On this trip, I learned that for me, being around water outranks mountains by a hair. I've always thought of them as equally important. Not this time. Nothing decompresses me faster than the sights and sounds of big water.
So the timing of this couldn't have been more perfect. I had a lot to purge and sort out. This was the trip I was supposed to have taken last fall right at the time hurricane Sandy made landfall. So I had a year to use the travel credit.
I spent a lot of time in transit because of the various modes of transportation -- Also related to said travel credits. Normally it would have bothered me as I like to "get there" in the most efficient way possible but I quite enjoyed the lengthened time between places. I needed it.