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joyfully help my son complete "101 places you gotta see before you're 12" before he turns 12


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lob 2 years ago

lob59. Dinosaur site

a dinosaur exhibit at the science museum…Though I have to say my son isn’t hugely interested in dinosaurs. He is more interested in Vikings and ancient Egyptian mummies. 16 months ago

lob55. Place of worship (other than your own)

Actually, we have been in a number of churches in other countries. Here is a tiny chapel on the island of Aegina. 18 months ago

lob16. Swimming hole

on the island of hydra… perfect place to swim in the sea 18 months ago

Waterfall Nymph88. Airplane hangar or collection

Field trip with the class to see our local helicopter rescue center, the hanger of a parent in the class who owns a private air charter firm, and the airplane museum.

The chum and his pals got to go into the planes and pretend to fly and watch the bits of the plane move on the wings and tails. Very cool. Then they did community service by washing planes at the air museum. 18 months ago

lobupdating our list

Here’s our updated list, with only a few left to complete:
1. A lighthouse
2. A landfill
3. Artist’s studio
4. Migration path
5. Skatepark

6. Working farm
7. Space place
8. Animal rescue center
9. Superlative place
10. Faraway island
11. Antiquarian bookstore
12. Old-growth forest
13. Ghost town
14. Waterfall
15. Olympic training center

16. Swimming hole
17. Kooky capital
18. Art museum
19. Rock art site

20. Wind farm
21. Aquarium
22. A “little country”
23. Crazy dream house
24. House where your parent grew up
25. Famous field
26. Big cave
27. Geyser or natural hot springs
28. Elected official’s office
29. Insectariums
30. Marvel of engineering
31. Cemetery
32. Wildlife refuge
33. A long trail
34. Supernatural sighting
35. Old folks’ home
36. Sculpture park
37. Farmer’s market
38. Wetlands
39. Pigpen
40. Ancient city
41. Battlefield
42. Boardwalk
43. Repair shop
44. Folk art or junk art creation
45. Great estate
46. General store
47. Forest canopy
48. Gateway to the new world
49. Big dune
50. Haunted place
51. Sensory garden
52. Literary location
53. Amazing architectural achievement
54. Living history museum

55. Place of worship (other than your own)
56. Greenway
57. Very big thing
58. A fort

59. Dinosaur site
60. First rate Second-hand store
61. Unusual museum
62. Peace place
63. Teachers’ lounge

64. Stargazing spot
65. Newsroom
66. Backstage at theater

67. A mint
68. Patisserie
69. Radical rock formation
70. Floating museum
71. Archeological site

72. Hall of fame
73. Artist’s inspiration
74. Unusual animal farm

75. Courthouse
76. Working port
77. Replica

78. Inventive place
79. Endangered place
80. Special place to sleep

81. Place where they make cool stuff
82. Ethnic restaurant
83. Legendary location
84. Your parent’s workplace
85. A subway
86. Canyon or gorge
87. Medical museum
88. Airplane hangar or collection
89. Prison or jail
90. A hero’s home
91. A school that’s different from yours
92. Famous road
93. People-watching place
94. Amazing science site
95. Eccentric eatery
96. Middle of nowhere

97. Weather spot
98. Recording studio
99. Greenhouse
100. Street market
101. Really cool place that you discover on your own
19 months ago

lob89. prison

Yuma Territorial Prison is both a former prison and a legendary location (83). It’s the favorite tourist attraction in Yuma and mentioned in the movie 3:10 to Yuma. 22 months ago

lob33. a long trail

We have hiked many times on Skåneleden in our region of Sweden 22 months ago

lob8. Animal rescue center

We went on a field trip with the homeschool group to the local humane society. 22 months ago

lob99. Greenhouse

his 4H group visited this commercial greenhouse last spring. It was very interesting. 22 months ago

lob48. Gateway to the new world

It depends on how you see it, but Algodones is a border city with a very busy customs and border check. We have crossed here many times. Here is my oldest son about to cross into Mexico after he just cringed at the incorrect English grammar on the sign to his right. 22 months ago

lob49. Big dune

we have stopped here many times at the sand dunes just past yuma on the California side. 22 months ago

lob29. Insectariums

we visited this butterfly garden at the state fair in October 22 months ago

lob52. Literary location

platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter books 22 months ago

lob18. Art museum

My sons favorite part of the art museums we have visited is always the Egyptian section. 22 months ago

lob101. Really cool place that you discover on your own

while visiting with signora oye vey last September, we searched at this old Cold War Bunker. We found that the inside has now been converted into a catering center. Very cool! And another section is supposedly an indoor skatepark, but we weren’t able to look at that section when we were there as it was closed. We did peek into the catering area and were amazed by how it felt. 22 months ago

lob1. A lighthouse

we found this small lighthouse when we were out geocaching last summer. behind him you can see the bridge that connects Sweden and Denmark. 22 months ago

lob10. Faraway island

a photo from our trip to Iceland…definitely a faraway island 22 months ago

lob13. Ghost town

We have been to Castle Dome mine shost town twice now. It was founded in 1864 and finally deserted in the 1970’s. We enjoyed both visits. Here he is looking down an abandoned mine shaft. 22 months ago

lob26. Big cave

I took my sons to see Colossal Cave outside of Tucson. Fortunately, my oldest son went on the underground walking tour with his brothers, and I stayed up top and waited. 22 months ago

lob15. Olympic training center

Although my son has turned 12, I want to continue this goal until he has seen all 101 places. We’ll see how long it takes. Maybe before he turns 13. Anyway, we went to visit the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, CA and we impressed with the facilities. We encouraged him that one day he might train there for archery. His brothers, who are all very fit, could not imagine ever training there because they dance now. That’s my 3rd son in the photo. 23 months ago

lob36. Sculpture park

We have been to see traditional sculptures, but it was interesting for my son to experience modern sculpture, too. We strolled the grounds at Wanås castle yesterday. 2 years ago

lob19. Rock art site

I had no idea this place existed in our area, until I found it through a geocache. Wow! We were so impressed by these 3,000 year old rock carvings. A reminder of what an old culture we come from! 2 years ago

lob27. Geyser or natural hot springs

First he stood close to the geyser strokkur and got wet. Then as he walked back to us grinning it shot up another burst of hot water behind him. 2 years ago

lob14. Waterfall

He took this photo of me at Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland. 2 years ago

lob43 repair shop

Today we went on a field trip to visit a bicycle repair shop. The repairman was very kind to show my son how to put a bicycle together and all the tools they use in the shop. But the best part for my son was getting to drive the big machine that they have for rental there. Afterwards my son wanted to know when we can rent the machine so he can drive and dig in our yard. 2 years ago

lob68. Patisserie

We have been to more than one fancy bakery, but my son was most excited by this vegan bakery in south London. It’s called Ms Cupcake, and we met Ms Cupcake herself. She told us that next year there will even be a cookbook and a TV show with her and her cupcakes. They were delicious! 2 years ago

lob87 medical museum

I was excited to find the top floors of the Science Museum in London were actually a mecial museum. My son was mildly interested in it. What he liked best was the ancient medicine section at the beginning with mummification and gods. Later he wanted to know how every machine was used, which meant alot of reading for me. 2 years ago

Waterfall Nymph54. Living history museum

The Ulster-American Folk Museum.

The blacksmithing demonstration was particularly interesting to the chum.

6/101 2 years ago

Waterfall Nymph69. Radical rock formation

The Giants Causeway.

Radical indeed.

5/101 2 years ago

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