My Travel Bucket List

Bill Watterson–creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip–is quoted as saying, “God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things.  Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.”  With regard to my bucket list, it is pretty much the same concept!  As fast as I cross things off of the top of my list, new things get added to the bottom.  No worries though–that just guarantees that I will always have something to strive for and to look forward to.  Here is my list as it looks today…

  • Travel the Natchez Trace Parkway from one end to the other
  • Visit New York City and see the sites
  • Spend a Long Weekend Touring Our Nation’s Capitol (Washington D.C.) 
  • Stay at a dude ranch in the Texas Hill Country
  • Travel by Train within the United States
  • Take a Mississippi River paddleboat cruise
  • Go back to the Grand Canyon
  • See the Peabody Ducks in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Visit the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Spend time in Alaska–home of my college roommate
  • Escape to Hawaii for some fun in the sun
  • Hit the remaining 14 states in the continental US that I have not yet been to
  • Go to Yosemite National Park
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park and see Old Faithful
  • Hang out with Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt at Mount Rushmore
  • Go over Niagara Falls in a barrel…oh wait, just seeing it will be enough!
  • Eat a lobster in Maine
  • Drive along scenic Highway 101 from San Francisco to Seattle
  • Have my picture made with the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fill my National Parks Passport book with stamps and stickers
  • Visit Germany with stops in Berlin, Munich, Berchtesgaden…swing by Schloss Neuschwanstein (inspiration for the Disney castle)
  • Tour the Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia area and do the “Anne of Green Gables” thing
  • Visit London and see Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, the Crown Jewels, Buckingham Palace/Changing of the Guards, and take a spin on the London Eye
  • View Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Go to Ireland and experience first-hand the varying cultures and accents
  • Return to Venice and stay for at least a full week
  • Visit Rome and see the Colosseum
  • Spend a leisurely vacation on the Italian Riviera (Cinque Terre)
  • Hang out for a month in Lucca, Italy
  • Bask in the sun on the French Riviera
  • Pay homage to some of my favorite movies (To Catch a Thief, Grand Prix, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo) in  Monaco/Monte Carlo
  • Head down into the Salt Mines in Austria; take the Sound of Music tour
  • Check out Switzerland
  • Visit Spain – Madrid, Barcelona…
  • Get away to Costa Rica
  • Vacation in St. Thomas
  • Experience the Netherlands…maybe invest in some wooden shoes
  • Go on a Viking River Cruise

All I know is that I better find a money pit and fall into it very soon!



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