What better way to celebrate retirement than take a very long trip? For us – one is not enough. We’re planning two major back-to-back trips: first we’ll drive from Washington DC, where we now live, to the West Coast; and the second is an around-the-world journey.
The last road trip we took to the West Coast was the summer of 1971. When the school year ended, we left our teaching jobs in Maine and headed to Ohio for a family visit. From there some memorable stops were made riding horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, camping in Idaho, finally reaching the Pacific Ocean in Oregon, feeling like ducks out of water in Los Angeles. We traveled in our VW bug and camped the whole way.
What have we learned in over 40 years of traveling since our last cross country trip that will improve this trip? Maybe it will be to slow down. Enjoy where you are while you are there. Don’t be in a hurry to leave.
Where are we going on the upcoming trip? We’re not sure. Generally we’ll swing down to Key West, then back up to the FL panhandle, and head due west. Occasionally we’ll do zigzags off the path to visit friends. A few must-sees are the Gulf Coast of Florida, New Orleans, Austin, Tucson, and Channel Islands National Park. We’d like to do some camping and maybe stay in a few wonderful places deserving of more time, if we can find good places to stay (on Air BnB?) Places where we can hike and enjoy the outdoors are high on our list.
Any recommendations for the road trip?