Happy 12th anniversary to Monumental Thoughts

Willard Hotel gingerbread house

Well, another year passed as Monumental Thoughts is just a year short of becoming a teenager. Wow, the years go quickly.

I wish I could tell you how many visitors we had in 2012 like other years, but the website aged out of Google analytics. It probably wasn’t anything big as the pandemic crippled tourism for the first five months. Visitors picked up heavily in the fall and still going stronger after Thanksgiving than usual so here’s hoping next year will return to 2019 levels.

Personally, it was a tough year. I had a physical setback in January and didn’t get cleared to tour for many months. Luckily, it was just a nerve in my back causing the trouble and has been fine since. I got lucky again.

I turned 62 and opted for Social Security and a part-time workload. After the pandemic crippled my sports writing career (still working some at 44 years), it was time to concede defeat and work more on projects than everyday grind. My wife and I moved deeper into Southern Maryland with a new home and three acres that is a reward for a lifetime of work for us both.

I’m working on more videos for my Rick Snider’s Washington on YouTube. More than 10 million views across social media over two years. It’s a mixture of local sports and history. Check it out. I’m still working as a tour guide, but more specialty items like Smithsonian museums than those daylong death marches across the National Mall. Did a 20,000 step one with Europeans in their 70s recent, though. They didn’t flinch, but I almost did.

Anyway, thanks for reading and watching. Let’s meet back here next year.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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