Since my last post on August 28th, I have been experiencing an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure……more specifically, a MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE! It will take way more than one post to blog about it…..if I tried, it would surely qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest blog post in the world! 🙂 So, what I plan to do is give an overview of the adventure and, over time, do smaller posts with more details and photos of specific parts of the wonderful memories I have to cherish and to share.
So, let’s start at the beginning……my brother and sister-in-law invested in a new motor home back in March. They mentioned a few times about me thinking about the possibility of going on some little trips with them from time to time. Well, I am not the “camper” type, so I politely said I would keep it in mind and if something comes up that piques my interest, I’ll consider it……and, meant it! One day, we were talking on the phone and they were telling me about some planned trips…..a few over nighters, a couple 3-4 day options…..and, then he said they were planning a 15-20 day trip out west with my sister-in-law’s sister! Hhhmmm……I said, “now that one I might be interested in….” – half joking…..I really couldn’t see myself being away for that long – I have obligations and a dog and besides, they already had my sister-in-law’s sister going and I’d be horning in and lots of other really good excuses! I tried to just forget about it, but I couldn’t! Everyone I talked to about it urged me to do it, saying it was a wonderful opportunity and what did I have going on that couldn’t be worked around!!!??? So, I talked more with my brother about it…..the more we talked, the more interested I became…..the more I talked to others about “this crazy idea I was considering”, the more excited I got…….the more I tried to convince myself NOT to do it, the more I ended up convincing myself TO do it – WHY NOT!!!???
So, we started planning and ironing out the details……by the time we added ideas for things to see and do, the 15-20 days turned into a full month and maybe a little more! But……it was a big “GO”! And, it was WONDERFUL!!! I can not imagine how deep my regrets would have been if I had given into my “I really shouldn’t” voices!
Here is the overview:
I can’t wait till you get to see some of the over 2000 photos I took and hear some of my many, many stories! It will take a while to get through my photos and to write mini-posts about some of the most interesting adventures we experienced. Keep watching……the posts will be identified as part of this wonderful experience with the abbreviation “MEA” (Most Excellent Adventure) in the title!
And, to close out this post……Here are two scans of United States maps – the first is colored in with states, adjacent countries, and major bodies of water I had previously been to BEFORE my Most Excellent Adventure and the second is the same map colored in with the states, adjacent countries, and major bodies of water I visited DURING my Most Excellent Adventure! I now have a NEW Major Bucket List item: to finish coloring in the entire US map…..I have 13 states to visit to make complete that goal……that sounds perfectly do-able….after all, they are all on the continental US (I’ve already done Alaska and Hawaii) and three of them are right here in the New England states!!! 🙂
You all will surely hear all about any adventures that help me create an entirely pink US map!!! 🙂