The Joys of Travel

Thursday, September 5, 2019

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times” – Asian Proverb 

I have debated, and pondered and wondered.... should I share our travels while on the mission field, while on iteration, while simply doing life?  I mean what will people think?  Finally, I have decided that it should be.  So, I'm going to digitally record all the amazing places we've experienced, even from before when we both had jobs. Why and what led to this.  

First, this blog is mostly for me; a record of who I am and the experiences that have shaped my life.  A personal journal that someday my kids can have and share and read. With two parents gone, I see now the importance of leaving behind pieces for your family.  This blog is more than just my moment to share with the world.  It's a place for my children to have when I go. I want them to have these memories.  

Second, I love to read about the world with its history.  I'm sure others do to.  I want people to see the beautiful people and places that make this world such an amazing place to live.   Sometimes I find me longing to visit a place simply because someone else showed me that place and it captured my heart.  The hope is that someday, one place on this blog will find a reader, capture their heart and create a longing for the place and the people that live there. Perhaps, it may lead to a "calling."

Third, if you think we traveled to far-off places to see these things you are wrong.  All of these place are right around the corner, within a few hours of our home.  Here in Kansas we head out to the lake, or maybe visit the Salt Mines or a cave.  We tube down rivers.  Some would view our pictures as luxurious because they live in dry places, or don't have access.  We, in Kansas, say it's just what we do. So these stories are just what we do, when we have days off and have a little time to breath the air.

The joy of our travel, is finding uniqueness along the way.  The journey is made  beautiful when we discover what is around us and on the way.  It's learning to make a stop, to experience a moment.  It's saying "why not?"  We have seen some of the most unique places simply by choosing to take the side road and see what's hidden in our own backyards. When we turn off Netflix, to choose to give up eating out, buy second hand-- we can have a few extra dollars.  It's possible.  But really the most important thing is learning to say yes to the moments and the miles and let them begin to mark memories for a lifetime to come.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

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