|@Christ of the Ozarks, largest statue of Christ in America, 6th in the world in Arkansas|
|braving the biting cold @ the Arctiic Circle|
|beside Rocky @ the Philadelphia Arts Musem|
|@Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota|
|@ the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine|
|Bryce National Park in Utah|
|Worthington Glacier enroute to Valdez, Alaska|
An Adventurer is a person who has, or seeks, activities or places for excitement or an unusual experience, despite risks. Synonyms include daredevil, traveler, and explorer. I must admit that Bill is more of an adventurer than I am. He scuba dives, skis, flies a plane, etc. I just play with my smartphone or laptop, an armchair sort of a girl. I love watching tennis but I can’t play it, not even pickleball. I have been and probably will always be a nerd! I took some small risks though, even just cruising in an RV
|Bill, river rafting with HS friends|
For example, when we stumbled upon the Worthington Glacier on the road to Valdez, Alaska, Bill immediately went up to climb it while I stayed behind, scared I might slip and hurt myself (see Link 6). When we went with Bill’s friends, the Unbearables, for a reunion in Crested Butte, Colorado, everyone went river-rafting. I stayed behind to write the blog post about it instead (see Link 7). At Grandfather’s Mountain in the North Carolina stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bill went across the Mile-High Swinging Bridge to see what’s on the other side. I stayed behind to take his photo instead (see Link 8).
|Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain|
on the Blue Ridge Parkway
A Pilgrim is a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of devotion or an original settler. Some synonyms are wayfarer, pioneer, and traveler. Both Bill and I became pilgrims once these past 4 years. We diverted from our planned itinerary to Minnesota and first visited the Grotto of the Redemption in the northeastern corner of Iowa. There we saw the complex of 9 grottos made from 43 different kinds of gems and made entirely by the hands of 3 men (see Link 9).
|Grotto of the Redemption in Iowa|
Clearly, we have crossed the line from being tourists to becoming explorers. T. S. Elliots’ ‘We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time‘ is a favorite quotation. But I am not the adventurer that Bill is. What we hope is to be more of pilgrims, though, because then we can deepen our faith. Both Catholics, we can easily be pilgrims together! Which of the three special kinds of tourists do you want to be?
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