Jul 31

Where I’ve been

Category: Travel

I’ve traveled a lot, but looking at the maps, it looks pretty anemic! I’ll have to work on South America

(These maps were generated using tools wriiten by Douwe Osinga and found on his site).

visited 24 states (48%)
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visited 9 states (4%)
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3 Comments so far

  1. Niffer August 5th, 2008 10:45 AM

    I liked this idea and will be posting my results soon. I’m surprised, though, that your map isn’t more colorful. You seem to go everywhere!

    I look at your map and think of all the places I have been that you haven’t and I can’t help but come up with a list of things I KNOW you would love to see. Glacier National Park in Montana. Arches National Park in Utah. Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. And that’s not mentioning all the places in Europe that I love so much (Tell Holly that I still plan on posting pictures sometime!)

    I wonder what list you would think of for me. I’ve never been to Maine, or even spent much time in the New England area (though it’s colored on my map as well). I wonder if we were to sit down and compare adventures what kind of list of places I’d walk away with the feeling of “I NEED to go!”

  2. Dan August 6th, 2008 7:52 PM

    What an intriguing post! Well, the map doesn’t show a lot of the places I’ve been, like the middle of some ocean, on a boat or on a plane, or on some tiny island. And it doesn’t show underwater either! But still, I need to color more of those maps in.

    I will add your suggestions to my own personal “to go” list. They sound wonderful.

    I have a lot of favorite places where anyone can go – the Olympic peninsula, the Hawaiian islands, the Maasai mara, etc. But I think my favorite place of all is that wild place – it exists all over – where I achieve personal sanctity by simply experiencing what is external to and larger than myself.

    The way that the ocean looks hundreds of miles from shore when I’m high in the mast of a ship that required my sweat to move it there. The way the moon glints off of the black water – the way it always had before I was, as it will long after I am not. The tiny creature found 90 feet under the surface, that has a small brain but yet has a life as dramatic and as important to it as mine is to me. The small bird that doesn’t give a damn about my achievements, nice car, or personal satisfaction. It just wants me away from the tree NOW.

    All of this stuff reminds me of my irrelevance, which is comforting because it means that I shouldn’t really worry about most of the stuff that troubles me. All that other stuff will go on no matter what, and perhaps I should too. This is what I discover every time I travel.

    This is also the comfort of science, of discovery in general, at home or abroad. I can’t imagine tiring of it.

  3. Niffer August 8th, 2008 9:20 AM

    I love the way you worded that. I feel the same way. It’s so easy to just look around, anywhere, and be amazed with what you see around you.

    And recently I’ve had a twist put into my view of the world. It’s been so much fun to see the world from my daughter’s perspective. I thought that I did a pretty good job of appreciating the small things, but I don’t notice how often birds fly overhead. Or how often planes fly by. Or bugs. I don’t appreciate that grass itches. Or that the clouds sometimes look like balloons.

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