I take each Niece and Nephew on a trip

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!

50 States by 50 Years Old

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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