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Fifteen places he is anxious to visit again

By JIM BUSEK • Feb 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM

You’ve probably heard I have been making presentations about my adventure travels to local clubs and organizations.

I’ve done several already and have three more scheduled in the next few weeks. They’ve been fun to do, and the audiences seem to like them.

Because I know people have only so much tolerance for someone else’s vacation pictures, I try to keep the whole presentation to about 30 minutes.

The problem with that is I can never answer questions as thoroughly as I would like.

For instance, one common question is: Of all the places you visited in the 50 states, which ones would you go back to see again?

First, I would not hesitate to go back to any or all of the places I visited in the past three years.

But here are the ones at the top of my list — places I am anxious to see again.

• Michigan. It is so close to home I think we overlook what a great destination it is. I would go back to the Mackinac Bridge area for peak color in autumn.

• Louisiana. Antebellum plantations, New Orleans, LSU football and the best food in America.

• New York. Spend more time in New York City: stroll Central Park, take half a day at the World Trade Center memorial and museum and try to catch Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

• Tennessee. I would try to see the synchronous fireflies at Great Smoky Mountain National Park again. And I hear Cades Cove in the park is special; I missed it the first time.

• Wisconsin. Like Michigan, it is a Midwest gem of a destination. And I only saw a couple of its counties the first time.

• Maine. We were rushed on our adventure visit. I would go back to the charming coastal towns and Bar Harbor in autumn.

• Vermont. I would add this to the Maine trip in fall, leaf peeping along the 150 miles of Hwy. 100.

• Massachusetts. I had always heard how special Cape Cod is. And it is. I would go back for sure.

• Rhode Island. The Atlantic is really spectacular in Newport where I would tour a couple of the mansions I did not have time for the first time around.

• Utah. Zion National Park is one of the best. And there are half a dozen nearly as good within a few hours’ drive. I’ll go back for a week next time.

• California. Tons of stuff to see or see again. The Pacific Coast Highway, Death Valley, wine country, the works.

• Oregon and Washington. I have often said the northwest is my favorite part of the country. I’ll go back.

• New Mexico. It’s a unique place that left me with a warm feeling and desire to return.

• Hawaii. Of course.

So there you go. If you are coming to my presentation at Norwalk Kiwanis Thursday, Wakeman Senior Enrichment Feb. 21 or Berlin Conservation Club, March 8 (the Wakeman and Berlin ones are open to the public and free). Please bring a copy of this column to share with whoever asks which state I would like to visit again.

Or, just stay afterwards and we can talk about all the trips again. Hope to see you soon.

 

Jim Busek is a free-lance writer who lives in Norwalk. He can be reached via e-mail at jimbusek@ hotmail.com.

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