Where We’d Take an Alien, in 6 Words

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be friends with Elliott.

6 words graphicHe’s the boy who befriended E.T. in the movie. He just seemed like the kind of kid I would like to hang out with. Looking back, I believe I probably admired his loyalty and courage in all that happened when E.T. came to town.

Every month, I collect responses for a post I call 6 Words.

If you’ve been around here a while you know Ernest Hemingway inspired this idea when he said all stories could be told in six words. I ask friends, strangers, bloggers, and strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt, in six words.

This month’s prompt:

If you had to take an alien to the best place on Earth, where would you go? Think, “Wrigley Field, day game in bleachers” or “Montana. Far away from the noise.”

What would you say, in six words?

death valley stars night

1. Death Valley. To see the stars.

A.J. S., of Read All the Things!

2. Hawaii for surfing and Kona coffee!

Sandra, of What Sandra Thinks

3. A cross-country motorcycle trip with me.

Donna M., of Romance and Mystery … writing my life and Our Prime Years

4. Colorado Plateau. Greatest earth on show.

Rebecca D., of Ninja Librarian

5. Sand, surf, sun in 75 degrees.

Julie, of More than Main Street

6. Area 51, Nevada, for family reunion.

Maggie C., of What Rhymes with Stanza?

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Courtesy of McGuffy Ann Morris

7. Behold: Gichi-Gami’s majesty from Brockway Mountain!

Annie, of McGuffy’s Reader

8. Paris. Best people watching on earth.

Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog

9. Writing retreat with a perfect idea!

Elizabeth M., of Dreaming in the Daylight …

10. Blueridge Mountains for a summer sunrise.

Carolyn A., of Carolyn Afstalk

11. The lake – beautiful sunset with s’mores.

Laura H., of Riddle from the Middle

12. Cafe du Monde, coffee, and beignets.

Mimi, of Messy Mimi’s Musings

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photo credit: Thomas Hawk Take Me to Your Leader via photopin (license)

13. Visit friends and relatives in Roswell.

Joyce L., of Catch My Words

14. floating slowly on a lazy river.

beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on …

15. Quiet California beach side, after sundown.

Tammie, of The Graying Chronicles

16. Aoshima Island, where cats outnumber humans.

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat

17. Sunset cruise. Middle of the ocean.

Amy N., of Health, Home, and Heart

18. The Kruger National Park, wildlife paradise.

Kim B., of Kim

blue mountains
Photo courtesy of Jess

19. The Blue Mountains, beauty flows deep.

Jess, of Day Sixty Five

20. Newfoundland, in July. The beautiful Rock.

Susan D., of Color Me Writing

21. Vancouver, a swim then a ski.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel

22. Camden Yards when Orioles win #WorldSeries.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work

23. Diving in Barbados. Heaven on Earth.

Lindsay F., of The Flynnigans

24. Hraunfossar in Iceland, my favorite waterfall.

Sara L., of Sara Letourneau’s Official Web Site & Blog

tiffany trail
Courtesy of Tiffany Maytum

25. Hike a 14er and appreciate view!

Tiffany, of Sounds Like Life to Me

26. Barking sea-lions at La Jolla Cove.

Tamara G., of Part-time Working Hockey Mom

27. Shakespeare’s Globe, London: imprinting archaic English.

Jenn L., of The Pilgrimage

28. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Fireworks Show.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

29. Daughter’s House
Mother’s Day
Nine grandchildren

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen

30. Walt Disney World. It’s so magical.

Sarah, of Journeys of The Zoo

pacific northwest
Courtesy of Kimberly Novosel

31. The Pacific Northwest. So, so green!

Kimberly N., of Kimberly Novosel

32. La Lucia Beach Durban, South Africa.

Melissa S., of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

33. The Linmar Gardens in Galena, Illinois.

Nikki, of Boldly Bravely You

34. Has to be the Jersey Shore.

Stacey G., of One Funny Motha

35. Bora Bora, the real blue lagoon.

Rachel R., of The Confused Millennial

36. Jay’s Elbow Room – Best. Wings. Ever.

Lisa L., of The Meaning of Me

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Photo courtesy of GiGi


37. Ephesus … In Turkey. Then eat shawarma!

GiGi, of GiGi Eats Celebrities

38. Okanagan Lake, summer on the beach.

Alison T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops

39. Pepsi Porch – Royals Stadium, August 2015.

Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry

40. Lakeside coffee, Fenway, city view rooftop.

Court, of Baking in my Bathing Suit

41. To my kitchen, to make tortillas.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

42. Tacos. Because it’s an earth thing.

Jen H., of Jenerally Informed

Photo courtesy of Lauren Smith


43. Maldives. Dry season, scuba, sun, sand.

Lauren S.


