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Someday I think my greatest sense of satisfaction may be fulfillment of travel goal involving my nieces and nephews. When I was a Junior in High School in Bellevue, Nebraska I was able to attend a DECA National Conference in Anaheim, CA. Not only did I learn a lot about myself on that trip, I discovered that I could travel on my own, make choices and experience life in a way different than I was taught by my parents. Sixteen going on Seventeen is an impressionable age. Simple acts like spending money and having a chocolate shake as my drink at a Denny’s for lunch was way outside my typical behavior and comfort zone. Soon I found that I could ride a bus to the beach and suddenly I felt the world was my oyster! I LOVED THAT FEELING!
One day after seeing my nephews decide to not go to college and settle in Logan, Iowa (not far from where he grew up) I thought to myself, he does not know what he is missing! At that point, I decided to take subsequent nieces and nephews on trips anywhere in the 48 contiguous states for a long weekend. Just to see if I could re-create the adventuresome spirit and sense that I had when I was 16. My first trip after setting this goal was with my niece Carla. She loves animals and wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo!
I set a travel goal back in my twenties to reach all 50 states in the U.S.A. by the time I reached 50 years old. I’m doing pretty well having hit 41 of 50 but I am 3 years away from age 50. I have Delaware, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana and Alaska left to visit.
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