Has it really been a month and a half since my last time sharing with you? Well, I’m back and with some good news:
I will confess, winter is by far my least favorite season. I am always up for travel, but it just doesn’t seem as fun if I can’t play in the sun. So I tend to save my trips until the weather gets warmer, usually in April. But May is my official kick-off for travel season. My birthday is on May 10th, so I typically like to celebrate that by doing some sort of crazy adventure. And then the adventures just continue from there.
The biggest reason I didn’t blog during April was because I was trying to jam-pack a whole lot of travel into just a few weeks. While that was tiresome, it does come with a reward as you will soon get to hear about all of the following:
What’s the view from the other Table Rock?
What to do on the Oregon Coast when it’s too cold to get into the water. (And it’s almost always too cold!)
Can you wear shorts in the snow while at Crater Lake National Park?
Weird wonders of Union Creek.
How to turn a giant sundial into workout equipment.
How to under-dress to go to the California State Capitol. (When you typically overdress every other day!)
How to introduce your mother to the wonderful world of staying in hostels.
Where to find these prehistoric pals.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of the desert.
Why what appears to be an ordinary mall parking lot was probably the best, most outatime attraction!
Why what appears to be a typical McDonald’s doesn’t allow people to buy burgers… and is surrounded by a security fence!
Where the best place to stop is in the limited miles I’ve traveled on Route 66.
What these rocks are and where to find them.
What to do (besides gamble) in The Biggest Little City in the World!
Yesterday, I posted my current Travel Bucket List. However, while I’m looking forward to hopefully accomplishing all those things in the future, I think it’s important to also look back on previous accomplishments. While I don’t plan every single trip around my goals, once I have a trip planned, I try to take advantage of any opportunities available to apply that trip to working towards a goal. I often accomplish several goals in one trip, which is why you’ll see that I have often done several goals at the same time. Here are some things that are no longer on my bucket list, because I actually did them!
1. Go to Chicago. (September 2014)
2. Eat pizza in Chicago. (September 2014)
3. Go up the Willis Tower and stand on the Skydeck. (September 2014- Okay, I’m done with the Chicago goals!)
21. Fly first class. (January 2013, from Denver to Omaha)
22. See Mount Rushmore. (August 2011)
23. Be in the nation’s Capitol. (June 2007 in Washington DC, also in Peru’s capitol of Lima in July 2007 and August 2009)
24. Go to New York, New York. (June 2007)
25. See historic Philadelphia. (June 2007)
26. Travel out-of-state without my parents. (March 2003 to Washington, and many, many, many trips since!)
27. Travel by myself. (This one’s ambiguous: in 2001 I flew by myself but was picked up by family at my destination, in August 2011 I moved to Nebraska for an internship, in September 2012 I went to Tennessee for two weeks but one week was spent with a friend, in August 2013 I took a solo road trip to get to Ohio for my new job… if none of the previous count to you has having traveled by myself, then I definitely took several trips over the past year that would certainly count!)
28. Drive more than an hour. (First time was February 2013 from Twin City area in Minnesota to somewhere in Iowa)
41. Go waterskiing/wakeboarding. (July 2004 was my first waterski attempt, July 2006 proved more successful and was also my wakeboard introduction)
42. Sleep all night in a hammock. (July 2012, at the top of a 60-foot tower overlooking the Platte River)
43. Stay in a hostel. (September 2012, Music City Hostel in Nashville; hostels are now my favorite accommodation!)
44. Attend a Christian music festival. (September 2011, Lifelight South Dakota)
45. See The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. (June 2007)
46. Visit the three main countries that make up North America. (Started at birth in the U.S., ended in Canada July 2014)
47. Hike from base to summit of a mountain. (The tallest so far was Harney Peak in South Dakota August 2011, but was preceded by Mount Humbug and both Table Rocks in Oregon)
48. Ride a roller coaster that goes upside-down. (May 2003, Disney’s Rock n Roller Coaster, and of course with visits to more “adventurous” theme parks like Six Flags Marine World, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Adventureland, I’ve been on dozens more)
49. Be invited to a movie screening before it comes to theaters. (July 2011 for Courageous; I’ve also gone to Grace Unplugged, Moms’ Night Out, and When the Game Stands Tall)
39. Be among the Alps.Completed March 2020 in Germany and Austria!
40. Go to Istanbul or another intercontinental city.Completed October 2015!
41. Become fluent in at least two languages.
42. Become conversational in at least three languages.
43. Go jet skiing.
44. Find a location where Back to the Future was filmed and quote lines that were said in the movie at that location.Completed April 2015!
45. Attend the Olympics.
46. Go to the new World Trade Center.
47. Visit a nation where freedom of religion is limited.Completed October 2015!
48. Eat Mediterranean food by the Mediterranean Sea.Completed August 2015!
49. Adopt children and take them on adventures.
50. Stand on a significant longitudinal or latitudinal line, such as the Equator, Greenwich Meridian or International Date Line.Completed in Greenwich, London May 2019!
51. Be inside a zeppelin.
52. See a giant panda.
53. See Northern Lights.
54. Use my travel experience as inspiration to write a professionally-published book.
55. Spend a period of time living in another country.
56. See the real Parthenon. (I already saw the one in Nashville!)Completed September 2015!
58. Tour the Capitol Building of my home state.
59. Tour the Capitol Building of every state I’ve ever lived in. (One down, at least three more to go!) (Added California Capitol in April 2015 after seeing the Ohio one the year before. Now I have to see Oregon’s, Nebraska’s and anywhere else I happen to move to!)
60. Take at least one trip every month for the rest of my life.
61. Work in orphan care or adoption.
62. Go rafting on class five rapids.
63. Rappel off something incredible, such as the Grand Canyon or CN Tower.
64. See the Hoover Dam.
65. Recognize a celebrity on the streets.
66. Go to the North Pole.
67. Go to the South Pole.
68. Be invited to a speaking engagement.
69. Go on a zipline canopy tour.
70. Become capable of cooking authentic ethnic cuisine dishes from around the world.
71. Own a species of South American camelid.
72. Meet a lifelong travel companion.
73. Go somewhere, probably Germany or France, where the last name “Lippe” is more common.Completed March 2020- when the Germans heard my last name, they were like, “Oh, you’re German?”
74. If time travel or teleportation are ever invented, do whatever it takes to get onboard with this endeavor!