Happy Friday world!!!! I hope you all have had an amazing, productive, and blessed week:)
So….what’s on the agenda for today?? Perhaps you can blame it on my recent trip to Boston, MA, but I wanted to discuss the amazing world of travel, something that up until recently, I majorly took for granted. I didn’t travel a lot growing up…partly due to financial issues, but mainly because, for whatever reason, I had no real desire for it (I know, right??). It wasn’t until after I graduated from college in 2010 that I truly realized there was a WHOLE world that existed outside of Lansing, Michigan. While working at my old job I had the sudden desire to get the hell out of dodge…I had no clear idea of where I wanted to go, I just knew that I needed to see more than the bipolar weather conditions and 3pm-11pm shifts that I was working at the time. I hopped on the computer and was compelled to two places: Texas and North Carolina. Now, keep in mind that I had never been to either of these places….there was just something that drew me to them, I couldn’t even explain it. Long story short, I met my boyfriend several months later, who ironically lived in North Carolina, and from there I began exploring the world of travel. Since then I have been to North Carolina (place of residence, obviously), Atlanta, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Boston, as well as a few other random places in between. Now I know that these places may not be considered exotic or luxurious, but for someone who rarely got out of Lansing, let alone Michigan, I was blessed and excited to visit all these places. As a result, I have met some beautiful and great people…all with different cultures and backgrounds than my own. Going to all these places did nothing but increase my thirst to travel the world (I have yet to travel outside of the country…..yet). It made me even more infatuated with all the beautiful, historic, and awe-inspiring locations that are all over this great earth…some well-known….some not so much.
A couple of months ago I purchased a LIFE magazine dedicated to the 100 most beautiful places on earth….Paradise Found…in this post I will briefly touch on a few of my favorite places described in the book (obviously I won’t go over all 100:). I hope that this gives you the same inspiration and motivation that it did for me….to discover the great beauty that exists all over…
#1 Antelope Canyon Arizona: This gorgeous creation is located in northern Arizona, it has been opened to the public since 1997 and is considered to be one of the most popular destinations in the southwest. How could you now feel the stirring in your soul to visit a place like this?? Right here in the U.S. too….*sighs dreamily*
#2 Pisgah National Forest North Carolina: I’m embarrassed to say that I have not made it to this gorgeous location and I reside in the great ol’ state of North Carolina. This amazing forest is located in northern North Carolina and houses glorious waterfalls, sensational mountain peaks, and hundreds of trails. As I look back at the pictures of this place, I have made the realization that the hubby and I will have to make a trip here in the very near future.
#3 Isla Espiritu Santo Baja, Mexico: So as I have said, I have not had the pleasure of traveling out of the country as of yet, but this destination is at the very top of my to-do list. This little jewel is located in the Sea of Cortez, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Its accessed mainly by kayak, and known for its crystal clear waters, bands of dolphins, and giant turtles.
#4 KII Mountains Japan: Although my traveling has been limited, I have become infatuated with the serene beauty of Japan over the recent months. However, as I looked through the magazine, this particular location stood out significantly to me. The KII Mountains are located right off the southern coast of Japan and is primarily known for being the sacred ground of Shinto pilgrims. There are three scared shrines and two temples that are located within 25 miles of each other; this tranquil place is filled with a mystical peace that I have every intention of exploring.
Now, as I said earlier, I wasn’t going to touch on every single location that was listed in LIFE…I simply wanted to give you all a glimpse of what is out there…just in case you needed a nudge or whatnot:-) Life is too short not to take advantage of the beauty that God has placed on this earth…be inspired and motivated by these photos, just as I was, and maybe…just maybe…we’ll meet on the mountain ranges of KII or on the islands of Baja, Mexico!!
Til’ next time…