This will be a weekly post of the most random of random questions to answer- to share my world! Thanks to Cee’s blog for being the brainchild behind this!
What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen? I have no idea. I’ve been to Europe, the U.K., Ireland, and all over the U.S. I’ve seen more famous landmarks than I could probably name. But if I had to pick one, even though I have an intense dislike for it, it would have to be the Grand Canyon. There really aren’t words to describe what comes over you when you step up to that ledge for the first time. 19th-century American explorer John Wesley Powell put it this way:
“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.” John Wesley Powell
Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations? Usually I prefer lots of mini-vacations. Unless it’s a staycation; those I like to be long. But I guess the last year of my life has been one giant staycation, so maybe not…
What is your favorite National or State Park? Watkins Glen State Park, south of Seneca Lake in New York, a relatively short drive from where I grew up. I went camping with my girlfriends there twice during college. The 800+ stone steps to the top of the Gorge Trail are quite the workout, but I’ve done it twice! I think it’s the closest I’ll get to a Middle Earth-like place without actually going to New Zealand. Just don’t accidentally go there on NASCAR weekend…there are wild creatures about, and I’m not referring to the woodland animals.
What is your fantasy vacation? Spending six months in the U.K. and Ireland, exploring my ancestry. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but as a direct descendant of the Plantagenet line through Edward III’s youngest son Thomas, there’s a lot of famous dead relatives I need to visit. David and I spent a week in Ireland and a week in the U.K. in 2013 and didn’t want to come home! We really didn’t see much, all things considered, so we need to go back and get out into the countryside.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m supremely grateful to have made it through another year of marriage, as the 29th was our 7th wedding anniversary. I got us an anniversary journal for Christmas last year that goes all the way up to the 60th anniversary, so I told David we’d better at least make it to 2070!
I’m really not looking forward to much this week aside from trying to advance my workouts a bit by increasing the resistance to level two (of eight) on my recumbent bike. One step at a time. But I’m not happy that it’s going to be June. That month brings back some pretty horrible memories from last year that still make me feel…pathetic, I guess, even though I was really sick in more ways than I knew at the time and there wasn’t anything I could do except wait…