I have a life goal of traveling to all fifty states. Some of my friends refer to it as my “Bucket List,” but I prefer to call it my goal. When I established this goal four years ago, I typed a list of the fifty states and highlighted in purple the ones I had been to. The count was 25 plus Washington, DC. What a great place to start… at exactly the half point.
In 2009, I highlighted Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In 2010, I added Rhode Island. In 2011, I marked off New Jersey. (On my trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, I flew home from the Newark, New Jersey airport. I’m counting that.) And by the completion of my Wild Wild West trip, the count had risen to 36, with Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah glowing in purple!
It’s too bad that God asked me to be a pastor rather than a travel writer. I mean, hey, I could have ministered all over the world as a travel writer, right? Just kidding. I love my calling as a pastor, but I DO love to travel, too. So in my “off” time, I am always planning my next trip. I study maps, research cities, calculate travel routes, distribute vacation days on a calendar, budget money weekly to the “Fun Fund,” and plot how I can make my current dream happen.
My most recent “dream come true” was a trip to the Wild Wild West in September. I invite you to relive the experience with me over the next few blog posts. Through words and pictures I’ll share with you the things that fascinated me most. And I’d like to hear about the things that fascinated you most, if you’ve been to the same places.