I’m a big fan of repeat travel. I took a road trip through Utah as a kid, visiting many of the national parks, and then nearly repeated it a few years ago with Sheena. The biggest difference between the two trips was my age. I remembered qualifying for Junior Ranger badges, and getting snack breaks during our 8 hour car rides (regularly scheduled at 10am and 3pm). I didn’t remember much else… The second time around I enjoyed the hiking, the extreme landscape, and I noticed all of those German families driving their Cruise America RV rentals. I got something new out of the trip, and I don’t feel like it was a detriment to do something I’d already “done.”
Sheena and I now embark on a trip, parts of which I have already done. I have already hiked in southern Patagonia, but how lucky to get to do it for a second time? And now, to do it with someone I care so much about. It will certainly add a new flavor.
Traveling as a checklist is sometimes baffling to me. The more you travel, the more your list grows. It becomes impossible to complete. I want to go back to all of those towns I’ve already seen, simply because I didn’t spend enough time there. How much time is enough? Maybe we’ll find that out on this trip, but most likely not.