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Guest Cheryl Hollon – and a once in a lifetime trip!

By Liz, happy to welcome Cheryl Hollon back to the blog! She’s talking about a huge bucket list trip today – so cool! Take it away Cheryl!

I’ve returned from a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit a site on my bucket list – Petra, Jordan. I’ve been fascinated with this wonder of the modern world since it was featured in one of my all-time favorite movies:  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The final scenes in the movie feature the iconic Treasury, the centerpiece of Jordan’s ancient Nabatean city of Petra. That’s me. I was standing in front of the Treasury.

This trip was more than just a bucket list accomplishment. It taught me an important lesson about my dreams and ambitions. The following picture is the perfect example of trusting that you’re making progress toward that dream. It’s the trust that is so difficult. While our tour group trudged down this hot, dusty canyon, I didn’t know that the goal was just around that little bend. The same can be confirmed at any point along your journey – don’t quit just before that last bend in your path. The Treasury could be just around the corner. 

Another main highlight of the trip was the fabulous food. We were treated to fresh-made hummus, tabouli, falafel, kunafa, bedouin coffee, and excellent chai tea. Our guide always preceded each new dining site with this statement, “Eat as if you’ve never seen food before.” I did, it was marvelous! 

I would love to know your plans for a bucket list adventure. Is it a destination or a goal? My next trip is to see the pyramids at Giza, but my next goal is to finish the mystery I’m writing. Leave a comment to enter a signed book giveaway for DEATH A SKETCH. Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Go! Go now!

Readers, what’s on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments!

The Paint & Shine Mysteries are set in the Daniel Boone National Forest. My parents were born, raised, and now rest in peace in the Adams Family Cemetery in Wolfe County, Kentucky. The characters spend a lot of time preparing traditional southern meals and creating moonshine cocktails. Please consider buying local. Independent bookstores need your help during this challenging time. Libraries are fabulous when your budget is tight.

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