So, a couple years ago I had a gotten a bit overwhelmed and burnt out. I wasn't doing enough smiling, playing, or dreaming. Last summer I decided to make a change and quit my job and started working for myself. This past year has been quite a transformation for me, for the best, and it is still continuing. Today I am determined to work on increase the amount of time I spend here with Smile, Play Dream, and I am inspired to create an adventure for me and my boys. I have been thinking about it for a while, and now I intend to make it a reality.
My boys love geography. We took them up to Sacramento and they were so excited to see the State Capital. It made me realize how exciting it would be to see the world through their eyes and to see the looks on their face when they see the things they are interested in in real life -- like the statue or liberty.
My goal is to plan a 48 state road trip for next summer's vacation. I want to make a rough plan of where to go, what to see, and how to do it without too much backtracking. I want to visit people on the way, see cool sites, and all in all have fun, see the country, and have an adventure with my kids that we will always remember.
We will leave on June 10, 2013, and come back before school starts (sometime around Aug 10 or so).
For now, I want the beginnings of a plan and some possible sites to see along the way.
Step 1 -- Head west to highway 1
Step 2 -- Head North on highway 1
Sites: Mt. Tam, Stinson Beach, Muir Woods, Mendocino, Glass Beach Fort Bragg, Caspar State Beach, Pt Cabrillo Lighthouse
Step 3 -- Head North on 101
Sites: Redwoods State Park Avenue of the Giants, Redwood National Park, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Forks, WA
Step 4 -- Get to Seattle, Visit Friends
Sites: Space Needle
Step 5 -- West on 90, Visit Family in Yakima, continue to Spokane, Coeur D'Alene, Missoula
Sites: Manito Park, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Silverwood Theme Park ,Dinosaur Dig
Step 6 -- Through Wyoming,South Dakota, North Dakota,
Sites: Badlands National Park, Corn Palace, Mt. Rushmore, Beaver Lake State Park
...to be continued ...
Notes to self:
- look intonational parks pass.
- 2 months may be too short -- should I take the kids out of school for a bit?
- How much will it cost? affordability?
- Plan in some flex down time
If you are reading this and have any advice, suggestions of good places to go, things to see please leave a comment.
It feels good to work on making a dream into a reality.