During the Fourth of July I try to recount some of the things that I love about this country. One of the things that I love about America is… America.
My friend the Liebermans once told me that a person can love the United States, but the only way one can truly appreciate this country is to travel the different states to see how diverse this state is. They were right. Since that talk, I’ve had this idea to try to visit all 50 states before I die. I’ve visited 20 states so far and each state was diverse and different.
I’ve visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachussetts, Martin and Coretta Scott King’s tomb in Atlanta, Central Park in New York City, the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival in New Mexico, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, the spot where Lincoln said his Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania.
As I’ve gotten older, it’s become more important to visit my family. So I probably won’t be able to make my goal of 50 states. But I may be able to make 30 or 35 more states. I still would like to see the Everglades in Florida, visit Yellowstone, see the famed bridge in Selma, ride a steamboat in the Mississippi River, maybe attend the Sundance Film Festival.
Here is a video of the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival. It was one of the coolest vacations my wife and I took. We both felt like little kids as we were on the field and we looked in awe as 700 hot air balloons were filled with gas and they began to float in the air. The balloons were in different shapes: some where cows, some were bumblebees, there was a giant floating Jesus.