We’re full steam ahead in the planning stages for our next adventure. No name for the trip or anything yet, but accommodations are booked, national parks have been chosen and the route has officially taken shape. We’re open to suggestions and hoping you’ll come along with us for the ride.
How do you plan? Do you have favourite books, blogs or big-time travel fans you look to? Are you the research all or none type or somewhere in between? We fall somewhere in the middle. Plan a bit, book accommodations, have some ideas, get suggestions and see where the day takes us. Some of our favourite memories come from the road less traveled, last minute advice of a local, a random Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives® find or an afternoon picnic in an off – the beaten path spot. We’ve already been told of a few side roads to take within parks since they’re far more scenic than the main ones. And there’s also the possible stop at the Corn Palace in South Dakota, a hopeful view of Half Dome in Yosemite and maybe even flying fish in Washington. It’s all taking shape.
We’re in the market for suggestions if you’ve got them. Favorite camp sites in the US National parks, best roadside kitsch found along the way, best food stops you’ve had, special photo spectacles that would be on your ‘must’ list if you made one and anything in between. The parks/monuments will be: Australia’s Red Centre, Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Black Hills, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls (Canadian side), Glacier, Yosemite and Australia’s Halls Gap (Grampians). The cities chosen: Melbourne (Australia), Alice Springs (Australia), Toronto (Canada) and in the US – New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Cody, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Kalispell, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and Lake Tahoe.
We’ll of course do our best to zigzag through places far and wide (because, why not?) and take in as much of the authentic bits as possible. Often on road trips, we find it’s the people, the conversations and the experiences that make the trip special. Stepping foot in places so many have been before and thousands will after truly connects you to the land. For so long, hearing about spaces in the world and then actually having the opportunity to be in the moment in said spot is truly spectacular. Along the way we hope to meet up with travel friends and connect with new ones. Why not have Huckleberry Pie in Montana, deep dish pizza in Chicago and organic food truck fare in Portland? When in Rome, right?
Meet us along the way. Send us your favourite stops. Text us with last minute thoughts if we’re in the neighborhood of something or some place you think we’d enjoy. As always, thanks for being a part of our journey.