Both of these topics were thinking points over the weekend, so I'm just going to throw them together here. Somehow they coincide anyway.
I'm a mug hoarder. Seriously. I have a bad habit of buying them when I don't need them, and people who know me know this, and they buy me more mugs, and I have so many mugs. This is far from a complaint, believe me. I love my mugs. I just have a ton. These six are just a drop in the bucket/the ones that were easier to get to/the ones that were clean. When I began collecting mugs, I was almost out of high school, and I was planning on traveling to so many places, and the mug thing became an idea. I have mugs from almost every state in the US that I've been in, sans California and Oklahoma. I haven't added to that part of my collection in awhile though.
I'd planned on going north, and getting a passport immediately, and traveling all over Europe, and venturing to Canada on weekends. Instead, I made a road trip I'd made six times previously, and spent some time in Nevada. I did some exploring there, and it was nice, and refreshing, but I became homesick. I realized how much I appreciated home as a concept, and home as the state I was born and raised in. I moved back nearly three years ago, and I haven't traveled since.
I've always been a bit mystified by Europe. The nature and landmarks, and history that's older than the country I live in. I'd still love to explore as much of it as possible, but it's not something that's on the cards for me now. I don't think it will be for awhile either. My mother came across a photo over the weekend, and it was a gorgeous shot of a bridge and a waterfall, and we're both suckers for that sort of thing. I assumed it was taken somewhere in Europe, and I spent half an hour trying to find the photo on Google, and I was shocked when I did. It was a photo of Multnomah Falls in Oregon, and I was in love. It was stunning, and I don't need a passport to see it in person. This sparked a whole list of places in America that I'd love to visit, and my travel inspiration is somewhat fueled again. The state mug collection will grow again one day.