Friday Five: The travel dream list

This is my first time linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for WHAT?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run for their Friday Five link-up. I’ve never jumped into the running/fitness blog community before so welcome to a whole new adventure.

I’m a wanderer at heart. The list of places I want to go is far longer than the list of places I’ve been, and the places I’ve been are simply places to which I dream of returning. So my Friday Five is a mix of places I’ve been and places still on the dream list.

The ancestral homeland – Ireland


My family roots are as Americana as you can get. There’s a little bit of German, a little Native American and a bit of Irish. But, there’s never been any denying the Irish side. My heart sings with Celtic music, and our family is full of storytellers in the best possible way. A land of green hills, ocean views and no snakes sounds pretty much like paradise to me. Something in me needs to see the Blarney Stone — though plenty of people will say that I have no need to enhance my gift of gab.


Back in 1999 – before digital cameras that would make this whole escapade of blogging easier – my Mom and I went on what was essentially a last-minute trip again. Despite the news, I’d go back again in a heartbeat. Walking where Jesus walked? Yes, please. The photo to the right isn’t mine, but it is similar to one I took of the Church of the Beatitudes, which is traditionally considered to be the place where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount.

Anywhere, USA

Pennsylvania is the keystone state for a reason. Highways criss-cross the commonwealth, and developers are constantly telling us that our location is why so many warehouses are popping up on what used to be farmland (but that’s a story for another day.) My dream trip? Pick one of the older 2-lane highways that came before the interstates and take one week to drive as far west as I can go. I’d stop at county fairs and craft shops, have lunch at local coffee shops and dinner at mom and pop restaurants. On Wednesday night, I’d visit a church having a midweek service and on Sunday I’d worship with people I don’t know. After a week, I’d turn around and head back doing the same thing the whole way home.


OK, I just flat out love the ATL. Of course, I’ve only really been there for Passion events, but I’d like to visit sometime and hit all the crazy touristy things. Hike Stone Mountain. Maybe try to get into the Peachtree Road Race someday?

Napa Valley, California

It’s hard to pick the final place in my five, but I’ve always wanted to do a cycling trip through California wine country. No particular reason. It just sounds amazing.

Looking forward to reading YOUR list. Where do you want to go?