In 2011, I asked Alex where we should go for our 2012 vacation. He had just been watching one of those conspiracy-type television shows where they were talking about the Mayan calendar ending in December of 2012, and so he wanted to go to Hawaii to see Kilauea, just in case. I assured him that the world was not going to end, but we went to Hawaii anyhow.
Then, in 2013, Alex and I started to study Italian. The plan was that we would study for a year and then go to Italy to get some real-world experience. Then in 2014, we went to Italy and while we were there, we visited Vesuvius.
This was the start of a trend. Now every other year we visit a volcano. In 2016, our planned volcano is going to be Yellowstone and in 2018, I’m thinking of Mount Rainier and/or Mount Hood. The initial plan, from three years out, is to go to Seattle and then to Mount Rainier. Then we will go down into Oregon and visit the Evergreen Space and Aviation Museum. Along the way, we might be able to fit the Oregon State Capitol building in and catch the moon tree there. And, since Seattle is on the water, we will have to fit a lighthouse in as well.
After 2018, who knows? If we want to catch all of the volcanoes possible before Alex graduates from college, we only have seven (eight if he goes directly for his master’s degree) more years of travel left to us.