In our matching Mickey shirts. I'm on the left, in front of my Mom.
When I was eight years old, my parents took our family to Disneyland. We each saved for a year so we could go. Instead of a straight drive down and back (from the northern border of the US to the southern), my parents planned a loop for us. We went to many of the National Parks (Redwoods, Zion), visited national symbols (Golden Gate Bridge, Salt Lake Temple) and saw natural features outside our familiar home-base habitat (desert, Great Salt Lake). It was two weeks of exploring many of the Western States of our great country. Needless so say, it was the trip of a lifetime. Disneyland was the pinnacle, but the rest was awesome.
Flying seven people to California, renting a car for while we are there, and sleeping in a hotel the whole time would be more expensive than us taking a longer car trip (and spending most nights in a tent). So, with a few exceptions, we will be repeating the epic journey of my childhood.
I have just begun planning for this trip. There is so. much. to think about! I know many of you are travelers and I have lots of questions. For the next little while, keep your eye on my sidebars. I am going to have regular polls with some of those questions.
First up? Should we visit Death Valley? It would add about three hours to our trip. I've never been there and it looks cool to me. Have you been there? Do you think it is interesting? We would be going at the beginning of May, so we are to expect temperatures in the high 90's, but we would try to arrive in the evening and we would leave before it gets too hot (May = longer days). Feel free to add comments if you have something to add, but don't forget to vote.