OT: 30 Landscapes You Won't Believe Are in the U.S.

John jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Mon Sep 7 17:48:57 EDT 2020

International travels?

Mexico - twice, once on one of those family trips to California we went to 
Tijuana for the day with my aunt's family & when I was married we took a 
packaged tour to Acapulco & Mexico city. Didn't see a whole lot because my wife 
spent most of the time being sick, but we did barely make it out to Teotihuacan.

Canada - I'm pretty sure I've been to Canada ... on a train from New York City 
to Detroit when I was a baby. Dad got called back into the Army when he was a 
grad student at Columbia & mom took me and my sister to see her family before 
coming back to North Carolina.

And I think we might have stopped to refuel in Labrador on the way to Kuwait.

Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq - Stopped in Germany to refuel again before going on 
to Kuwait. I saw a little bit of Kuwait city going back & forth between bases 
while I was assigned to the logistics team getting the brigade on the road 
north. And of course traveling between FOBs in Iraq.

Germany, England, Scotland - Landed back in Germany to change planes for my R&R 
trip up to Scotland. Landed in England to clear customs between the EU & UK and 
then on up to Glasgow. In Scotland I got to wander around on my own for 15 days, 
saw Glasgow, Ft William (where I was a month too late in the year to see the 
Harry Potter Train), Malaig, Loch Ness, Inverness & Edinburg.

Hong Kong & China - Ten days semi-chaperoning a college trip. Hong Kong, Guilin, 
Nanjing, Beijing & the Great Wall.

There are a lot of places I want to go & see with my own eyes, but I know I'm 
never going to get there.

On 9/3/2020 17:22:58, ann sanfedele wrote:
> Nice to read, John... thought you might have been to a couple more.
> Here's the thing about travels.. while I have been to 49 states and all the 
> Canadian Provinces, the only other foreign countries I've been to are Mexico
> (deducing that wading across the Rio Grande in a remote area of Big Bend) and 
> France.. while I imagine most of the rest of you on the list have been
> to lots more countries abroad.. even if some were not for such pleasant reasons 
> - I know some of you are Vets.
> ann
> On 9/3/2020 5:02 PM, John wrote:
>> Using the checklist Ann gave me I've got my list up to 13. There are a couple 
>> my family went to when I was a child that I haven't been able to get back to 
>> and a couple more I haven't ... I added Sequoia National Park to the list 
>> because we went through it on the way from my aunts (mom's sister) house in 
>> Sylmar, CA to Yosemite.
>> And Saguaro National Park that wasn't yet a National Park (it was still a 
>> National Monument) when we visited it going out to California.
>> Like I said, I took two trips to California with my family once in 1960 and 
>> again in 1964. The first trip we went via Oklahoma where we picked up Route 66 
>> and the second trip we went down through Atlanta and followed I-20 west to I-10

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