There was no greater groan heard than that of a certain teenage girl at the mere mention of Social Studies class. Learning about cultures and geography/travel was about as boring as it could get. Fast forward 20, well let’s be real – 30+ years and this girl now considers world culture, geography, and travel among her favorite and fascinating activities.
I think my love of culture and travel, which has led to new appreciation for both and including the awesome variety of geography around the world, all began with my first mission trip to Peru back in 2005. It was there, homeschooling my young children high in the Andes Mountains in a 3rd world setting that made those ole boring social studies and geography classes come to life. Since then, my travel days haven’t stopped and my experiences just keep growing.
In 2019 I started my domestic adventures with a two week trek West to work as a hired hand on a cattle ranch. It was some of the hardest work of my life but afforded me such experiences I never could have imagined. And my meandering route there without a schedule had me stopping to see Mt. Rushmore, historic towns, mountain hiking adventures, and more.
We can’t really have a story about 2020 without talking about the effects of Covid. It did unfortunately prevent my planned trips to Scotland and Germany. It did however allow me much more time in our great State of Michigan experiencing trails, beaches, and time for cabin remodeling.
After an intimate December wedding for my daughter, and an exhausting whirlwind of a year in real estate I took a short trip to Sedona, AZ where I could relax amidst nature and spend some quality time with myself. The trails were endless and the views were breathtaking. The vastness of the land and mountains is hard to put into words. The colors, shapes, and even vegetation are completely different than here in Michigan. The people and their culture are different too, even right within our own country. Can’t say Mother Nature gave me the best weather, as it seems I brought an end to their drought along in my suitcase. The Sedonians were very pleased about that.
It is always an adventure to roam our Country or travel abroad and I anxiously await the opportunity to go on my next trip as, I hope, we get a handle on this horrible pandemic. But, I must say that despite all the adventures, despite all the amazing vistas, history, culture, and real estate to be seen across the world; it is always good to come home, isn’t it? There’s just something about home that you just can’t get anywhere else. Here in Michigan, we’re never more than 6 miles from a body of water! We have rolling and flat farm fields, woods, water, and friendly neighbors. No matter what, nor for how long, nor where I go: it is always good to come home. I’m not sure what it is. Do you experience the same? Can you put it into words? It might be reuniting with my puppies and their wiggly little backsides, plopping into my comfy bed with its fluffy duvet, the smell of home, the familiarity of the neighborhood. I’m not really sure what it is. But, this vagabond Realtor is glad to be here, living and working right here in the Great Lakes Bay Area. I can’t imagine home being anywhere else.