I'm discovering that I don't create nearly as many albums any more because my wife does most of the picture-taking these days. Maybe I'll find a way to remedy that for the future. But for this year, the obvious highlight was a summer trip for the 50th anniversary celebration of Lori's aunt and uncle in Tennessee and being able to include sightseeing excursions to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, The Ark Encounter in Kentucky, and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Meagan’s 365 Days of Happy
365 Photos Inspired by my 2015 project, my stepdaughter, Meagan, decided to create her own 365 Days of Happy album—one image for every day of the year of something she was happy or smiled about.
Biltmore Estate/Ark Encounter/Dollywood/Hunt Anniversary Vacation, June 18-24, 2019
185 Photos When Lori's Aunt Earlenne and Uncle Roy announced the year prior of plans for a 50th wedding anniversary/vow renewal/family reunion event, our immediate family began thinking of ways to make the trip a nice extended family vacation. Various stops were discussed before finalizing our itinerary. We knew we wanted to see the Ark Encounter, and that we would likely go to Dollywood at the tail end of the trip. The struggle was deciding where to visit on the front end of the trip. I originally thought to see Cades Cove in Tennessee again after many years. Meg had found a nature area she thought would be fun, but it was nowhere near a suitable route we needed for the reunion. Ultimately, Lori suggested going to Biltmore. Although Lori and the girls had been before, the girls were very young to the point of not remembering much, and I had never visited before—and I hope to one day return and budget to take the extended tours. The whole week of vacation was absolutely splendid.
(You'll probably note that even though the primary reason for the trip was the family reunion, this album has no photos from the event. I chose to just sit and enjoy the whole experience. Lori, however, shot plenty of photos, and I can point you to them if you simply ask.)
Epcot/Candlelight Processional, December 26 & 29, 2019
49 Photos The first half of this album is our third participation in Disney's Candlelight Processional—mostly behind-the-scenes shots plus a few images of after-concert sightseeing. The remainder of the album is our day trip the following Sunday and experimenting with the awesome camera features of my new iPhone 11 Pro—night mode is amazing!
26 Photos Miscellaneous/random shots taken in 2019 which I did not include as part of any other set of photos.