Call it a test of my own gumption or a simple thirst for adventure:
I’m hopping in my car and hitting the road to explore the American West!
In an effort to banish writer’s block, stir up my routine and physically reconnect with my passion for travel, I’m uncharacteristically striking out on my own to visit:
- The South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona
- Monument Valley, Arches and Canyonlands in southeastern Utah
- Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Carbondale and more in western Colorado
Yellowstone National ParkJackson Hole and the historic town of Cody in northern Wyoming
- The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway and Boise in southern Idaho
Bend and Crater LakePortland in northwestern Oregon
- The west coast of Oregon
- Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California
Weather permitting, I’d like to follow the Sierras down to Death Valley, then cross the Mojave Desert back to L.A. However, I’m considering a few alternative routes in case too much snow and ice block my path.
I last visited the Grand Canyon with a college boyfriend in August 1990, and Adam and I explored Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole in August 2008; otherwise, this will all be new territory to me. I’ve taken a mere five days to plot out my route and get organized, but I feel prepared – and pretty darn excited.
Should all go according to plan, I’ll be on this adventure from March 1-22, 2012. For my journey, I have a new parka, sturdy boots, warm clothes, plenty of water, an emergency kit, tire chains and a AAA TripTik.
I’ll be staying in motels and with friends along the way, but will be bringing a sleeping bag, too.
Y’know, just in case I get caught in a snowdrift and need to hibernate in order to survive.
as well as on Twitter and Facebook –
please come along for the ride!