Well, the first 7 days of 2018 are in the books, it’s been an arctic wonderland across most of the US, and I’m sure most of you are planning your 2018 camping and travel season, if you didn’t already get it done in 2017.
I’m sitting in a truck stop just about 30 minutes west of Nawlins, err sorry, New Orleans. If I hadn’t rolled in here late this afternoon, I probably would have gotten a taxi/Uber/Lyft and gone down to the French Quarter for a few hours. But, I have things I need to get done before I deliver in the morning. Oh, and another downer is that I’m literally 1 mile from the Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, but I got in too late to get there in time for the last tour. I believe I saw a place similar to them on a video from Paul and Lorena of The Motorhome Experiment (I believe episode 39, season 2), and thought I’d really like to go to a place similar some day. But alas, today isn’t the day.
So, that got me thinking about my future travel plans and what my must see destinations would be. The problem is, my bucket list keeps getting longer as I watch videos on YouTube, read blogs and cruise through websites. What started as a one page list could possibly now fill a 200 page book. I guess, the best way to lay out my list is to have a general trip or destination in mind, but know that it could be filled with a million detours. In saying that, I present to you, my travel bucket list, in no particular order.
- Travel the entire old Route 66, at least what’s left of it. As a car guy and travel lover, this is a must-do for me and may be my first adventure once I hit the road. As a truck driver, I can only enjoy parts of it from the highway.
- Visit all of the national parks. There are 58 of them, and quite a few people have been to them all. I want to be one of those people. Not all of them can be reached by car from the contiguous United States, like the ones in Hawaii, so those few that can’t may be a bit of a pricey venture.
- Drive the route of the Pacific Coast Highway, California SR 1. Driving the 656 miles of the California coastline is another car guy must see and do. I may not be able to do it in a 50’s woody wagon with a couple surfboards strapped to the top, but a guy can dream can’t he!
- I would like to tour as many civil war era sites as I can. As much as I disliked the subject in high school, I’m now a fan of American history and the civil and revolutionary wars. This is another group of sites I see from the highway, but I just have no time to stop, or a place to park my truck for that matter.
- One destination on my list doesn’t seem huge to many, but it’s been on my list for a couple decades. After making plans to go a dozen times, something has always come up, so I had to cancel. Key West and the Florida Keys, while super touristy, will always be a “holy grail” item on my list. Duval St., Jimmy Buffett/Margaritaville, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Mallory Square, etc. are all well known pieces of the Keys that I want to experience.
- Train and railroad industry related museums are all over the country, and while I may not be able to see them all, I’d love to see most of them. Notably are the ones in Altoona and Strasburg, PA, East Broad Top in the Virginia’s, Colorado’s Georgetown Loop, many museums of science and industry feature railroads, and many rail fanning spots across the US. But, one place that would top all of those is Greenfield Village.
- Canada. All of it.
- Japan. All of it. Maybe by RV.
- Mexico. Parts of it.
- I want to see a NHRA and NASCAR race at every track. In NASCAR, I follow Hendrick Motorsports drivers, mainly Jimmy Johnson, so I’d be rooting for them at every race. And in the NHRA it would primarily be John Force and JFR, but I have favorite drivers in more classes than just funny car. I could get into a day long discussion when it comes to racing.
- I think last on the list, I’d like to experience a ball game in every MLB ballpark, following the Reds for the National League, and the White Sox in the American. Sorry Indians fans, that’s how I roll. I want to include Cooperstown in this trip.
There are obviously more on my list, but I figure if I have these places pinned on the map, I’ll get to the others along the way. Most importantly, I’d love to bring my kids with me, but by the time I get to knocking these trips out, they may be off to college or working and can’t go. We’ll just have to see when that time comes.
So, what does your bucket list contain? What are your top 5 destinations? How would you want to get there; drive, fly, train, or maybe a cruise? Let me know in the comments, or on the post on Facebook!
(Sorry, no epic photo this time. Not much to look at here at the Pilot 😂)