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MY BUCKET LIST

MY BUCKET LIST Years and years ago, I made a bucket list. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I don’t remember everything I listed, so it’s time for a new one to be created or just to go by what I remember or take a trip down memory lane. One thing for sure is to go and explore the fifty states of the United States of America. So far I had gone to thirty five states, leaving fifteen states I still must wander. I live in California and had gone to the other Pacific states - Alaska, Washington, Oregon and the four major islands of Hawaii, as well as the Rocky Mountain states – Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah and Nevada and they are all unique. I had traveled to the Southwest states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and to the Midwest states of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Absorbing! I had seen some of the Southeastern states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They are all captivating. I journeyed to the Northeastern states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania. Bewitching and charming! Our nation’s capital, Washington DC is fascinating, interesting, engrossing! It is not one of the fifty states; but the most important part of America. I had been to the highest buildings using the elevators, of course, the Empire State Building and Sears Tower. I climbed the stairs in the Statue of Liberty and in Washington Monument in Baltimore and felt I conquered the world for reaching the top without my knees giving out on me. I dined in Space Needle and in the top floor of Hyatt Regency, San Francisco while looking and being mesmerized by spectacular views. I rode the Monongahela Incline in Pittsburgh, the steepest incline, where you can see the unmatched view of the city at the top. The Cave of the Winds in Colorado and Crystal Cave in Springfield, Missouri are wondrous sights, extraordinary! The Natural Bridge in Virginia, a sacred site and a landmark. I am fortunate to see these wonders. The Newport Mansions in Rhode Island, the Hot Springs, Arkansas Bath Houses, the Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California are out of sight and enriched in history. Seeing the fifty states of the United States encompasses most of the items in my missing bucket list for it really kicked off most of the places, the views, the natural wonders, the attractions I wanted to see, explore and experience. Like the majestic sceneries of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Bryce Canyon in Utah, the Yellow Stone in Wyoming/Montana, the Glacier Bay in Alaska, as well as the excitement in riding the Hot Air Balloon in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the October Fiesta. Let me not forget the thrill of crossing the suspension bridges of Capilano in Vancouver and Yukon in Stikine Region of British Columbia, Canada and my adventures in Dubai, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Mexico. My feet are itching to go and step on other places; but for now, they are just rocking to the beat of Rock and Roll and will be ready to roll when it is considered safe to go or travel. 12/4/20 What Have You Kicked Off On Your Bucket List Chantelle Ann Cooke

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Date: 12/8/2020 11:53:00 AM
dropping back with my congrats:-) hugs jan xx
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Marilene Evans
Date: 12/8/2020 1:17:00 PM
Thanks, Jan! Hugs to you too!
Date: 12/7/2020 7:17:00 AM
I imagine people have heard you say, "Have bag will travel". Congrats and good for you. In my poem I mention N.Y.City. I worked in the Empire State Bldg. when a fashion fabric designer. Thanks for visiting appreciate your kindness.
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Marilene Evans
Date: 12/7/2020 8:48:00 AM
Thanks, Barbara! I was in Georgia for three weeks, in training in Atlanta. I enjoyed it there. Saw CNN, Coca Cola, the place were the Olympics was held and others.
Date: 12/5/2020 3:12:00 PM
What!? You made a pit stop in Maryland and you didn't text or call...ha! LOL. Seriously, I envy you, Marilene:-) You've really been around and then some! I wish I traveled this much when I was in the Navy! Nice to learn much more about you with this fascinating poem. Congrats on your win
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Marilene Evans
Date: 12/5/2020 3:24:00 PM
It was not a pit stop. I was there for two weeks on a work assignment. I love the crabs, to die for. All those water taxi rides and all the crab sculptures I posed with for pictures. Oh, that stair way climb to the top of the Washington Monument. I really screamed when I got to the top! Thank you.
Date: 12/4/2020 4:41:00 PM
You have written a lovely tribute to the USA. You make sightseeing feel worthwhile in this one.
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Marilene Evans
Date: 12/4/2020 8:12:00 PM
Thanks so much, Caren! That's why it's called America, the beautiful. It is really beautiful. I could not even make up my mind in picking up which ones to include in the poem. Have a great week-end.
Date: 12/4/2020 2:41:00 PM
wow what am amazing achievement lets hope we can get the virus under control and you can travel safely once more:-0 hugs Jan xx
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Marilene Evans
Date: 12/4/2020 3:25:00 PM
Thanks, Jan! Could hardly wait. I was supposed to be in Spain 5/1/20; but not able to go. I really hope I can go soon. Hugs to you.