I'm about to make a small confession - one that I have been a little embarrassed to admit.
I had never seen the Grand Canyon. Not shocking I know until you consider the fact that I lived my first 24 years in Arizona.
I have travelled all over the world and seen so many things, and yet, I never managed to make the drive a few hours North to see one of the Major Wonders of the World.
Now, in all honesty, I think I caught a glimpse of it once when I flew over it on my way to who knows where.
It has never been somewhere that I've really wanted to visit. I mean sure, it's a marvel of nature, but there are so many other places to see. My family is still in Arizona so I always figured I would see it, one day.
When I first moved to France and people would ask where I was from they would always tell me about their trip to the Grand Canyon. I would usually smile, nod along as if I shared their wonder and excitement.
Even during my labor with Noah, the doctor wanted to talk about the Grand Canyon. I get it, it's a big deal.
Well, I'm very happy to report that on our way back from Las Vegas I finally bit the proverbial bullet - we took a detour to see the Grand Canyon.
What this Southern Arizona girl forgot was that the Grand Canyon is in Northern Arizona, where it is cold and it snows.
I was completely unprepared for the weather. It was cold, and icy and I was well in a light coat and wasn't wearing appropriate footwear - but we had tacked on nearly two extra hours just to see it - so I should have been excited, right?
I was ecstatic - you can see it in my face.
We took some pictures. I might have "oohed" and "ahhed" before hobbling back to the warm car.
Now, don't me wrong, it was very impressive. Quite beautiful really. Still, I don't think I missed out on not having seen it for 30 years.
At least now, when I nod and smile when people talk to me about Arizona and the Grand Canyon, I can say honestly that I have been there.
I'm adding and simultaneously crossing this one off my bucket list.
Is there somewhere you have always wanted to go and never have, or like me somewhere you have never been and don't feel bad about it?