A Major Check off the Bucket List

US Travel Bucketlist

Do you have a travel bucket list? If you don’t, you should consider it! You can’t be an AdventureDawg if you don’t travel at every opportunity. The Travel Bucketlist gives you a goal to start checking items off and encourage you to travel. One of us recently checked a major one off the Travel Bucketlist, read on to find out more and be inspired to start your own.

July 14, 2017

Hello everyone this is Adventure Dawg Tom, and I want to tell you about the greatest milestone that I have accomplished in my life, up to this point.  As my wife and I celebrate our 5th year anniversary today, I am sitting here reminiscing about the great places that she and I have visited over the past 9 years.  How many women would actually want to tent camp for 16 days on their honeymoon in Montana, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Idaho, Utah and Colorado?  Well my awesome wife did and loved every minute of it that we were gone.

In the shadow of the giant buffalo in Jamestown North Dakota.
In the shadow of the World’s Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota
White water rafting with the family down the Rogue River in Oregon.
Rafting on the Rogue River in Oregon

A Major Milestone on the Travel Bucketlist

This is not the true reason of this blog though. On July 3, 2017, she and I took a hike on the Lower Harbor trail from the Schoodic Woods Campground in Acadia National Park.  One might ask, “What was so special about this hike?”  Well to me at 57, it now meant that I had completed a task in all 48 of the continental United States. Talk about a major Travel Bucketlist check! Whether it was living in, working, hiking, biking, motorcycling, seeing a state or national park, a sporting event, or concert, I had completed a physical activity in all 48 lower states. I did not just drive through them, I experienced them.

Cheering on the Bengals at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.
Cheering on the Bengals at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey.
Cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs at their bowl game in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs at their bowl game in Jacksonville, Florida.
Hot air ballooning in Gallup New Mexico
Hot air ballooning in Gallup New Mexico

The Gift of Adventure – The Travel Bucketlist Begins

VW bus campervan like Tom traveled in as a kid on trips with his dad.
Where it all began!

This epic journey started when I was just 7 years old. My Dad and I loaded into a converted VW bus after doing all the work ourselves to get it ready. We headed off to South Dakota from Cincinnati, Ohio to see the Badlands.  We were gone on the road for 3 weeks and loved every minute of it, from fishing in Minnesota, to hiking and seeing the wide open countryside.  My dad has since passed on, but I thank him every day for the sense of adventure that he instilled in me at an early age. He also taught me to love and respect nature for future generations.

A last trip with my Dad to his resting place at Monument Valley, Arizona..JPG
My sister Chris and I taking one last roadtrip with Dad to Monument Valley.
Raising hell on an adventure in Tombstone Arizona.
Tombstone, Arizona
Seeking new heights at the Space Needle in Seattle Washington.
Seeking new heights at the Space Needle in Seattle Washington.

Serving My Country

Manning the cannons at Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania.
Manning the cannons at Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetary, Virginia.
Paying respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, Virginia.

I have had the privilege of traveling most of the world courtesy of the USAF, but there is still no place I love to travel in more than the United States.  There are so many different landscapes, cultures, and history. That is why most of the items on my travel bucketlist are US locations. There is no place like home!

Chilling in the snow at the state capitol in Bismarck North Dakota.
Chilling in the snow at the state capitol in Bismarck North Dakota.
In awe at the rim of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
In awe at the rim of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
My favorite view of all, Bear Tooth Pass in Montana.
My favorite view of all, Bear Tooth Pass in Montana.
Rolling with the curves through scenic West Virginia on the motorcycle.
Rolling with the curves through scenic West Virginia on the motorcycle.

Many More Adventures to Come – The Travel Bucketlist Continues

A camping honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park.
Camping on our honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Fighting the jumping cactus at Saguaro National Park in Tucson Arizona.
Fighting the jumping cactus at Saguaro National Park in Tucson Arizona.

We just returned from our awesome vacation in the New England area as you will read in future blogs. We learned so much about the Revolutionary War. Especially since all we really know about in the southern states is the history of the Civil War. It is amazing how much you can learn while you worth through your travel bucketlist.

A Father's Day helicopter ride along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
A Father’s Day helicopter ride along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
An epic capitol tour in Salt Lake City Utah.
An epic capitol tour in Salt Lake City Utah.
Candle Pin bowiling in Harvard Massachusetts.
Candle Pin bowiling in Harvard Massachusetts.

You will see some of the fantastic places that our family has had the privilege of adventuring to.  The way I see it, I have only just begun the journey. There are many more roads that I have yet to travel down to see what is on the other side of that mountain.

Hiking Antelope Slot Canyon in Arizona.
Hiking Antelope Slot Canyon in Arizona.
Cruising the Back of the Dragon on the motorcycle in Virginia
Cruising the Back of the Dragon on the motorcycle in Virginia
July Fourth along the harbor in Crescent City California.
July Fourth along the harbor in Crescent City California.

Go Out and Explore – Make Your Own Travel Bucketlist

Hiking Fern Canyon in Redwwods State and National Parks in California.
Hiking Fern Canyon in Redwwods State and National Parks in California.

Take the time to go see and learn about the area you live in no matter what country it may be. Whether it is a day trip or a long vacation, go out and live the adventure like the Adventuredawgs.

Playing around in Brattleboro Vermont.
Playing around in Brattleboro Vermont.
Checking off the last state at Acadia National Park in Maine.
Checking off the last of the lower 48 states at Acadia National Park in Maine.

What’s Next?

Next up on the USA bucket list: Alaska cruise and land trip.
Cruising to Alaska
Next up on the USA bucket list: Hawaii.
Hawaii, then Europe here we come!

Thanks for sharing this milestone with me and joining in on all our adventures: past, present, and future!

Your Turn:

What has been your biggest life accomplishment so far?

What is most epic item you have checked off your travel bucket list?

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