Since our first date, Russ and I have taken turns showing each other different places in our states.

Since our first date, Russ and I have taken turns showing each other different places in our states.

I introduced him to a hibachi place, Kyoto, in Clarks Summit then he introduced me to a mini golf course, Chucksters, in Vestal.

These places were the start of a tradition that still continues.

Both of us have a list of places we want to show each other and places we know we both want to go to.

The other day we were discussing some of our upcoming adventures such as the Corning Museum of Glass and Dorflinger Wildlife Sanctuary.

I keep trying to think of places that I can introduce Russ to while he's doing the same for me. There are a few I have in mind but we have to wait for the warmer weather.

I'm also looking forward to visiting places like Albany and Syracuse since I've never been in those parts of New York.

It's a fun tradition that Russ and I really began by accident, but we are enjoying the new experiences.

Especially in the beginning we were just trying to think of neat places to have our dates and it's continued from there.

It's also exciting because when I actually get the chance to go sky diving, Russ will be accompanying me.

For the most part everyone else I know thinks I'm nuts for wanting to try it, but sky diving is one of the first things Russ and I talked about that we each wanted to try. That should be quite the adventure.

Our discussion also got me thinking about all of the places I want to visit.

When I was in high school I had the opportunity to become a People to People Student Ambassador, a program that is meant to connect different cultures around the world.

The three week trip consisted of visits to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It was incredible! I'm definitely going back to all of those countries.

Activities such as being on the London Eye, visiting various castles, kissing the Blarney Stone and even rappelling off a castle tower were just the icing on an amazing trip.

There are a few other countries on my list too and I also want to visit all 50 states. So far my count is nine states that I've visited.

I need to start compiling my list of places to visit and activities to do so I'll be ready for those travels.

My advice would be take advantage of trying something new and visiting different places.

They can be experiences of a lifetime.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at