1. White Sands, New Mexico (aka: Hell Hole, New Mexico)--This is a military base/missile range. It is hot, ugly desert with some hills in the background. Don't ask me why I was there. The story is too long, just like the weekend I spent there. White Sands is even worse than Lake Havasu City, Arizona, which is also a hell hole, but at least it has a lake. Or was that just a mirage?
2. Coastal Georgia/Florida--This whole area smells like I don't-know-what...sweet insecticide? After inhaling it for hours (I was on the back of a motorcycle), I became light-headed and about fell onto the pavement.
3. Louisiana bayou country--If you've seen one alligator, you've seen them all, plus there are these big rat-looking critters called nutria scattering about. Our Cajun tour guide fed the 'gators doughnuts and taunted them with his ugly bare feet. I kept rooting for the reptiles. Also, it didn't help that we had a dear pregnant woman on our boat who repeatedly had to make barf stops. Of course, she may have just been expressing her opinion of Louisiana, in which case, my sentiments exactly.
4. Houston, Texas--Too hot, too humid, too much crime. When a TV newscaster reported a jogger had been found dead in a park, minus hands and feet, I called off my 3-mile run and decided it was time to move on down the road.
5. Los Angeles--The traffic is absolutely nuts. You couldn't drag me back. At Disneyland I saw an atrraction called, "It's a Small World After All." It should be re-named: "It's a Smoggy, Over-Populated, Maniac World in Southern California and I want to go back to Kansas!"
Trust me. If you ever have the above places on your travel itinerary, turn back immediately! My suggestion is: rip up your map and GET LOST!