Distance is a way of life right now.
“Social distancing” has become a commonplace phrase these days thanks to crazy times because of the coronavirus.
It would be an easy way to complete today’s WordPress Discover “distance” prompt, but it’s almost too easy.
Instead, in this time to stay home, I wanted to think about a time when I’ll be able to see new places.
I was bitten by the travel bug a long time ago, but I put feet to the desire after my journalism career ended.
Shortly after my last day at the newspaper I hopped a plane to meet my parents at Mount Rushmore, partly because I wanted to see the national memorial and mostly just because I could.
I knew what to expect when I got to Mount Rushmore, which was great to see, but I did not expect the rest of South Dakota.
I underestimated the beauty of the Black Hills and the Badlands.
I underestimated the Crazy Horse Memorial.
South Dakota is one of my favorite states I’ve seen, and it has a lot to offer.
I try not to go back to places I’ve visited because there is so much distance to travel and so many places to see, but South Dakota warrants a return trip. Niagra Falls, Washington D.C. and New York City do, too.
We walked a lot of distance in D.C. and NYC. We saw a lot of sights, one of which was the Statue of Liberty.
We went up to the statue’s pedestal (the crown wasn’t open during our trip).
I got in the wrong line on the way back to the ground and had to take the stairs for quite a distance.
This time of social distance and home has given me time to ponder how much distance I’d like to travel when the coronavirus curve is flattened.
I’ve got a lot of places on my list, which includes stats and national parks I haven’t seen.
I think I’ve handled social distance pretty well, but I’m ready to check some places off of my list.
I’m ready to put some distance between myself and home again.