Looking Back: Best VL Posts of 2012

Joshua Tree National Park in California

2012 was an awesome year for us: VL work kept us busy, but we were able to take a few amazing trips. The Great American Road Trip was the highlight of the year, and it took us from Cincinnati through the Southwest, and all the way to San Diego. On the way, we camped in Joshua Tree National Park. Mind blown, and self humbled.

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park was incredible. I must be naive, because I had no idea that something like this even existed in the US:

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah was another highlight of the trip, akin to exploring the surface of the moon:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah

On the way back to Cincinnati, we accidentally stumbled onto Cadillac Ranch by Ant Farm:

Cadillac Ranch by Ant Farm

This year, I squeezed in three trips back to NYC. We checked out the incredible New York City Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art:

NYC Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art

Wandering through downtown Brooklyn, we saw the Love Letter to Brooklyn by legendary graf writer Stephen Powers, a.k.a. ESPO:

Love Letter to Brooklyn by Stephen Powers

In Park Slope, I visited the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, part of the 826 network of writing and tutoring centers:

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Store in Brooklyn

I finally got to see iconic Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park and got a Lonely Island song stuck in my head for days afterward:

Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park

My latest favorite piece of public art is Life Underground by Tom Otterness, located in the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway station:

Life Underground by Tom Otterness

A trip to The Cloisters Museum & Gardens was long overdue, since I think I last visited while in high school:

The Cloisters

Back in Cincinnati, I continued my adventures in random exploration, including the Art Deco gem that is downtown’s Carew Tower:

Carew Tower in Downtown Cincinnati

The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati moved into a larger space that better showcases its extensive collection of commercial signs:

American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

The holiday display Trains, Trestles & Traditions at the Krohn Conservatory blew my mind with its high craftsmanship and unusual use of natural materials:

There you go: a year of amazing experiences near and far; it was really hard to pick out just a few favorites to mention here. See also my favorite posts from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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