I would go along on any of those fantastice mountain trail rides. I could be your interpreter. I speak American fluently!
I also speak Japanese, Spanish and a bit of French.
I LOVE my country with the depth of my soul, too and a lifetime wouldn't be enought to see all the great places. But, there IS value in seeing other countries. Not just for seeing castles built of stone hundreds of years ago, but for widening one's understanding of human history and how it set the stage for OUR history, as Americans. Nothing makes you better understand and appreciate your own culture (not necessarily American, just your own, whatever it may be) like spending some time in another culture.
You'd be amazed at what ingenious solutions people have come up with to deal with the challenges they face. I respect that, and all, and I love to travel, but I love to come HOME, too. We are insanely lucky in this country, let us never forget.