends, Jen, Kristi and Cameron — we shoulda gone south, ’eh?
A very quick weekend trip (and my first commercial airline flight) to visit my friend, Jess.
March: Greeley, Colorado
Spring break road trip with friends, Kelsey and Jess, to visit Kelsey's friend, Jenny, tour her college, get tattoos in Boulder, and visit Denver for an evening.
Not sure which month: Oklahoma
Family road trip to visit my brother at basic training.