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Can't contain my excitement!!! 
16th-Apr-2007 06:28 am
Missy #4004
I have been giddy all weekend, despite the stress of going to Heather's baby shower where Brian and I were pretty sure that at least half of the folks there actively didn't like us (family of his ex.). The coolest part was that all three of our daughters were there! It was great having them all in one place since they are now spread out from Connecticut to Seattle these days.

So...while Brian and I were driving down to Brighton, we talked about making a trip out to see Heather and Brent and the new baby at the end of July. Neither of us are interested in the stress of flying. So...we started to play with and idea.

The big news. Brian has agreed to a REAL VACATION!!! Yes! A 9 day vacation ADVENTURE!!!!

We are going on a cross country driving adventure in a convertible! From Flint to Seattle through North Dakota on the way there. Seattle to Yellowstone and through South Dakota back to Michigan. We're not making reservations anywhere, choosing to find what we can when we're done driving for the day. 5,000 mile round trip. In a convertible!

We're also going to be doing this high tech! Brian will be hooking up his HAM radio and set up GPS tracking. So if you want to check in and watch our dot move across the country, you can. I don't know who's gonna want to, but I know that if any of my friends were hoofing it cross country, I'd love to look in on them from time to time. I love technology like this. I'll also be making photo posts along the way. I mean...if we stop by the world's largest ball of twine, I'm sure as hell gonna post the pic! I want to do a travelogue for fun.

When I was a kid, my parents and I used to travel out west every summer. I used to love those trips. Our destination was usually Colorado, but sometimes we'd have other destinations and by the age of 14, I had seen every state by car from Michigan down to Florida and every state to the west. If Brian and I enjoy this trip, we'll look at traveling the east coast next since most of those states are a mystery to us both.

I'm really giddy to be able to take Brian to Yellowstone since he's never been. I think it's an amazing area and can't wait to go back.

Right now, we're in the process of trying to gather information about places to check out along our routes. We don't want full day side trips, but we're completely open to doing a little exploring. We'll be going through the Badlands and the Black Hills areas, so I can't wait to revisit as an adult the places that thrilled me to see as a child. I adore vistas, mountain ranges and the stunning beauty of natural sites that make up the northern states.

I love that we have several months to plan and build our excitement. We haven't had a 'leave the state' for more than a weekend vacation in 8 years. The last major travel vacation we had was our cruise to Grenada and the leeward islands about 10 years ago. And since then, we've kept our vacations to places around Michigan and Ohio.

This one is going to be an adventure, not just a vacation. I need a hat.

16th-Apr-2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Whoo Hoo!! I love the idea of an adventure. Actually, anytime Krystal and I go anywhere together it feels like a mini-adventure. I'm so excited for you, not just a vacation but an adventure! Yep, you need a hat.
16th-Apr-2007 09:17 am (UTC)
It sounds like a really great adventure. long pondered, simi planned road trips are really the best vacations, espically when you get to travel with a partner who you can work with so well and with such ease as you two have.

I love my GPS. So, i'd probably watch your blip on the map. also, you could do some Geocashing along the way as a means to get out and walk around places and explore a little.

16th-Apr-2007 09:55 am (UTC)
Two words for you: Grand Tetons! *giggle*
I still remember driving through them, just breath-taking!

I'm so excited for you guys!!!
16th-Apr-2007 10:21 am (UTC)
oh wow! sounds totally awesome!
16th-Apr-2007 11:46 am (UTC)

If you get a chance, are of the camping persuasion, I would suggest stopping at Custer State Park in SD. It was an amazing time, if creepy sometimes, to be stopped 20 feet from a buffalo who was staring you down, while allow his herd to cross the street behind him.

"no, it's cool. I'm just gonna sit right here. I've got all the time in the world. I promise, I have no intention of doing you or any of the herd any harm."
16th-Apr-2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
cris and I drove Vancouver to Boston a couple of years back, along I90 with a few side trips. Here's my travel diary if you want to see what we were able to hit.
Having his laptop with us, loaded with MS Streets and Trips, was invaluable (no GPS though) as it let us pick places to eat and sleep by searching around where we were or thought we'd get to soon. Plus the whole not getting too lost thing was helpful. :)
One thing I think you'd enjoy is to pick out a few destination restaurants. We managed to avoid fast food the whole way across and it made the trip a lot of fun, and a lot healthier! :)
16th-Apr-2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous! I can't wait to hear all your stories when you get back. :]
16th-Apr-2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
That's very cool!
16th-Apr-2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
I have an uncle who lives in Oak Harbor. I haven't been there since I was... 10? There may or may not be a feasibility study of our own currently going on.
16th-Apr-2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm looking into what I'll need to broadcast APRS packets during the trip. if all goes well anyone can simply enter my callsign in the online database search site.
16th-Apr-2007 11:01 pm (UTC) - Montana
If you find yourself passing through montana a bit to the north, near Havre, you might want to check out the Beaver Creek County Park.

It's the largest county park in the US (over 10k acres) and I remember camping there on a summer road trip with my parents years ago. Very secluded, just a maze of hills on the edge of the badlands.
17th-Apr-2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Are you guys sure you can make the entire trip and back in 9 days? When I made a similar trip (and similar distance), it was me 6 days, driving from dawn to dusk none stop...
19th-Apr-2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Road trips are so much fun! I was thrilled when John agreed to a 2 week one 2 years ago, and it got him hooked on vacation-taking.
I would be one of those geeky friends think it's great to track your progress.
And as I learned on my road trip, a hat is a necessity. (We ended up buying one for me at the Flagstaff Mall.)
23rd-Apr-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun!

I sent you a picture from my phone, maybe two, did you get them? It was a few days ago. (I'm new to this sending pictures by phone... so I may have sent it off into the nevernever on mistake.)
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