Travel

My BHAG: To go to all the places!

Current Status: We now have an RV and will take up part time RV Travel. We are starting small and visiting all the Tennessee State Parks. After that? Maybe full time RV Travel. Visit all the National Parks and ton of cities across America. After that? Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, Moon, Mars, Etc. Somewhere in there I’ll probably die (I guess). Regardless, there is a great big world out there and I haven’t seen most of it!  I intend to do my best to change that.

What Are Our Goals?

See All The City Parks (Nashville)

Nashville is my favorite city in America and it is because of this list. The city has the best park system in the nation! Change my mind!

See All The Tennessee State Parks

There are over 50 it them so it will take a while.

See All The National Parks

This is THE goal.  The United States has 61 national parks.  I’ve been to only a couple of these so far.  It will take many years to accomplish this goal but if fully accomplished I believe it will be very satisfying and quite an accomplishment. There are also many more National Monuments along the way (and National Memorials). While we are traveling the country we’ll hit all the state parks that interest us along the way. We’ll hit those too!

See All The States (and a TON of Cities)

As we explore the US we will surely visit every state at some point (and many, many cities). We’ll keep track of them and force rank our favorite ones along the way!

See Canada

We’ve hit a few spots in Canada already and will likely hit a few others before we get to this goal.  But once we see the entire US we’ll go north and see that big old country.  It looks like my kind of place!

RV The World

Pick a spot on the globe and do the same thing.  We can rent/buy an RV once we get there and do the same thing on other continents.  This is obviously a large commitment and an extreme end of the full-time RV endeavor.

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