My grandson, Tyler, does a lot of traveling and, from time to time, he asks me to tell him where I’ve been, or about one of my favorite destinations. That’s hard as every trip had it special highlights.
There are many places in the US I haven’t seen, but I’ve also had the opportunity to see and visit many places, some many times. The only two states I haven’t visited are Rhode Island and Delaware.
I thought it might be convenient for Tyler, and interesting for me if I could list the places outside the US where Brit and I, Ally and I, Dane, Mackenzie and I or I alone, have visited…not just passed through on the way to some place else. The journey brought me back many memories.
Brit and I went to Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Taxco and Aculpulco on our honeymoon. We also drove to Mexico randomly just because we loved it so much. One trip was to Tampico to meet Vera and Reuben Sparks. We went to Aculpulco again with Karma and Paul Aylward and stayed at Tres Vidas, which may have been dissolved by the salty ocean water. It was a magnificent place.
We also made four trips to Hawaii which were wonderful, but they don’t count in this list.
Brit was the People-to-People leader for a group of Kansas bankers we took to China for an extended visit. We took numerous tours with other groups…and by ourselves. Many were trips that Dane arranged.
Ally and I drove 7,000 miles during our trip to visit Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. We ate only at locally owned restaurants and slept in locally owned motels/B & B’s. Ally played golf with a group of guys we met over a sack of garlic we happened to have and that they desperately needed. No fast food/franchise patronizing. We stayed in Baddeck for a week or so and loved Lunenburg where she took the helm of a large sailing vessel and was invited by the captain to stay and sail for him. She’s that good. I love Nova Scotia.
Ally and I also took a 17 day trip through the Panama Canal on the Norwegian Wind and racked up some wonderful memories. Another time we spent 10 days in Cancun where she spend her time cave diving and I luxuriated at the Grand Mayan Resort.
Another memorable trip was one that Mackenzie and I took to visit Dane in Hungary when he was there working for the Eisenhower Foundation assisting Hungary to return to a democratic government. That was a wonderful trip and holds special memories not only of Hungary, but other countries as well. . Mackenzie lost a tooth while we were there so we launched it in to the Danube and figured some day it would be inside a big fish in the Black Sea.
I didn’t list a family cruise we took in the Caribbean or the bucket trip the family took with Brit before he died. Of course, we didn’t venture out of the US for that.
Brit and I had three trips to London/England and I went another time to visit my friends, Ann Harrison, and John and Geoff Spearman (Ally and I met them on the Panama Canal trip). I remember one flight to from New York to London where we were served 7 full meals before we landed in London and we didn’t go to bed until our return flight home two days later. We were young then.
I don’t have my passports with me which would give me a better idea of what I may have missed, but for all practical purposes, this list will cover most of my travel destinations. I’ve always had an itch to travel…Dane, Todd, Mackenzie, Tyler, Drew and Ally all have the same gene. Before he’s finished, Tyler will put my list to shame. He’s already way ahead of most 26 year old travelers who have to do it on their own.
My Travel To Non-US Destinations (more than just passing through):
San Blas Islands
New Zealand, Rotorua
New Zealand, Queenstown
New Zealand, Christ Church
Indonesia, Jakarta, Jawa Barat
French Polynesia, BoraBora
Japan, Tokyo x2
Malaysia, Jahore Bahru
Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Canada, Lake Louise
Canada, Medicine Hat
Canada, Quebec City x2
Canada, Nova Scotia, Kentville
Canada, Nova Scotia, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island
Canada, New Brunswick
Canada, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Mexico, Puerto Vallarta
Mexico, Mexico City
Mexico, Tres Vidas (where is it?)
Mexico, San Angel ?
England, London x3
England, Southern England Petworth and Pulborough
England , Stanley, County Durham
The end. My traveling days are over.
Thanks for tuning in…