Sunday, March 26, 2017

The A to Z Challenge Starts this Week - Yikes

I flipped my calendar this morning to view the coming week and lo and behold, Saturday is the start of the A to Z Challenge.  I sure this is a big "Yikes" for some, but to be honest, I have completed all but four posts.

After my first challenge in 2013, I learned the hard way to write all my posts in advance and then edit them as I went along.  In that first year I wrote about many of the places I had traveled to in the past.  Like back into the 1960's.  Many photos had to be scanned into my computer which took a lot of time.  But, I managed to complete the A to Z trip from Acadia National Park in Maine (1974?) to Zion National Park in Utah (2010).

In 2014 I wrote all about my three-weeks in Germany and Switzerland followed by the two-week trip to Russia in 2015.  Last year I spent my challenge writing about books on my shelves and places to visit here in Michigan.  This year I am back to a travel adventure abroad in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

I admit that the travel bug bit me early in life.  One of my older memories is of my aunt and uncle leaving for Italy in 1953.  I was only six when I stood at the old Willow Run airport (now a museum) and watched their plane leave.  They had home movies when they returned and it was such a wonderful treat.  Those movies were followed two years later by their daughter's honeymoon pictures from Cuba.

We could never afford family vacations when I was growing up.  So I travelled the world by watching home movies of others and movies in the theaters.  Then when I was in college (on a full scholarship, so thank you donors) I became active in a professional sorority.  I went to the annual convention in Philadelphia and got elected to the National Board.  The travel bug had definitely bitten me.

Upon graduation I spent a week in Nassau with a friend.  We had a wonderful time and started planning a European tour for the following year.  In 1969, armed with plane tickets and a Eurail Pass, I spent ten weeks travelling in Europe before we had to abruptly end our trip due to the death of my friend's father.

And then the following year I got married.  To someone who was not interested in travel.  We went on vacations always planned by me.  One year I was so stressed out before leaving for a road trip through The Shenandoah Valley and Civil War Battlefields that I broke out in hives.  Our longest trip was a three week road trip across the northern states, down the west coast and back home on Route 66.  I have fond memories but alas, the slides I took of the trip all faded over the years.

While I have been busy writing my posts I have remembered folks I've met on my travels and stories they have shared about traveling.  Several women I met have complained of husbands and boyfriends who do not want to travel.  Or they only want to visit the same place, like Florida or Arizona year after year.  So they go alone or with friends.  At first I thought it odd but then realized I have known women doing it on their own for a very long time.

I am all set for the A to Z kick-off on Saturday.  I doubt that anyone will guess what I have chosen for the letter A, even knowing my destination.   But go ahead, give it a try.

I hope you will join me and enjoy lots of pictures, but not a lot of prose.  I mean, there are lots of blogs to read this next month.  Let's travel together.

16 comments:

  1. Amsterdam would be too easy of a guess, but that is what I am going with. Have fun with challenge.

    Betty

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    1. When I first planned my letters, that was my choice. But, no. Stay tuned.

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  2. I always look forward to your A to Z posts because I also love to travel. I look at it as so much fun and never broke out in hives but I doubt you do that now :) It may cost a bit of money but can you get those slides restored? I am just wondering about that. I have no clue which town or city you picked for A since it isn't Amsterdam.

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    1. I had some of the slides put on a dvd, but true restoration is too expensive. I have resigned myself to finding photos online. My kids will dump all this stuff when I am gone anyway.

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  3. I'm a traveler too and long to hit the open road again in our tiny camper, or air in hubby's plane. But the big trips are always commercial. Also a joy. Looking forward to your posts!

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    1. I am not sure I have the stamina for those long road trips I used to take. Ever since I retired I find it hard to just 'sit' in a car to get someplace.

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  4. You have been around!! My husband loved to travel. I was more of the stay at home person. I am glad I took all those trips, and have all the memories, but I am happy to now stay closer to home!

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    1. I love travelling and had thought about going to Scotland in June, but have decided to stay closer to home and maybe do some long weekends.

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  5. Looking forward to your posts. Both Judy and I enjoy travel. Just found out we will be taking another trip to Japan at the end of August - piggybacked onto a business trip.

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    1. Japan is on my very long 'to do' list.

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  6. What a wonderful idea for the Challenge, bringing back memories of places that you love

    Dropping by from the A to Z Challenge

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    Sandra

    Sandra’s Ancestral Research Journal

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  7. I'll guess Aachen, because it's one place I've been to! Good post, Denise - always enjoy your travel blogs. ��

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    1. Nope, but good guess. Looking forward to your A to Z.

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  8. Now I wish I had pushed myself to join the challenge this year. I have the theme, and I've filled in all the A-Z blanks, but actually writing a post for every day was just too daunting. Perhaps I'll start really early (like now) and have everything done and ready to go by next April (says the queen of procrastination...). I'm looking forward to reading about your travels!

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    1. I finished my last post earlier today. Now I can enjoy reading all the other blogs I am following. I keep telling myself I will blog more and then don't so I need the challenge motivation.

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