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.
A Major Milestone
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. 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.
The Gift of Adventure
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.
Serving My Country
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.
Many More Adventures to Come
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.
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.
Go Out and Explore
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.
Thanks for sharing this milestone with me and joining in on all our adventures: past, present, and future!
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What is most epic item you have checked off your bucket list?