It’s December… seven months to go…

Today is December first. Winter in New York. It’s been mild thus far, but the cold is coming in now, and so it does me good to be working on the trip planning and thinking about the hot deserts and summer fun!

We have made a good bit of progress in the trip planning so far. We have basically settled on a route that will take us across the south west and back via the south east of the country…

triproute

The route is a long one, but will give us a taste of history, and a sampling of the amazing natural beauty that ranges across the country. We will be coming from the northeast, across the great plains and into the southwestern deserts on the way to the pacific coast before doubling back and going as far south as the Mexican border before coming through the Louisiana bayous and stopping at New Orleans on the way home via the “deep south”. I am looking forward to the discoveries we will be making during our journey as well as to the fun we will surely have along the way!

Now that the routing is settled, I will turn my attention to obtaining the necessary permits for some of the locations we are going to.

As I recall from the Moab planning, we really need to make our requests in January if we want flexibility and our first choices of locations and routing through the national parklands. And once Cactus Killer and Silly Squirrel have their tickets to the U.S., we should be able to lock in a timeframe, and then just plot it out on a calendar to determine dates for the permits. After that it is just a question of paperwork and time… and we should be “good to go.”

If we get that all done in January, we can move onto other aspects of planning and logistics once the actual travel dates are much closer…

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Maryland: morning blues…

The magical light of early morning paints the landscape with the most incredible shades of blue…

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Maryland: the sun also rises…

The magical light of early morning paints the landscape with the most incredible shades of blue…

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Maryland: camping at Point Lookout…

We had some fun camping…


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Maryland: Point Lookout landscapes…

Wet weather can really put the damper on a camping trip, but it can also make for some pretty beautiful landscape shots. And it gets even better when the weather clears up and bright sunlight transforms everything (including our moods!)…


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Maryland: Deer at Point Lookout

We finally got up early enough to see some wildlife…


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Maryland: The Birthday…

It was Silly Squirrel’s 12th birthday…


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Maryland: a walk on the beach…

A stopover along the way to camp…


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Maryland: camping on the Pocomoke

Technically, this isn’t part of the “big trip”, as it was prior to the planning of our Route 66 journey. But it fits in with the spirit of what Silly Squirrel has called our “appetizers”

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Moab -> Route 66

First Moab in 2007 … my first BIG trip.
We just looked back in Josie’s diary about Moab. It is full of pictures, text, drawings of landscapes … It was so much of a dream. It makes me want to go again. Now our new plan is Route 66 in 2010.

Tomorrow, 27th of October, my birthday, we going to Maryland to camp there … this will be an appetizer to road 66!

What I like about camping is that we forget our civilized way of life and we come back to our prehistoric way of living : we look for wood in order to make a fire. Then we cook, (sometimes burn) potatoes and meat and sometimes we even eat hot dogs … which is really prehistoric !!!

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