So Many Places
April 22, 2013
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to travel. I like the planning, the packing, and the rush of making it to the airport in time (not too early, not too late). It's always such a fun balancing act! I like to browse the travel section at the Library and see if there is someplace new that I need to investigate. That is, until I came across the book, 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. That's a lot of pressure. I mean, I'm not getting any younger and travel isn't exactly cheap these days. If I don't make it to all of those places, is my life somehow incomplete? I was relieved to see that I have already visited a few of the places recommended in the book. Kennedy Space Center - been there. The Golden Isles of Georgia - I've done that. The Big Island of Hawaii - it's one of my all-time favorite places to go. Amazingly, I've already seen 114 of the 1000 things that I need to see before I die. Just 886 to go!
So, how do I narrow such a huge list down and decide what's really important to see? Ah-ha! I came across just the book to help me: 101 Places Not to See Before You Die. That narrows it a bit. It has listings like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which actually sounded kind of interesting to me until I read the part about it being named the most dangerous national park in the U.S. It's a place where park rangers "wear camouflage, carry assault rifles, and chase drug smugglers through the blazing desert." Okay, mark that one off the list. How about the Seattle Gum Wall? A place where people stick their already chewed gum to a brick wall close to Pike Place Market. Eww. No thank you. I'll skip that one as well. I guess I'll just keep plugging along, traveling when I get the opportunity, and going places that interest me. I may not see all of those 1,000 places before I die, but I'm determined to enjoy myself along the way.