Category: Vacation 2012

Albuquerque BioPark

Gorilla

ShareThe Albuquerque BioPark is a big combo zoo and aquarium and botanical gardens. We hadn’t planned to go there, but after driving through Oklahoma and half of New Mexico with nothing going on, Terry and I gave in to Benjamin’s pleas for the aquarium and zoo after he spotted the billboards along the interstate. So …

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Back Home and Reflections on the Trip

Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills

ShareWhew! The first day back, my house didn’t even look like my house to me. I couldn’t find anything, couldn’t find my clothes, couldn’t even find my stuff in the shower. And I especially noticed the noise that evening, the cicadas and the frogs and the owls and the other racket making creatures. My yard …

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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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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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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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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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Musical Road

ShareSomething I really want to see — or I should say hear — is the musical road in Lancaster, California. It’s one of only four musical roads in the world. It has grooves cut in it that play the William Tell Overture (you know, the Lone Ranger song) when you drive down it. It’s called …

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Planning Vacation 2012: Where We Want to Go

ShareStep One… Where in the U.S. do we want to visit? What do we want to see? What do we want to do? We’ve already decided on Out West (when will we ever get back to Florida?). We need to get in good visits with Aunt Toad up in northern California and Cousin Linda out …

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