Category: Trip Planning

Webelos Scout Traveler Badge

Webelos Traveler Badge

ShareIf you have a boy, and he is in the Webelos, planning and taking a road trip can get him the Webelos Traveler Badge. You have to do five of the requirements to get the badge. Number three is using a map on the Internet to plan a trip. At some point in our planning of …

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Early Reconnaissance Missions

Death Valley

ShareI used to refer to all of our road trips as reconnaissance missions. Mostly to lessen disappointments I had suffered on the trip. Weird statues that Terry wouldn’t stop for to let me get a picture. Famous city intersection signs that Terry wouldn’t stop for to let me get a picture. My sad face in …

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Forced Planning

Benjamin and Darla Kay at the Grand Canyon

ShareSo, tonight I guilted Benjamin into helping me plan this summer’s road trip. I wish I had someone who enjoyed playing maps like I do. That’s what I call it — “Playing Maps”. I used to play maps even before there was the Web. I tell Benjamin how I used to plan road trips before …

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Glass Beach: A Gotta-See

ShareI just stumbled upon an article about Glass Beach at Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. I am adding it into the 2012 Vacation Plans since we are headed that way anyway. Broken glass from trash thrown in the ocean fifty years ago has been beaten by the ocean until it’s smooth and pretty. And the beach is apparently …

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Another Travel Find Using Geocaching.com

ShareSo I’m scrolling along the Geocaching.com Google Map through the California Redwoods, and I see a cache, an easy regular (for the muggles, a regular is big enough to have stuff in it). There aren’t a lot of caches out in the Redwoods, so I had a look. It was called Turn Off to Jurassic …

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Using Geocaching.com to Help Plan – Even If You Don’t Geocache

Geocaching

ShareGeocaching is great fun, but even if for some bizarre reason, you don’t enjoy geocaching, you can still use the web site to help plan your road trip. First, you have to appreciate obsessive compulsive road trip planning. That means once you’ve found some area that you think you might like to visit (the Redwoods …

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Why I Like Motel 6

ShareWe driven around most of the United States almost every summer for the last 20 years. We’ve stayed in all kinds of motels and hotels. There was the antique hotel in Cripple Creek. There was the bedbuggy motel in Houston; we didn’t stay there. We got our money back on that one as soon as …

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Using Pinterest to Help Plan Your Trip

ShareI’ve started using Pinterest for trip planning. We’ll see how it goes. The pinboard is called Places we want to go on RoadTrip 2012. It’s an interesting way to look at the different destinations, using mainly photos. I’ve given collaboration rights to Benjamin so he can add places also. Once I get Terry set up …

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Organizing the Vehicle

ShareDon’t expect everything to be well sorted and in a convenient location in the vehicle even if you make an effort to do that before you leave. As you discover the most convenient locations for everything, plan to spend the first (and maybe the second) night at the first motel/hotel stop organizing the vehicle. You …

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Travel Guides and Maps in the Mail

ShareLots of states offer printed travel guides and state maps that they will mail to you for free. Arizona will send you the state Visitors’ Guide and an Arizona state map. Utah has all kinds of guides and a map. And California…

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