Even though you’re having some problems right now, I for one can’t wait to visit again. Despite all the beauty in Hawaii, I’m still fascinated by Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Wandering Pike Place Market in Seattle, I remember hearing a story of a guy who walked there everyday to buy flowers for his wife through 50+ years of marriage. I was amused when looking down on Portland, Oregon from the air and it looked like a mythical city lost in the middle of a forest. Coughing up a lung as I walked up yet another hill in San Francisco. The Pacific Coast Highway has to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. I’ll never get tired of Los Angeles, on the last visit I was like an 8 year old boy when I saw the Batmobile from the 1960’s TV show at the Peterson Car Museum. Wandering through San Diego's neighbourhoods and parks, I can’t pick just one. Seeing a Rolls Royce parked outside a Walmart in Palm Springs. My first time in Las Vegas and watching the minimum $500 bet Blackjack tables after I’d lost my $20 gambling limit on the $2 tables. My first time in Phoenix and being amused how some of the cacti looked just like what I’d seen on the Roadrunner/Coyote cartoons. Someone had set up a telescope at our hotel in Tuscon and had it pointed at Saturn. Road trips to Cour de Lane, Idaho and the beautiful lakes. Not having much money, and excited to find a $20/night motel in Minot, North Dakota only to find that on the other side of the wall from our bed was a very loud biker bar. I don’t remember why it was so much fun, but my wife and I still talk about an Overnight stay in Sheridan, Wyoming. Another fun overnight stay in Deadwood, South Dakota. Still teasing my wife that she brough 7 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip to Minneapolis to watch baseball. Visiting the Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay and seeing an actual Superbowl trophy. Wrigley Field in Chicago is a treasure, as is the Field Museum. Philadelphia’s National Historical Park-the buildings were so old-I’d never been to Europe yet. Visiting the aquarium in Camden, New Jersey and paying the $10 toll to cross back into Philadelphia then making a wrong turn that sent me back into New Jersey and then having to pay the $10 again. Visiting New York and looking back at a photo of me taken at the top of the Empire State Building that has the Twin Towers in the background; we were your friends when they went down and we’re still your friends now. Fenway Park in Boston, a ball autographed by Babe Ruth at the Red Sox Museum, what was Red Sox management thinking in 1920?? A blueberry Ice Cream cone in Bar Harbor, Maine, worth visiting again just for that. The incredible fine sand on the beaches at Clearwater, Florida. Many extended family vacations at Disney World and my 2.5 year old daughter screaming with delight when Winnie the Pooh kissed her on the head. The stone fort in St. Augustine, Florida and the walls still pockmarked from cannonball fire. Warning signs in the grassy parking lot outside the Washington Nationals Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida to watch out for alligators while getting to your car. Miami Beach during Spring Break, we didn’t plan it that way, we just showed up the same time as thousands of university students, including one that had passed out right outside of our hotel room door and we had to step over her to leave our room the next morning.
Lots of small memories of many places. One of my life goals is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium; 17 more to go, so I will be back, just let me know when you’re ready for me.