My Summer Vacation Preview
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted but it’s been time well spent. I found a new place to live, I’m in the process of moving, and I’m in the middle planning my most epic trip EVER.
Yes, I said it: EVER.
Yes, even more epic than my solo cross-country road trip three years ago.
I’ve been alluding to this epic trip for a while now and although I’ve been reluctant to provide too many details, now that I’ve hit the three month countdown until my departure date, I can’t hold in my excitement in any longer.
In fact, this trip is so epic, I had to give it a name:
Roadtrippin’, Roughin’ It, and Romancin’
the West Coast of the U.S.A.
The plan? Three weeks in my favorite part of America: the West Coast. I’ll fly in to San Diego and out of Seattle. And so far, I have very few fixed plans about what’s going to happen in between. Here’s the breakdown:
I’m a sucker for a good road trip and it’s been much, much too long since my last one. I’d originally planned on spending a few days in San Diego, but I just wasn’t feeling the San Diego vibe. Instead, I’ll drive two hours north to Los Angeles, spend a few days there and then cruise up California’s most famous thoroughfare: the Pacific Coast Highway (although I’ve been warned that no native Californian calls it that). I don’t have a fixed itinerary, but through my research so far, I’ve learned there are lots of points of interest and small towns worth a stop along the way. I’m planning to go as far north as Monterey and then hang a right and head inland. Why? Read on.
After my cruise up the PCH, I’m heading to Yosemite National Park! It’s the only definite plan I have on this entire trip so far as I’ll be spending four days and three nights there with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides (I snagged the last spot in this group trip–bonus for going it alone!). This portion of the trip will give me an opportunity to cross two items off my life list: backpacking in Yosemite National Park and a chance to summit Yosemite’s iconic granite peak Half Dome.
After leaving Yosemite, I’ll drive up through Oregon and head into Washington State. I’ve written before about my brief flirtation with Seattle and I’ve decided that this summer it’s high time Seattle and I got to know each other better. A lot better. How much time I actually spend there remains to be seen, but I’d love to spend a minimum of three days getting intimate with this glorious metropolis. I can’t wait!
It’s not typical for me to spend this much of my vacation time at once but I reach a milestone birthday this year and I really wanted to do something special to mark the occasion and celebrate my life so far. Last year, I learned some valuable lessons about the benefit of traveling slowly and simply taking time to savor your surroundings. This year, I’m putting those lessons into practice.
More to follow as details fall into place. I can’t wait to share this adventure with you.
Have you spent any time on the West Coast and have recommendations for things I should see and do, places to go to eat, or people I should meet? Let me know…I’m hoping this will be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’ll need your help to make that happen! Leave your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and concerns in the comments below.