Let Freedom Ring

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” ~Mark Twain
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~Ronald Reagan

 

 

(I do not necessarily share the beliefs of all the people cited, but these are good quotes nonetheless.)

Veni. Vidi. Amavi.

“Once a year go somewhere you’ve never been before.” ~Dalai Lama

When you have an adventurous spirit like I do, traveling is fun and exciting. It’s hard to keep track of all the places I’ve been. But what about the places I haven’t been? I’ve never once been outside of the states, but it doesn’t stop me from dreaming about it!

We all have a bucket list of sorts. I have tons of things on my list, but in this post, I want to talk specifically about what’s on my travel bucket list.

  1. Step foot in all 50 states. I’m almost halfway there!
  2. Visit Australia. I don’t know where yet specifically in Australia. I just want to go.
  3. Visit where the Berlin Wall once stood in Germany. I’ve always wanted to go to Germany since I was a kid. Germany is probably at the very top of my travel bucket list.
  4. Visit the City of Lights, a.k.a Paris, France.
  5. Visit the Titanic Museum in either Pigeon Forge, TN or Branson, MO.
  6. Israel. As a history buff, I would be in historical heaven with all of the biblical and general history that there is in Israel.
  7. Float in the Dead Sea. While yes, this is technically in Israel, this is a more specific destination. And plus, how could you go to Israel and not float in the Dead Sea?
  8. See the Aurora Borealis. Besides being a cool thing in life to witness, it offers AMAZING photography opportunities.
  9. Greece. Maybe I can finally get a tan.
  10. Niagara Falls. Either the NY or Canadian side is fine with me. Again, AMAZING photography opportunities.

 

This list wasn’t in any particular order. It’s also not necessarily my top ten destinations.

(I do not necessarily share the belief of the person cited, but this is a good quote nonetheless.)

Let me know in the comment section down below your travel bucket list.

 

Time Out-There’s Snow

Not everyone enjoys the cold and not everyone enjoys the hot weather. (I myself prefer the cold.) But at some point, we all enjoy the cold just a little bit more than normal. Today I think is that day for me.

As a teenager, I love snow days and I know other kids do too. It means that school’s out. No school work, no irritating, confusing geometry to work on, and perhaps most importantly no getting up before I’m ready.

I know many adults have to love snow days too. I mean come on, NO WORK. While not everyone likes the cold, surely most everyone enjoys the prospect of no work. Staying at home, relaxing, watching tv, and binge eating.

So what’s the point to this post? Taking a time out and celebrating the little things that remind us to slow down and smell the snow- I mean smell the roses.

 

Photographic  reflections of my snow day.

 

 

 

On a side note, I would like to give one of my favorite radio thinkers, Rush Limbaugh, Happy Birthday wishes.

 

 

 

Touring the Country, One State at a Time

By now you should know that I have a passion for photography. I love taking tons of pictures (especially when taking trips to different parts of the country) so that later in life I can take a trip down memory lane or to share them with those I think might be interested.

To get started, I would like to share a few photos of some recent travels of mine.

Heading down I-40 East towards Nashville, I decided to take some black and whites of the landscape surrounding me.

Once I arrived in Nashville to enjoy The Southern Festival of Books, I took a picture of The Hermitage Hotel, also in black and white.

So far in my life, I have been to 20 out of 50 U.S. states. That’s a lot right? But what constitutes as me having been to a state you might be wondering? Well, I have to step foot in that state for it to count and so far, I have stepped foot in 24 amazing states. Now lets move on to tour the Chattanooga Aquarium.

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more unique and adventurous photos in the near future.

À la prochaine!