The Daily Post: To go or not to go?

March 2nd’s prompt: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

I would like to visit just about anywhere in the world. I enjoy beaches, but mountains and forests even more so. The beauty of natural landforms all over our planet are worth seeing, as well as man made ones. I would like to see:

  • The mountains and glaciers of Alaska
  • The forests of the Northwestern U.S. and Canada
  • The beaches of the Polynesian and Micronesian islands
  • The culture, art and music of Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The cultures of India and the nations of the Far East
  • Germany’s Black Forest
  • Tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and the Amazon basin
  • Castles and cliffs of Ireland
  • Rivers and lakes of Eastern Europe
  • The Amazon River
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Fjords of Norway and Chile
  • The large heads of Easter Island and the Olmecs of Mexico
  • The countries of “Down under”: Australia and New Zealand

I want to revisit:

  • Forests of pinheiros paranaenses in Parana, Brazil
  • Brazilian cities including: Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Brasilia, Salvador
  • The beaches of Buzios, Brazil
  • Machu Picchu, Peru (and visit other Inca sites I didn’t visit before)
  • Mexico, including Mayan ruins, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Tenochtitlan and other Aztec ruins

I know there are many other places that I have forgotten to mention, because really, I would like to travel everywhere on the globe, except for one continent:

March 3rd’s prompt: Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

I don’t think I ever want to visit Antarctica. I don’t think I could stand the cold, the isolation, the freezing wind blowing snow in my face. Not a tree or other living thing; nothing to block the monotony of a snowy, icy surface as far as the eye can see. There are glacial plateaus, and a coastline that might offer lots of photo opps, but I would worry that the ship would get caught in the ice! I love penguins, but will have to be content to see them in nature documentaries or at the zoo.

In contrast, I would love to go to Alaska. It’s cold there, too, but if I go in the Northern Hemisphere summer (which is when I have vacation), the scenery there is beautiful – mountains, glaciers, lakes.

Not so Antarctica! Some may find a desolate, stark beauty there, but to me it is sort of terrifying. A penguin’s egg, if it falls off its parents’ feet onto the ice, can freeze in seconds, killing the baby inside. Imagine a human being walking on that icy continent: any exposed part of your face or body can freeze quickly, and really, does bundling up with several layers REALLY keep out the cold? No, thanks! I may go most places on the globe, and visit every continent, except that frozen one at the South Pole.

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