I believe that Fate had deliberately predetermined, through a maze of calamities, the very hour that our eyes would get to see our dream come true. Fate had thrown every roadblock in our path that it could, flight delays, lost luggage, bodily injuries and even a bomb threat at the airport.
What did Fate know that we did not know?
I sometimes wonder what the possible outcome may have been if we had not finally heeded Fate’s warnings and turned back for home. These are questions we may never have the answers to, but maybe it is best that Fate keeps those secrets securely tucked away in the vault of the unknown.
I have always tried to believe that everything happens for a reason. It may not be known to us right away, but at some point everything is connected and has a purpose.
This became evident to me on our second attempt to make our goal of setting a foot in all fifty states. We only had Hawaii and Alaska left and it seemed that the trophy was well within our reach.
We again started out by boarding another plane and we had great expectations as we began our adventure of flying to the pristine beauty of the great state of Alaska.
I kept trying to tell myself to be patient, but then a voice came over the speaker that verified my worse fear, there was to be a FLIGHT DELAY! Upon finally reaching Alaska our luggage decided to take a different vacation and headed off to New York.
It finally dawned on me that last year’s fiasco was merely a trial run. We had learned so many things from our past experience, like cramming as many clothes as you can into your carry-on bag, making sure you travel at least one day in advance, carry all important documents on you, make sure you have travel insurance and know what all it covers. I can say we were very good students and learned our lessons well from the School of Traveling Disasters. I think even Fate was rather proud of us and decided to reward us by giving us ten days of magnificent weather that even the locals said they had not enjoyed in over twenty years. Fate also put us in the right spot at the right time to see some things that very few people in the world get a chance to see. We saw an excessively large group of humpback whales traveling together and doing what is known as “Bubble Net Fishing”;
Even our guides dropped everything and raced to get their cameras. It was amazing!
Every place we went we were rewarded. We saw a triple rainbow appear above the waterfall near a glacier and bald eagles which had landed on ten totem poles in a row.
I must say to all travelers out there, never let past failures keep you from pursuing your dreams because they really can come true and actually be more inspiring than you could ever have possibly believed that they could.
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