|"Sailing at Sunset" MM Sikes|
Long ago, I dreamed of traveling to Australia. It would be exciting to visit "down under" far into the southern hemisphere below the equator. But in those days, I lacked time, and with a growing family, the money to travel so far. Still, the thought of a journey there intrigued me, and I kept on dreaming.
Then, we had our first opportunity to travel to Hawaii. First, we flew from Richmond to St. Louis and then took a nine-hour flight from there to Honolulu. Being on an airplane for that long a time was awful. Although it was beautiful on the island of Oahu and even more gorgeous on Kauai, I dreaded the flight home. I was happy we planned our visit for two weeks because a shorter stay would not have been worth the long trip. We have visited the Hawaiian islands twice since then and found that the shorter flight from Dallas is less stressful. But, my desire to visit Australia is no longer there, especially if it involves a long journey by air.
For 2012, I would love to return to one of the Caribbean islands, especially Jamaica or St. Martin. We will go back to Jupiter and Palm Beach, Florida for St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training. We plan to visit our daughter in Wisconsin some time during the summer, and we'll return as we have for more than 25 years to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a wonderful week of playing tennis. None of our plans require long hours aboard a jet plane!
Sometimes dreams are more fun than reality. I dream of returning to Paris and perusing as many art galleries as possible along the quaint streets. I would love to go back to Switzerland. My travel dreams never have included countries of the Far East. I don't want to travel to Indonesia or to the Philippines. I'm too claustrophobic to take a cruise aboard a ship.
As an author, sometimes it's more fun to write about journeys past.
|"Fantasy Skies" MMSikes|
May all your journeys be warm and unforgettable!