Quote of the Day:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine
TB read an article on Budget Travel’s website this weekend titled “15 Places Every Kid Should See.” It was interesting, but once I got to percolatin’ on the topic, I found my list was a lot different, and not only because it extends beyond the border. The LS will only be under TB’s iron hand for another fifteen years. We travel a lot, but suddenly I feel a little panicky, because that’s not nearly enough time to show her everything we’d like. Oh well, we’ll pick ’em off one at a time and see where it leads. Here’s my list, always subject to change:
- Washington D.C.–The article specified the Lincoln Memorial, which I thought was silly not only because the Lincoln Memorial is kind of boring but because ALL of the D.C. landmarks are essential. Besides, I like Jefferson’s better.
- New York City–The article I linked again got specific, naming Ellis Island and Ground Zero on its list. I’ll buy those, but mainly I just want her to be there and soak in the energy and the vibe of the place.
- Glacier National Park, MT–Along with Hawaii, in a totally different way, this is the most beautiful place I’ve been so far. It will still be beautiful when the glaciers are gone in ten years, but different, and a little sad.
- Hawaii–Because in addition to a hundred obvious reasons, she can learn how to surf. Such knowledge will only make her all the more formidable.
- Skiing in Switzerland or Austria–For the beauty, for the thrill, and for the experience. I want her to feel at ease in foreign countries and among foreign speakers, and to see that there is a lot of world out there to justify keeping a current passport forever.
- The waterfall in Phoenix, Mississippi. Because Phoenix is where one line of her people came from and because that waterfall holds such a prominent place in my own childhood memories.
- Tahiti–It is the most exotic and far away place I can think of to visit, I’ll only go once, and I want her to be there with me.
- Alaska–The most beautiful place the Rambler has been. And it would be cool to catch the Northern Lights.
- Highway 1 through Northern California, then onto 101 up through Oregon–With the top down, the ultimate American Road Trip.
- Belize–I’ve been reading about lost Mayan ruins, hidden waterfalls, water cave tubing, jaguar sightings and monkey accompaniment. Sounds like a gas.
- Costa Rica–An active volcano, beautiful beaches and jungle adventure (with ziplines) in a place where the National Parks are supposed to be spectacular.
- Disney World–But only once. Before she’s five. And once more before she’s twelve. And that’s it.
- San Francisco–So she can stare blankly at anyone who rants about how San Francisco values are ruining our country.
- The Bahamas out islands–Everyone should know the joy of perfect beaches beyond the sight of condominiums or mansions and beyond the sound of a muffler.
- Whatever single place she can dream up that she thinks would be the most unlikely place she will ever see. If its accessible by plane, train or automobile, we’ll get her there.