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  1. I would bring him to Caneyhead. 😉
    Come see my daughter & her graduation surprise! #Caneyhead: High School Graduation. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That would be a perfect spot, Barbara! Maybe he could give the commencement speech …

    2. Susan says:

      Great answer, Barbara!

  2. Great list of beautiful and fun places to visit, Eli! (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑✧ ✰ 。*

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Kind of awesome, right?

  3. daysixtyfive says:

    Amazing! Thank you so much for letting me participate in such a fun post. Your writing is absolutely astounding, thank you again xxx

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was a blast to put together, Jess. I’m glad you could get in for this one, and hope to have you around again.

      thank you for the kind words! I feel the same about your words, and I’m grateful to have found your blogging space.

  4. Lyn says:

    Cor! I’d like to see some of those places myself. What a wonderful collection of places to visit, Eli 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It reads like a bucket list!

  5. stomperdad says:

    Roswell! HA Why didn’t I think of that? Some good entries, as always!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Then to an Albuquerque Isotopes game.

  6. And now…. I wanna go back to Turkey. And then Kruger National Park!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There ought to be a travel package that pairs those two, Geeg. Thanks for the pic!

  7. Kisma says:

    #6 made me laugh! These are all awesome. I am digging the nature, coffee and sports vibe among the tribes here today.

    Well done!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      No. 6 is awesome, isn’t it Tiff? It was a great collection, and so indicative of us.

  8. I love how so many answers are tied to visiting landmarks or being out in nature. And food. Some great food and drink choices there. The aliens would be well fed. 🙂

    Also got a kick out of Joyce’s Roswell answer. So clever and perfect for the theme! *lol*

    Btw Eli, I should’ve offered to send one of my Hraunfossar photos from my trip in Iceland. Totally slipped my mind, though.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We’re an adventurous (and hungry) bunch, Sara. No one – not one – said a thing about Sushi. Or an oakland raiders game.

      I wonder if aliens would consider Roswell cliche or brilliant!

      You must have some incredible pictures from the trip. Have you posted any on your blog?

      1. Not on my own blog, unless you count the herbal tea photo in the “What’s Making Me Happy: May 2017” post that went live yesterday. But I’ve written articles about the experience for DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers, and those feature some of my photos. Would you like me to email those links to you? Or is it OK to share them here in another comment?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Share them here so I am not accused of hogging them, SL!

      3. All right then. 😉

        Here’s the DIY MFA one, “Five Reasons to Attend the Iceland Writers Retreat”: https://diymfa.com/community/5onfri-five-reasons-attend-iceland-writers-retreat

        And here’s the Writers Helping Writers post, “Using Real-World Locations to Ground Your Story’s Setting.” This is more of a writing tips oriented article, but it includes photos and several setting-related “fun facts” about Iceland: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/05/using-real-world-locations-to-ground-your-storys-setting/

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I need to set my fiction-in-progress in someplace fun to visit! I hope people check these out. I learn so much when I read your posts, Sara.

  9. I want to see all these places! Thanks for letting me participate.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That might be the title for your next blog, Aj – See All the Places. Loved having you in this.

  10. juliemtms says:

    Thanks for having me- such a fun and creative exercise!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you could make it, Julie!

  11. Court says:

    Great list! Thanks for including me, but lied. I’d take them to the Walmart out in the sticks 😉
    Some of the stuff you see there is just WOW

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not too shabby, eh Court? I knew you were hiding something. Wal-mart in the sticks is the ultimate cultural experience.

      When Wal-mart first went 24 hours, I was waiting in a long line at 2 a.m. I turned to the woman behind me and said, “all that are in here are freaks and strippers.” To which she answered in a flash, “which are you?”

  12. What a fun roundup! Thanks for having me this month. Like Sara said, I love how much food is in here – these aliens will be fat and happy!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Lisa! Always great to have you along. It should surprise no one that food played a central role here today.

  13. What can I say, but thank you as always for including me and loved reading all the responses here where others, too would love to go 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s always great to have you, Janine. You were a pioneer of these things when they first started!

