Travel a chance to see the country, meet people – Gadsden Times

A recent article in this newspaper related the University of Alabama’s research concerning vacations.   I hope you perused that interesting work.  

It began this way: “The endless summer surfers, Elvis in the movies, the particular Go-Gos, Jack Johnson and Jimmy Buffett would probably agree with this premise: Beach individuals live the sunniest lives.  

“But it turns out to be the road ahead that will brings the most joy, according to a study by a pair of College associated with Alabama researchers. Yes, beaches were named most often as desired destinations, within the study of 1, 040 travelers from around the United States, but it’s travel itself, the particular escape through routine, that creates delight. ” 

This, my family and I agree with. Journey, get away from the program — because my father often said, “Go somewhere a person haven’t been and learn something new. ” 

Through the years, we’ve seen much of the eastern Usa, in trips ranging from the particular white sands of Pensacola Beach plus Daytona Seaside and our nation’s oldest city, St . Augustine, all in Florida; to the campground plus waters associated with Virginia Beach, Va; towards the Smithsonian museums inside Washington, Deb. C.; to Acadia National Park and the Cadillac Mountain within Maine; in order to New York City and many other locations.  

Traveling on roads off the speeding interstates is what we have found as the most fun, and many times probably the most economical. And in younger days, taking our own tents  — later, a camper  —  to vacationer-filled campgrounds was a great way to meet people from across the United states of america.  

“The traveler can climb mountains, sail cruise ships or hike parks, ” wrote Jay Waters, an UA instructor in advertising and public relations, who created the study with Jameson Hayes, an associate professor plus director of UA’s Public Opinion Lab.  

Indeed! Oceans and Hayes completed an outstanding research. There are many Etowah County folk that totally agree with the results of their function. Their exploits are vividly displayed upon Facebook and other internet sites.  

Question: Do you know about the Tear Drop Memorial in Bayonne, New Jersey? Those I’ve asked say “no. ” True, it is not so well-known as the rebuilt Twin Towers of lower Manhattan within New York. The eldest of our clan, on a trip to the Jersey Shore, suggested we visit; I’m therefore glad she did. It was an awesome visit to this historical place.  

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism, also called the Tear Drop Memorial, stands at the end of the former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne. It is the first thing you see as you approach Nyc by ship from the Atlantic, well before the particular Statue associated with Liberty comes into view. It is exactly across the Hudson River from your Double Towers 

According to Wikipedia, the sculpture comprises a 100-foot, bronze-clad tower split with a jagged opening in the middle, in which hangs the 40-foot-tall nickel-surfaced teardrop.  

As reported, the particular UA researchers found that “it’s travel itself, the escape from routine, that will creates joy. ” When you journey this particular country’s highways and byways, you will agree that a lot of other folk feel the same.  

Crawling the particular undergrounds of Mammoth Cave is an incredible experience, not unlike seeing plus touching California’s Giant Sequoia trees, the tallest tree in the world, reaching more than 379 feet, with a base associated with 23 ft and living up to 2, 200 years. (Note: you can buy a seedling for $9. ) 

Branson, Missouri, home to dozens of star-studded music shows and the Bigfoot Museum; Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Loretto Chapel and its mysterious staircase; the particular Grand Canyon; boat-riding on Lake Mead behind the Hoover Dam  — these have been some other great places for our travels during the past six decades. We’re hopeful for many more locations to visit.  

My editor is fond of moves in order to Savannah, Georgia; others have also loved visits to Charleston, South Carolina; and some friends have just returned through North Carolina’s Outer Banks to watch the particular hordes of wild horses.  

But let me suggest Alabama as a great getaway. To tell that story will take pages in order to adequately describe. That work is in progress.  

Where have you been, my reader, plus where do you plan to go on your next vacation?  

Before leaving, I must tell you that one in our best vacations were the days spent at Camp Sumatanga, a 1, 700-acre, United Methodist Church-owned facility, open to the public, that will stretches along the valley within St . Clair County, nestled against Chandler Mountain near Gallant. The particular hiking and fishing, plus the long climb upward to Creel’s Church, were adventures in order to always remember.  

Now, where is the road map?  

Harry D. Butler, a former broadcaster, is a motivational speaker plus author associated with “Alabama’s First Radio Stations, 1920-1960. ”

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