plotting and planning

We’re going on a trip!

We’ve been planning it for months but began physically plotting it out just recently. Yeah, yeah I have a GPS for my car, but isn’t it so much more fun to attempt to fold and unfold a giant map of the United States in the front seat of a tiny convertible?

Chris has done most of the plotting using orange for the quickest route, with pink indicating where we could take little (or big) detours.

We’ll start off heading up to Montana for a week with Chris’ family on Ashley Lake, visiting Yellowstone along the way.

Then we’ll quite literally race towards Michigan, hopefully stopping in Chicago for a dinner at Alinea!!!

After about a week and a half of family in Michigan, we’ll head down to my Papa Lew’s house in Tennessee!

Which will be followed by some excellent BBQ…

On to Denver!

Through some southwest hotspots…

Possibly through San Diego and LA (can you believe I’ve never been?) and up through BIG SUR (one of my favorite places on earth!) and San Francisco, with a quick trip to Yosemite to walk in Ansel’s footsteps. And then, finally, home again, home again.

I intend to blog the entire time too! We’ll be leaving in early July, coming back about a month later. I’m hoping for ideal “top down” weather and I’d appreciate a crossing of your fingers in that department too.

Now, apparently, I must fill out my March Madness bracket.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!