Taking Flight

November 24, 2009 8 Comments »

As I spend Thanksgiving at home in the US with family this year, I certainly have many things I am thankful for. The normal – family, friends, and health; and the not so normal – brushing teeth with tap water, pedestrian right of way, and indoor heating. However, just recently I was reminded of something that I was not only thankful for, but truly amazed with.

In the matter of one day I went from a sunset here in the Himalayas of Nepal:

Nepal Sunset

Nepal Sunset

To a sunset here on the beach in Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka Sunset

Sri Lanka Sunset

As I viewed these pictures I was in awe – I could hardly believe that I could be so lucky to be in two of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world in the matter of a day.

This comes down to the power of flight; and for that I’m thankful for those brilliant inventors – the Wright Brothers.

Thank you Orville and Wilbur (they must be smart with those names!) for putting us in the air and giving people the ability to see different parts of the world. If it weren’t for them, I’d still be back in the Midwest! Back in 1903, no one could imagine that human flight could be possible and 100 years later we are flying planes from Singapore to New York non-stop. Sure, planes have downsides to them – I’m well aware of that after my week of jetlag and flu caused from my 36 hour flight home last week. However – it was worth it; thanks to plane travel, I’ve been able to see all corners of the world, meet thousands of people from different cultures, and have the time of my life.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving – take a moment and share what travel thankfulness you have!

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