Here is the second annual post where I highlight my top ten experiences over the past year. I started doing it after I have been noticing a shift in society where experiences are becoming more valued than material goods.
10. Twins Season Tickets
My roommate, his dad and me split a 40 game Twins season ticket package (2 seats). I ended up going to about 8 games. Despite the disappointing season from the Twins, I had a lot of fun going to the games.
9. 5 year reunion
I celebrated my 5 year reunion from high school in August with a boat ride around Lake Minnetonka.
I went to three weddings this past year for my cousin, the girlfriend’s college friend and the girlfriend’s cousin. Two of them fell on Friday and Saturday of the same weekend in October.
The girlfriend and I went down to Whitewater State Park in southern Minnesota for three days in late May. Hiking and golf were the highlights.
6. Travelling for Work
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On June 1, I was put on a consulting project in California and flew out there about every week for the rest of the year. I flew roughly 78,000 miles in that time and received Platinum status from Delta.
5. Trip to Cragun’s Resort
My family along with the girlfriend went up to Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN in late August/early September for a few days. Golf and water skiing were the highlights.
4. Trip to Mexico
I went down to Mazatlan, Mexico in March with the girlfriend and her family. I played golf, read the Steve Jobs biography and hung out on the beach.
3. Skiing at Lake Tahoe
Since I have been travelling to California every week for work, I was able to stay over for a weekend and have my sister come out and ski at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe for two days. We ended up getting snow in the afternoon of our first day, which continued into the morning of the second day to come to 6 inches.
2. San Francisco
The girlfriend and I flew out to San Francisco (another benefit of travelling out to California every week) over the 4th of July for 5 days. Watching fireworks over the Bay and exploring Alcatraz were our favorite experiences.
1. Seeing Friends and Family
I traveled a lot this year and as a result was away from home, friends and family. When I was able to connect with friends and family recently over the holidays as well as at other times over the year, I thoroughly enjoyed these moments.