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    • What do you travel for? It can be business, visiting family or friends, or simply visiting somewhere for good ole' fashioned touristy fun. My husband and I have always had the most fun when we find a fun excuse to pin a travel adventure onto a single experience.

      One of our favorite things to do is travel for music. We have either gone out of our way to see a band we love that isn't coming to our neck of the woods, or opted to travel to see someone rather than see them at a local venue we've been to a hundred times.

      We live in the Bay Area, so we're lucky to have no shortage of live music here. I've probably been to a couple hundred shows in my lifetime. We drove down to Solvang last summer to see Mad Caddies. We just got back from LA where we planned a whole Disneyland family vacation around going to see Thrice at the House of Blues in Anaheim. We even caught them as well as a handful of other bands in Toronto at a music festival we attended that just so happened to be happening the same time as a conference we went to.

      By far the most extensive example was driving out to Colorado to see John Butler Trio play at Red Rocks. Absolutely stunning location, visually and acoustically. That venue alone is bucket list worthy, being in the Denver/Boulder area is a bonus! Driving out there let us take our time for some really great photo opportunities as well.

      What are some unique excuses you've used to travel to new places and have unique experiences?

      Photo: Red Rocks Amphitheater in Jefferson County, Colorado

    • Fun! The drive through that part of Colorado is really beautiful. Like driving through a western movie. 🤠

      I'll take any excuse I can find to go on a good road trip. Finding an excuse is easy, but finding the time is hard. Last summer my grandparents were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in Texas, so I took the opportunity to drive down from Oregon. It was a lot of fun and was a great way to break in my new car!

      One of the coolest things I saw on that trip was this incredible view of the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. I had never been through that part of Idaho before and had no idea this canyon was even there until I drove over the bridge into Twin Falls after getting off the highway.

      Suddenly seeing this beautiful green canyon open up under me after driving through hundreds of miles of mostly featureless high desert was truly breathtaking.

    • When I used to be into "racing" I would totally plan my trip around a triathlon or half marathon. I.e. San Francisco for swim Alcatraz or Palm Springs for a triathlon. I liked the idea of justifying the excursion but I see many of my racing friends get so obsessed about the racing portion they cannot chill to do any quality vacationing or adventuring. I guess hard to do it all.

      My last trip to Southern Utah was all about trying to get two calendar worthy shots for the November and December slots. I can justify any adventure. hahahaha

    • Travel is the best thing one can do, excuses and reasons are not necessary- Time and money are.

      Inexpensive adventure travel that involves obstacles and challenges leaves open the door for synchronicity and flow-

      All travel is good, the more often you do it the more the draw. I travel often as part of my career and always enjoy it. Fortunate to travel with my wife well, and take motorcycle trips as often as possible.