Drake, Kanye West, Tupac, Nas, etc have all written songs about their moms, I've always thought this was a sweet thing to do. Sadly I am not a rapper...would be a VERY different blog, however I still like to show my momma some appreciation, and she deserves a lot. 

When I was a youth (15 years ago) my parents took me on several amazing trips a year, and I literally used to tell people that I had been everywhere because It was easier than telling them where I had been. We used to go to Colorado to visit my grandparents and that's where I learned snowboarding at the age of 6 or 7. We would go to St. Thomas and that's where I learned that transporting a Conch shell was semi illegal. We went to Kansas City to visit my Aunt where I learned how to blow up large piles of fireworks. We Went to Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Canada, California, New Mexico, Old Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, blah blah blah you see what i mean right.. this isn't even all of the places and we went to Hawaii 3 times haha. Needless to say I got around a lot as a kid. I didn't appreciate it at the time, but my Mother spent every extra dime she had on taking me all over the world whenever I had a break from school. I don't know if I can overstate how important she is to my adventurous personality. She taught me to travel often and far, and to chase experiences. I had to be bold and brave sometimes, we've shared many screams and many laughs together. We've done Jamaica's longest Zip line, white water rafted down frigid Canadian rivers, navigated our way thru countless European countries, Climbed mountains, dove into blue oceans, and filled Facebook albums. I think what's most impressive is that my mom always has a camera in hand to capture these moments, and I can't tell you how many times i've complained about "NOT ANOTHER PICTURE MOM...NOT RIGHT NOW!!" but how incredibly grateful I am to look back on these memories and think; dang, we were really badass. 

I don't think I can put into anymore words how awesome our trips were, so I'll just share with you the last 20 years of me and my mother's trips (In no particular order). If she's not pictured, she's behind the camera. 

I won't put how many times we went to some of these places but I will list every State/Country my mom and me went the last 20 years (I might have forgotten some): 

  • Texas (obviously) - Austin, San Antonio, Galveston 
  • Arkansas - Beavers Lake
  • Oklahoma - Beaver's Bend 
  • Kansas - Kansas City 
  • Missouri - Kansas City Missouri
  • Colorado - Durango, Hesperus, La Plata 
  • New Mexico - Sante Fe, Albuquerque, Los Alamos
  • New York - New York City
  • New Jersey - Trenton 
  • Massachusetts - Boston, Cape Cod
  • Washington - Seattle
  • Oregon - Portland, Florence 
  • California - San Fransisco 
  • Florida - Orlando
  • Hawaii - Main Island, Maui, Kauai 
  • Alaska - Anchorage, Seward, Portage
  • Canada - Whistler, Capilano, 
  • Mexico - Cozumel, Mazatlan 
  • Jamaica 
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Saint Thomas
  • Saint John
  • France - Lyon, Paris, Normandy
  • Italy - Rome, Cinque Terre
  • Holland (The Netherlands) 
  • The Vatican City
  • Germany (for a few hours)
  • England (for a few hours)

We can't all be rappers who can put their moms in a song, but this is version of that. All photos curtesy of my mom's Facebook..there are about 1,000 more, no exaggeration.