There really hasn't been a favorite place. It's all different and all of it has it's plusses and minuses (or as Kathy and the girls would say, roses and thorns). However, I spent some time thinking about it and I can provide some general comments to the question about "What is my favorite place that I've visited?".
There is more to a place than just it's geographic location, and with this in mind I've loved visiting the places that are so steeped in history: Quebec City, Gettysburg, Savanah, St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center, and so many others. History from a book is fine, but then to actually set foot on those places makes that moment in history so much more real. Even better is discovering a piece of history related to some place that you really didn't know much or anything about such as the history of Quebec City and it's founder Samuel Champlain.
|Enjoying Quebec City|
|Enjoying the salt water in the Bahamas|
|not enjoying the interstate highways in New York|
I love a good view. It might be looking from the coast towards the end of the horizon or from some high mountain pass off into the hills and valleys below, or looking down to a town from a view point on an incredible hike, or even just reaching the top of the high point on some road that wanders up and down over rolling hills. Whenever I can look into the distance with my family, I've been happy.
I especially love the mountains, whether it's from below looking up to the mountains that tower around me in the Canadian Rockies, or from some mountain top that we hiked to. This is one reason I'm particularly excited for the current leg of our trip as we have left behind the lowlands of the southeast and headed into the Rockies Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado.
|celebrating a mountain top on Acadia National Park in Maine|
|hanging out with Baba on the St Lawrence River|
|hanging out with cousin Jennie Ruth on the USS Wisconsin|
|hanging out with friend Sophia in Nashville|
|hanging out with sis-in-law in Va Beach|
|hanging out way too long with the Micheli clan on a monorail at Disney World|
|hanging out with a brother|
|literally hanging out with cousin Hayden off Key West|
|hanging out with the cousins Warren, Barry and John in Dallas|
|hanging out with cousin Milly in Locust Grove|
(Extreme apologies to all friends and family who are not represented with a picture in this section of this blog post, you are still loved just as much as those who I could find a picture of.)
There are a ton of places we've visited which I've really enjoyed, which I would otherwise never have gotten to see, either because they were so far away (even if I flew to the nearest airport then drove) or they were just not anywhere in my imagination of places in the world that I wanted to visit or they were located in what I previously considered flyover states.
This trip which is just over halfway over has been incredible. I am surprised that in 9 months of travel I feel like we are only getting the smallest of tastes of what there is to see in the USA and Canada.