Travel’s been largely on hold for me – just too much to do at home, for instance, especially when it comes to writing. But what if that were to change?
- San Francisco, Seattle, and Yakima. I haven’t been back to my beloved Pacific Northwest since leaving in 1990. This would provide a basis for an memorable sweep.
- The East African Quakers have much to teach the rest of us, and I can’t think of a better introduction to this mysterious continent.
- Cumbria, England, and Lurgan, Northern Ireland. These two places, a short hop apart on the Irish Sea, are central to my Hodson ancestry. I’d love to see where we’re from.
- Apart from the museums, classical music, and theater attractions, I’d want access to some early Quaker minute books – especially those pages marked “too faint to microfilm” in Lurgan’s surviving records.
- Alsace, France/Germany, and Switzerland upstream. On my Grandma Hodson’s side, these are my places of origin.
- Kyoto, especially. Did I mention my long fascination with Zen Buddhism or Japanese cuisine?
- The Himalayas. Or my interest in Tibetan Buddhism along with the world’s tallest mountains? (Yes, I know it will make it more difficult to appreciate the summits back home, but that’s got to be well worth the encounter.)
- Canadian Maritime Provinces. These are just up the coast from us but have remained a world away. Think I can fix that in the upcoming future?
- Anasazi ruins and Albuquerque. The American Southwest is a huge blank in my explorations. This sweep would end with a visit to some very special friends in their new locale.
- Australia and New Zealand. From here, they seem incredibly unimaginable. Only one way to fix that.
What’s on your travel dream list?
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