I own the book "1001 Places to See Before You Die". I've owned it for years, and about once every year I crack it open and then get totally discouraged at all the places that I probably won't have time to see, at least until I'm retired. I feel like I've already traveled a lot for my age, but I still have yet to make that broad leap across the pond to Europe. And now that LittleM is here, I have a feeling that might be awhile, and that's okay, because he is the greatest adventure.
Of course, I'm already planning my next (sort of secret!) trip for this Spring, but until then, I have the travel itch. I know, we just got back from Hawaii. It's ridiculous. To hold back the tide of my yearnings, I thought I could compile...
Colleen's list of the top eight places that I've been that I would recommend you see before you die.
Longest list title ever.
I'll mostly speak in pictures.
Here is where I would recommend you go, all the places from this tiny corner of earth that I've seen..
1. The Olympic Peninsula, Washington. If you are heading this direction, make you you drive up from Seattle and take in the Hoh Rain Forest, Forks (pretend it's not from Twilight), and the La Push Beaches. I could spend a month here. Prepare for a million different wet shades of grey, blue and green. The entire area is just..haunting. It will stay with you for a long time.
2. Princeville, Kauai: Paradise found. That's all. It's just perfection. If I found out that the Garden of Eden was actually found here, I would shrug and say "Well, DUH!" The beauty is so much that at times it feels like your chest will burst open and weep.
3.The Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. Fire in the hills, and the place where we will, in all honesty, probably choose to retire. It's so lovely.
5. Muir Beach in San Francisco. It literally feels like you've reached the end of the world.
6. Florida. From the shores of Singer Island to the dangerous, seductive Everglades, this place has of a lot of natural, stunning, humid beauty. You just have to get away from people to find it.
7. Las Vegas Weird? Yes. But, the strip at night - there is nothing quite like it, and it's a man-made dazzling thing of beauty. During the day it can make you barf, but at night it's only magical and full of dark possibility that awakens the primal.
8. Breckenridge, Colorado. Sure, I'm biased since I get to go every year, but there is a quiet and lush hometown feel to this stunningly gorgeous place, especially when the aspens are changing. It's a place to see nature at work, and a place to just marvel at God's great creation.
Okay readers, where do I need to go in the U.S before I die?