witness the Aurora Borealis …or… visit the Great Barrier Reef

2 of the world’s natural 7 wonders.
which to choose?

I’ve always been an admirer of sea life. Scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, and searching the wreckage of a sunken ship have always been on my bucket list. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is now on that list too.
Marvelous beauty lies under the surface of the oceans. Creation is amazing, and I would love to explore such a wonder.
Not only is the reef itself a marvel to be held, but it is home to a diverse range of aquatic life. It would be like guest starring in Finding Nemo. Who knows, maybe I can even hitch a ride on a turtles back.
I would definitely enjoy a chance to explore undersea world of the Great Barrier Reef.

Out of the 7 natural wonders of the world, I imagine the Northern Lights to be the most miraculous. Pictures of the Aurora Borealis produce amazement. I am sure that witnessing the lights in person would be a breath taking moment.
Etymologically, the lights are connected with the divine and rightfully so because they reflect, what I imagine to be, the beauty of heaven.
I do desire to take a trip to either the northern or southern lights. I would expect the experience to be life changing and a story to tell my grandchildren.

It is settled. One day I will visit the heavenly Northern Lights. And hopefully the Great Barrier Reef too.
But if I had to make a choice, I would much rather visit the Aurora Borealis.

travel across the country: in a hot air balloon …or… on a train

*Recreational travel. You don’t have to be anywhere soon, its for the experience.

Float across the county in a basket suspended by hot air? I would love to.
A snippet of quick research informed revealed that a hot balloon pilot, though the balloon can fly higher, will typically fly anywhere between  tree-top level to 3,000ft. A ballon may travel low enough for a passenger to reach out and pluck a leaf from a tree.
That is an experience.
Not only are they beautiful to look at but a hot air balloon presents a unique view of the world.

I’ve always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon. Ironically, I have a isty bitsy little fear of heights. Honestly, it is nothing drastic but sitting in a weaved basket thousands of feet above the earth would make me a little uneasy. I could plan on getting over it though to experience the serene thrill of a hot air balloon ride.

Traveling 80mph cross country on the transcontinental would not be bad either.

It is not the speed that would get me.
I drive faster on the freeway.
It is, once again, the experience.
Watching the country fly by (figuratively) through the window of a train would be spiritual. Road trips always force me to contemplate life as I look out on to the passing horizon. Especially, being surrounded by mountains in Southern California, passing through states with vast, open land introduces me to a unknown creation. It may be dramatic but its true.
Then there is the interaction with the other passengers. Train rides are long, so mingling is inevitable. I love exchanging lives and life with unfamiliar individuals. Plenty of that would happen on a train ride across the nation.

Deciding between these experiences is quite the fix. They are both so wonderful to consider.

I do have a deal breaker though.
Hot air balloons travel with the wind, thus traveling speed is not in the hands of the pilot.
Resulting in the average traveling speed of a hot air balloon being 15 glorious mph.

Some day I will take a ride in a hot air balloon. However, I definitely do not want to make a lifetimes voyage across the country in one of those lovely snail baskets.
I’d rather take the train.

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