  14. Charlotte says:

    Cafe du Monde! Roswell! Hawaii!! There are some incredible suggestions this month to your prompt. I think our alien encounters would be quite pleased 🙂 Also, I always loved that movie, too, but you know–it’s been so long since I’ve seen it! I really enjoyed that ride at Orlando though, it may have been my favorite 🙂 XOXO

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Great places, all. Well, I think so. I’ve never been. But we really brought it. Earthlings will get a rep as great hosts.

      I showed that movie to my kids, and they liked it. That was a while back. Never been on the ride, either. Clearly, I need to get out!

  15. San says:

    The aliens would think we have a very beautiful planet with great food … LOL

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like the best intergalactic PR, San!

  16. Jen says:

    I am not an alien (at least I don’t think so) and I am ALL in for a visit with all of these people, places and food suggestions!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Even if you were Jen – we’d take you.

  17. My childhood happy place, Southport Island. (Wonderful list!)

  18. I love this answer:

    Visit friends and relatives in Roswell.

    Ha! 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Funny yet considerate, isn’t it Sandra?

  19. Beth says:

    I love the person who came up with Area 51 for a family reunion! Fun prompt, I loved a lot of these responses, they made me smile!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Clever, right Beth? I love putting these together – I get to see the answers before anyone else.

  20. Thank you, Eli. This is great! Too bad we can’t all meet up and do all of this together! That would be fun! Let me know when the aliens arrive, we can all meet in your kitchen. We can start the journey by making tortillas. Hugs!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you, Annie. It’s a blast to put together! We could get a bus (and a plane).

      You’ll see about the aliens’ arrival on CNN and Fox News. There would be very different headlines, though. Every good journey begins with warm tortillas.

  21. Great round up, Eli! They were all amazing. I especially like the one ‘take to a family reunion..’ LOL. I would definitely do that. I found some bloggers in my part of the world too, so I’ll check out their posts.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Lisa! Love how these come together. The Roswell Reunion was a hit!
      I wonder what kind of barbecue they’d have. I think of these things.
      Cool that our blog universes merge a little.

  22. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    It never crossed my mind until Eli, the Coach Daddy asked his strange blogging friends where we would take an alien visitor. The catch? We were limited to 6 words! Where wold you take the strange visitor?

  23. mimi says:

    So many wonderful places, if i were the alien, i don’t think i could choose just one.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good thing we’re paying for it, Mimi. I think aliens use Euros, though.

  24. ksbeth says:

    fun – 2 and 13 were my favs )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Joyce has been a hit, beth!

  25. I really love these posts! Such a great way to share blogs, too. I need to look out for the next “prompt”!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Katherine! And it doesn’t take a ton of time to check out a blog or two. Email me for he next prompt!

  26. amommasview says:

    Dang, I missed out on that one!!! Great question, Eli! I would probably take an Alien to the Great Barrier Reef because it is still stunning but also a showcases why they wouldn’t want to abduct us… (but that’s more than 6 words…)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Gotta get you in next time! This was a fun one. Maybe the aliens can teach us how to save the reefs while they’re here.

      1. amommasview says:

        Yup and while their at it, maybe they can take Mr Trump with them and drop him somewhere in space on their way home…

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Nah. I wouldn’t disparage any American president. As unpopular as both the final candidates were this election, I wouldn’t have condoned the way he has been (or she would have been) treated.

      3. amommasview says:

        You’re a good man.

  27. akaleistar says:

    Such a fun prompt! And, so many great places to go 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Ashley! We’d better get started if we’re going to get through half of these.

  28. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading everyone’s responses and some of the accompanying photos.
    I liked your response, too. Lol. You and tortillas eh?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I was lucky enough to have photos for most of these, What’s an alien visit without Mexican food? Yes, me and tortillas – bound by the universe!

  29. Thanks so much for including me but I had the most fun reading all the other responses. What a blast!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m glad you came along for the ride, Donna. Not a bad collection, right?

  30. Susan says:

    A fun edition of 6 words – in addition to my own suggestion of Newfoundland, my faves were numbers 1, 2 and the Area 51 and Roswell entries. Thanks for the world tour!

    1. Seems you had an idea similar to mine: show him something you love personally.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Yes, Barbara – it doesn’t get much more personal than warm tortillas.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      All winners, right Susan? So glad you were along for the ride.

  31. Swoon…one of my favorite 6 words ever…a bucket list has been created.
    Thank you, Eli! Always honored to call you a friend. xo

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      So glad you found it swoony, swoony one. It would definitely make one helluva bucket list. The honor’s all mine!

  32. E.T., travel and food, I think I’m in heaven. Where do I sign up to be an alien?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s life, isn’t it Tamara? I think it’s by invitation only, though.

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