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Making Plans

Hey Everyone!

I know I recently made a blog post about places I wanted to go hiking, and I have gotten thinking about the places, that don’t necessarily include hikes, or are not hiking specific that I want to go visit, and see.

I have been interested in, and loved exploring the old ghost towns, and restored ghost towns of the American and Canadian West. This began the first time I had visited Barkerville, British Columba, in Canada. I would love to go back to Barkerville again, now that I am an adult.

I am fascinated by old places, as of yet, I am a die hard urban explorer, but I do love seeing these old places, that have a history, and at one time were living, breathing towns that were bustling with life. Then for whatever reason these places became abandoned, and go from bustling to nothing. I don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal, yet I do believe that the places still hold memories of the people who lived there, which is eerie in and of itself. I know buildings aren’t alive like humans are,  but there is just something about old, abandoned places, where human life has left an imprint.

Some old Ghost Towns I would love to visit include:
Bannock, Montana
Bodie, California
Tombstone, AZ
Virginia City, Nevada
Goldfield, Nevada
Barkerville, British Columbia

Idaho Silver Mining Towns such as:
Chesterfield Historic Town Site
Wallace Area
Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails
Silver Valley Historical Area
Custer Historic Mining Town
Silver City Historical Area
Idaho City Historical Area
Sierra Silver Mine Tour

On a less creepy, old, scary note other places I want to go visit include:

Going back to New York City, two more times, once when the weather is decent and warm enough to go see all the sights, and the second time, being sometime between Thanksgiving and mid December. I want to see the skating rink and the tree in Rockefeller center, as well as everything decorated up for Christmas.

I want to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in the fall and see what all the fuss about Autumn in New England is all about, especially since fall is my favorite season.

I also want to go to Disneyland in October to see it decorated all up for Halloween, as well as in December, to see it all decorated for Christmas. One of these trips (Probably the October Trip), I would love to go back to San Diego. I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to the first time.

I would also love to be able to spend a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. I would love to attend the Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey, that begins Christmas Eve night and goes into Christmas Morning, as well as attend a Christmas Service on Christmas Morning. Then head up to Scotland, and stay through New Years (which would include my birthday), before coming back to the States.

I would also love to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Denali National Park, see the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as Nashville.

There is a lot I want I want to see, but nothing that can’t be done in my life time, yet still be able to put down roots somewhere, and have a home of my own. At worst be able to do some urban homesteading, at best have a bit of property and do a bit more intensive homesteading.


Top 10 Places I want to Travel to

There are several places I have been wanting to travel to for years, and have yet to actually visit.

1. Inverness & Fort William, Scotland

2. Glasgow, Scotland

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

4. London, England

5, Ketchikan, Alaska (USA)

6. The Australian Outback (via Sydney or Darwin)

7. Jerome, Arizona

8. Bannack, Montana

9. Salzburg, Austria

10. Go on a Safari either in the Maasai Mara (Kenya) or Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Book of the Week: August 1st, 2013

Beings that I got no responses from my blog readers 😦 on what day of the week people would like to see the Book of the Week Series, it is now up to me to decide. I am going to go with Thursday’s. It is in part with the fact that today is Thursday, and it is the first day of the month, and what better way to start off a new series, than by making the first post on the first day of the month.

The Book I am currently reading is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I have read the first 9 chapters so far, and I am loving the book. I find farm life, what large animal vets and what veterinary surgeons do, especially when it comes to farm animals, fascinating. The fact that it takes place in England makes it that much more fascinating. All of James Herriot’s novels are semi-autobiographical, therefore making it historical fiction based on real situations that the main character (the author) finds himself in as a Vet either actually happened to him, happened to someone he knew, or easily could have happened or had happened in the field with large animals before what would we know as modern veterinary medicine and practices.

One of the cases that had been described in the book, was with a horse who was suffering, and it was to the point that there was nothing the vet could do to cure the ailment the animal had, so the horse was put out of its misery by means of a gun. So if anyone is squeamish animal lover, this may not necessarily be the book to read. Even if you are an animal lover, but totally get that there are cases when things don’t go right, or are not caught quick enough and an animal has to be put down, it is part of life, especially in a time before modern veterinary practices, you’d probably enjoy the book.