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Baby Boomers Travel Bucket List

We all know that Baby Boomers love to travel. Many of us like to stay close to home, while others amongst us like to venture far and wide. I probably fit into both camps. Being North American gives us the great fortune of having some the most spectacular places to visit in the world. And my wife and I love to travel in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. We have also over the past few years started to visit places in Europe, which never ceases to provide fantastic scenery, interesting towns and villages, impressive large cities; along with exposure to rich history and cultures. But for as much as I have seen I still have many places I would like to visit and would like to present my own baby boomers travel bucket list.

Starting with The US I have not yet visited the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 metres)! Wow! I've got to go there. Just the scale of things is impressive in itself but the scenery must be absolutely spectacular when seen first hand.

Another place in the US that has always fascinated me is New Orleans. My cultural background is French Canadian having been born and raised in Montreal of a quebecois father and an acadian mother whose roots were in Acadia; the New France colony currently known as the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The Louisiana "cajuns" are descendents of the Acadians deported by the British after a war won by them. So I have a natural curiosity to go to a place where I may discover some of my heritage as well as perhaps converse in french with some of these cajuns. Not to mention my love of jazz and fine food which New Orleans has plenty of.

Another must see place for me is the Sequoia National Park in California. The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world! The General Sherman is estimated to be 2,300–2,700 years of age, and it is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet. It has a height of 275 ft. (83.8 metres ). You have got to see something that has been alive since the time of the ancient Romans.

These are but three places on my bucket list to visit. I will be adding many more in future articles.

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