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What is on your Bucket List?

Can you imagine the early pioneer hitching up his team of horses to the family’s best wagon as he prepared to start a journey to a new home? A home yet to be carved out of and established in a far-off wilderness.

With that bucket list item to get off his mind, the entire family headed out into an unfamiliar future. The unknown lay ahead as they faced the dangers of wind, rain, storms, stiffling heat and blistering cold along with various vicious enemies.

Wow. What a deal to carry out a dream. Relocating to areas in the West was a powerful movement of our forefathers. They sought to claim fertile farmland, a different job, or perhaps they had gold fever. Their dreams were so important as they hit the trail.

Not to the extreme of facing such difficulties as hardships and death like the pioneers, my brother-in-law, Dave Hamilton, recently completed a nearly 20-year silly quest to satisfy his bucket list hunger.

What was at the top of his list at retirement? To wander Indiana.

Dave and his wife Carol along with several family members achieved the goal of traveling to every every town, city, and small burg listed on an Indiana map. As he was a retired history teacher from Muncie schools, this was a logical task.

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