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Ryan and Megan's 2009 Christmas Card

2009 Christmas Card

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  • Cover: Skagway, AK: June 9 (original pic) - One of the best experiences we had in Alaska was being able to go dog-sledding on the top of a glacier, but due to some cloudy and windy conditions, it almost didn't happen.
  • Louisville, KY: September 28 (original pic) - It took us a while to get out to Louisville; in fact, we thought Kentucky might end up being our 50th state! But there is actually a lot to offer in this beautiful area, and the Louisville Slugger Museum is just a piece of it.
  • Kennebunk Beach, ME: October 17 (original pic) - Kennebunkport, Maine is the summer home of the Bush family (you remember, the president at the start of this year?), and it makes for one cold ocean visit in October!
  • Columbia, MD (Sweeney Todd): October 31 (original pic) - For Halloween, Ryan dressed as the main character in his favorite 'musical', Sweeney Todd, as Megan pulled off a perfect Mrs. Lovett.
  • Disneyland, CA: May 25 (original pic) - During a trip to southern California, Ryan got to meet his all-time hero (besides Sweeney) - Goofy! He only waited in line about 15 minutes for this picture...
  • Baltimore, MD: May 16 (original pic) - This past spring, Megan added a couple initials to her name by getting an MBA from Loyola College (she was the last class of Loyola College, which is now Loyola University).
  • Alaska, Our 50th State: June 11 (original pic, alt) - The highlight of 2009 was our arrival in our 50th visited state - Alaska. We brought the whole family with us on Radiance Of The Seas. Also pictured: Our waiters, Oscar and JoJo.
  • Sequoia Nat'l Park, CA: May 23 (original pic) - Home of the world's largest tree, General Sherman, we took a trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.
  • Fenway Park, MA: July 26 (original pic) - A double-dose of baseball stuff on our card! We went to the nation's oldest ballpark, Fenway, to see the Orioles beat the Red Sox by a score of 6-2. Thanks to Colleen for the tickets!
  • Appalachian Trailhead, GA: February 15 (original pic) - In 2009, we had a chance to explore more of the southern states, including a stop at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Shortly afterward, we spent some time stalking our Alter egos (ask about this offline).
  • Key West, FL: February 9 (original pic) - In the early part of the year, we spent some time in sunny southern Florida with Megan's siblings - and we ended up only 90 miles from Cuba!

Finding the best pictures to represent ourselves in 2009 can be a challenge. We knew we wanted to represent Alaska on the cover, so these were a couple other close contenders (by the way, these two pictures: pic1 and pic2, also taken in Alaska, were originally proposed for Megan's parent's Christmas card):

Original Cover #1 (Our 50th State) - June 14

Original Cover #2 (Radiance Of The Seas) - June 10

As for the rest of the card, below are some of the ones that didn't quite make the cut for one reason or another:

Niagara Falls, NY - January 17

Watertown, NY - January 19

Key West, FL (Start of Route 1) - February 9

Islamorada, FL (Robbie's Marina) - February 9

Miami, FL (Villa Vizcaya) - February 9

Miami Beach, FL - February 10

Fort Lauderdale, FL (2009 Orioles Training) - February 10

Durham, NC (Duke Gardens) - February 14

Franklin, NC - February 15

Atlanta, GA (Carter Presidential Library) - February 15

Baltimore, MD (Oriole Park) - April 10

North East, MD (Shore Opening Weekend) - May 2

Coronado, CA (Hotel del Coronado) - May 22

Joshua Tree National Park, CA - May 22

Kings Canyon National Park, CA - May 23

Long Beach, CA (Queen Mary) - May 25

Yorba Linda, CA (Nixon Presidential Library) - May 25

Ketchikan, AK (Mountain Point) - June 7

Icy Strait, AK (Radiance Of The Seas #7516) - June 10

Glennallen, AK (Trans Alaska Pipeline) - June 16

Glennallen, AK - June 16

Baltimore, MD (M&T Bank Stadium) - August 13

Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island) - September 12

Sunken Meadow State Park, NY - September 13

Clermont, KY (Jim Beam Distillery) - September 28

Louisville, KY (Churchill Downs) - September 28

Annapolis, MD (Family Reunion) - October 3

Huntsville, AL (US Space & Rocket Center) - October 11

Acadia National Park, ME - October 18

Acadia National Park, ME (Bubble Rock) - October 18

Charlottesville, VA (Monticello) - October 24

Sturgeon Bay, WI - November 8

Hampstead, MD (Fra-Mar Tree Farm) - November 29

Bethel, NY (Home of Woodstock, 1969) - December 14


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