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Winter is quiet here

I debated whether to keep this blog open, but I couldn’t let it go.  There are so many wonderful things about this island that I still want to share, so we’re back in business.  This blog is more or less a journal of mine living in the island with a few treats about other traveling destinations that I take or hear about and it’s so much fun to talk about travel.

Today it’s cold, but not as cold as the rest of the country so I should feel blessed, right?  We haven’t had any snow to speak of yet.  A flurry or two and I really had to look hard to see it.  Not that I’m knocking it.  Walking the dogs has become a chore with the wind blowing off the water.  I made the feral cats hanging around a couple of shelters – one made with a trash can turned on its side and the other one with an old styrofoam cooler.  Black and white mama cat loves the cooler.  I think it’s a tad warmer than the trash can even though I have lined the inside with a warm blanket and covered the outside with a tarp wrapped securely to keep out rain.  Why do I do what I do for these guys is beyond me. I guess I feel sorry for them especially when it’s bitterly cold out there.

Traffic on the island is slower than usual but you’ll get an occasional tourist or two wandering about.  Nothing much keeps them from walking the streets downtown even in rain.  I like to see them; it makes the island look less deserted.

The locals are free now to run out to the store without getting behind scooters and bicycles.  It won’t be long before tourist season begins all over again.

I’m mainly cooped up in the house until this weather gets better.  I have my work online to do so that keeps me busy while I wait for the island to thaw.  This weekend, my girlie friends and I are going to Bill’s for lunch, let them shop in town and do the bonding thing.  I can’t wait.  I haven’t seen any of them since before Christmas and I really miss them.

Time to get back to work but I wanted to send an update through.  If you are a Chincoteague blogger and you want to connect, leave me a comment and I’ll visit your blog!

Until next time, wavinghand

Island Chick

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What’s on your ‘Bucket List’ of places you want to go before you die?

The Bucket ListInteresting blog post I read this morning.  Seems there’s a movie out on DVD and BluRay Disc called The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (two of my most favorite actors!) in which they make a list of things to do before they die.

In Yahoo News today, Bill Clinton was talking about his own list of things to do before he kicks the bucket including having grandchildren and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro before the snow melts (which is supposed to happen in the next 20 years).

While I have achieved most of my to do list wants, where travel is concerned there are a few places I feel it’s a necessary must to go to or return to.

#1 Burbank, California

Burbank, California, is at the top of my list and the reasons are very personal.  I used to live there years ago as a wee child but unexpectedly I had to leave to go live with my grandmother 3,000 miles away on the east coast.  I’ve almost gotten back there several times, then something comes up and I had to cancel the trip, but the heart yearns to go back and clear up a few things.

#2 Sedona, Arizona

Let me tell you..if there ever was a place that would turn me on more than anything, it’s Sedona, Arizona, for it’s spiritual healing. I’ve never been to a vortex but people tell me they definitely feel a difference in the air.

#3 Grand Canyon

I have never been to the Grand Canyon.  I have lived in Burbank California, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and have traveled to Quebec, Canada, so there’s not much of this country I haven’t seen and then some, but somehow, I’ve always missed the Grand Canyon.

#4 Palm Springs

I have no idea why Palm Springs, California, is one of the places I feel I need to go before I die, but I’m picturing renting a beautiful house with a pool out back with lots and lots of cactus with lights surrounding the pool and of course palm trees (I have a secret cactus and palm tree fetish). And the sunsets would be spectacular against the backdrop of the mountains!

#5 Las Vegas, Nevada

The lights, the action, the close proximity to California (grin) are all only a part of the reason why I have to see Las Vegas, Nevada, before I die.  Okay, the casinos, too, as much as I hate to admit it.  The last time I played the slots was in Harrington, Delaware, and I walked out $500 in the hole.  Never went back and I love those one armed bandits.  Give me a trip to Vegas and I can’t guarantee my will power will hold out!

#6 St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Okay, I’m one of  two million people who would die to visit St. Croix but my reasons are those balmy ocean breezes, cute cabana boys and an island getaway suited to my tastes!

#7 Washington, D.C.

Am I the only one who hasn’t been inside the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.???  Oh and the White House!

#8 New York

Not just New York, but Manhattan!  I’ve actually been there once but it was on a tour bus.  This time I’d like to take a few friends (or family) and go see it on my own time.  I’d walk Central Park, watch a show at NBC Studio in Rockefeller Center and stay in one of those luxury hotels on Broadway and I just might take a boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty and just stare at her.

#9  Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Yeah, yeah, I guess I’m the only one who hasn’t been to Disney World, either!  I lived in Fort Lauderdale for awhile and never got over there even once.

#10 Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Being a mountain lover, I would LOVE to see the Rockies!

So, how about you?  Do you have a Bucket List of places to go before you die?
Until next time, wavinghand

Island Chick

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Welcome to my new blog!

I am just so excited!  I now have my own personal travel blog where I’ll be blogging about my travels!  Stay tuned…blog will be up and running shortly!

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