Monday, June 20, 2011


Last July (2010) we completed our adventure on Route 66 from the Beginning in Chicago, Illinois to the End of the Trail at Santa Monica Pier in California. This year (2011) we will begin our cruising on Lincoln Highway. I read that Route 66 is the Mother Road and Lincoln Highway is the Father Road. I laughed and commented to my husband when I saw the front cover of Parade Magazine (Sunday, June 5, 2011) - photo below - Jimmy Fallon's list including Go to Graceland (we did it in Feb. 2001 and again May 2011); Take a ride on Route 66 (been there); See the Grand Canyon (done that)!

The featured article began on page 11 listing other items/places that Fallon also would like to do such as singing onstage with Paul McCartney (in 2002 we saw Sir Paul in concert) or soaring over the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon (well, we went to the hot-air balloons festival at Forest Park). Fallon also listed getting an RV and drive across the country (my husband would rather drive the T-bird or the Mustang).

Here are what on other people's "bucket list" compared to our "done/wish list" - not in any particular order of importance:

1. See Mount Rushmore (we are planning to do that in September this year).

2. Eat real BBQ in Memphis, Tenn. or Kansas City, MO (done that) - Austin, TX is still on our list to visit;

3. Watch a lawn mower race (done that in Claremore, Oklahoma);

4. Visit a Farm (Not sure if this will count - back in 1987 when I almost married a man from the Netherlands who moved to Canada to be a pig farmer. It is a long story with a sad ending and I don't want to talk about it!)

5. Participate in a tradition that's so odd, it has to be American, like the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island (we not done it yet) or the sidewalk egg-frying competition in Oatman, Arizona (we were in Oatman and almost did not get out of town because a burro blocked our way until we gave him a carrot);

6. We hope to stand at the base of a really tall tree like the giant sequoias in California;

7. Own a pair of cowboy boots (done that);

8. Attend a religious service of a faith different from your own (will have to table this item for now);

9. Invite someone new to Thanksgiving dinner (good idea but bad idea since I don't cook!);

10. Read the Constitution (after I finish reading both the Old and New Testaments);

Check back later for other items on the list. Feel free to share your lists.

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