Okay, here it is! The Obsessive Compulsive Extreme Road Trip Planning Method!
First thing to do: Figure out where you want to go.
Sometimes, I’ve heard about something that sounds really interesting. Sometimes it’s just a name. Somewhere I had heard the name, the Outer Banks. I thought “the Outer Banks” sounded like a really cool place. I had no idea where it was or what it was or why it was called that, but I wanted to know. I wanted to see these Outer Banks. So I researched it and became even more intrigued. We visited the Outer Banks in 2006, and that place was just as cool as I had thought it would be. Wild horses, pirates, lighthouses, and more!
Wild horse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
One day I was looking in to Venus flytraps and was stunned to find that they are only endemic to a tiny area around Wilmington, North Carolina (yeah, North Carolina has a lot of neat stuff). So we went in search of them, a journey that took us into the wilds of North Carolina.
Wild Venus Flytrap
Sometimes the place is more obvious, like when I decided I wanted to see New York City or the Hollywood sign or the Smithsonian or the St. Louis Arch or the Alamo or the Space Needle.
Once you know where you want to go, you can figure out what you can see (and do) on the way. This initial destination will no longer be the actual trip destination. It’s really just to set a distance.
Step two gets really fun!
Since Terry wanted to go to Alaska, and Benjamin wanted to go to Hawaii, I became the voice of reason (weird, right?), and we’re planning our next road trip for Florida. Terry and I drove to Florida in 1991, and then we finally went back again in 2013 with Benjamin. The trip in 1991 was our first ever road trip, the first real vacation for either of us. I thought of it as our honeymoon even though we had been married for three years.
Prehistoric shark teeth from Caspersen Beach
When I looked through our pictures from Florida in 2013 recently, I realized that maybe a tenth of them are actually from Florida. Most are from the trip there and back. So this trip, we’re going to drive straight to Florida and go from there. There’s a lot of stuff in Florida. And there are some places we want to go back to, like Delray Beach, Caspersen Beach, and WonderWorks. Caspersen Beach is where we found the prehistoric shark teeth. That’s about the only reason to go there unless you like being dragged under and tossed back into large sharp rocks. Benjamin kind of liked it. The beach was pretty full of people looking for the shark teeth. Terry found most of them; I found a couple, and Benjamin, who didn’t wear his glasses to the beach, couldn’t see well enough to find any. So we need to go back so he can wear his glasses this time. A trip to the eye doctor before we go probably wouldn’t hurt either.
Terry at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida
So, now I begin the New Plan for Florida!