One thing I love more then anything is traveling. I prefer to see the history of the world in its greatness. After 45 years I can say I have been to over 40 states and 5 countries. And with each visit, I learn new and exciting things.
Of course, I have my favorite places. I’m a huge national park fan. Of all the parks I have visited, there are two tied for first. Mt Rainer and Rocky Mountain National parks. Though both mountainous, they each have their unique atmosphere. I think Colorado will always be my favorite place. Have been there at least 10 times, I fall I love each time I go. And with each visit, I still find myself in and around Estes Park and RMNP. With the clean, crisp air and never-ending views, I find peace. Estes has the small mountain town feel with a stream running right through downtown. In the mountains, I feel so much relief of stress from everyday hustle. If you drive to the highest point which is the visitor center, you peak at around 13,000 feet. From there you have unobstructed views of spectacular mountains. Most of the times there is still snow accumulated around the visitor center. I have hiked many trails up there and each time experience a different feeling. Continuing on the main road to eastern Colorado, you will cross the Continental Divide. Another remarkable experience.
At one point I have hiked extensively through parts on the outskirts of the park. I spent one week and explored about 30 miles. The experience was truly remarkable. The only downside I had was the destruction of the forest from a disease. In particular, beetles. So many mature pines were dying in many large portions of the forest into space of empty brown. However, surrounding these large patches where the new growth of Aspen.
Countries. Have been to Canada, Mexico, Panama, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. The Bahamas probably is one of my favorites. With so many outlying islands, peace and quiet is almost a give in. The water is a remarkable blue where you can see feet below you. As a certified SCUBA diver, paradise is the only word I can use to describe the experience here. Beautiful sand white bottoms, colorful coral reefs, and an array of underwater wildlife make the experience unique.
As an honorable mention, and one of my all-time favorites, Disney in Florida. With so much to do, I can get lost there. In particular like Epcot. I enjoy the variety of countries one can visit all in one place. The last time we went, we spent an entire day at each park, all 4 of them. I could have probably spent more time there; however, our time was limited to one week.
More to come…