Obsessive Compulsive Extreme Road Trip Planning: The First Thing to Do

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

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

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!

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Mountain Farm Museum

Mountain Farm MuseumIf you’re over at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, drop by the Mountain Farm Museum on the Oconaluftee River. It’s a bunch of late 1800s Appalachian farm buildings and some farm animals. If you’re into that sort of antiques, it’s very nice there. What’s really cool is that it’s free; you can just walk through and look at everything.

Bee Gum Stand

Bee Gum Stand

Corn Crib

Corn Crib

National Park Service Mountain Farm Museum site