One of our favorite sights was this beautiful lighthouse off the southern coast of Maine.

One of our favorite sights was this beautiful lighthouse off the southern coast of Maine.

Do you love to travel? I’ve gotten a crazy bug for it lately!

I  am also sort of an OCD traveler–I want to see a sweep of places in x number of days.

For example, years ago my friend June and I visited all 21 of the California missions in just eight days. We drove twelve hours to San Diego in one day and then visited three missions up the coast over the next seven days–exactly three each day. While it started out simply as a bucket list venture–check another something off our travel list–it became a wonderful, spiritual journey of lovely surprises: pennies in fountains, bougainvillea, yummy tamale fundraiser by Mexican mamas, an all-business monk carrying a briefcase, more bougainvillea, garden prayerwalks and more.


More recently I met two adventurous friends in Boston, and we then cruised through all six New England states in the next five days–up to Maine in one day, over through New Hampshire to Vermont the next, then through Massachusetts to Connecticut the day after that, and then through Rhode Island (that was a whoooosh!) back to Boston. We challenged ourselves to get off the beaten track and found treasures: a high school homecoming parade (we almost were IN it!), Poet’s Seat Tower, an honor system maple syrup stand, meandering stone fences. I used the word charming a LOT!

At this point I have five more states to visit–South Carolina and what I call the ALMA states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi Alabama). I see another tripquest in the near future with one or more willing co-conspirators.

What is your tripquest? Do you want to visit lighthouses on the East Coast or West Coast? (Me, too!) Do you want to travel down the Mississippi? Cruise around the Hawaiian islands?

Perhaps you are on a virtual tripquest, such as walking through grief or walking the bumpy road of caring for an aging parent or crossing the sea of wait without any land foreseeable in a fuzzy horizon.

In any case you have a Guide who said, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). And he will see you through whatever situation you are traveling.


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