We were supposed to go to san antonio, texas and wichita, kansas to visit our sisters, but it was too much $$ at the moment. We did however reserve for vacation with friends at Vieques, Puerto Rico for thanksgiving weekend. 3 weeks ago
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17 days until I have to be back at work-
I still have barely started packing, but I’ll be leaving sometime tomorrow. I’ll try to check in here quickly before I leave, but I don’t know how much access I’ll have while I’m gone. I hope to see a few of you in the next two weeks, and I’ll talk to the rest of you when I return! 4 weeks ago
in my last doctor’s appointment he didn’t say anything that would cause me to cancel my trip, so I guess it’s on!
My vague plans for a SE US road trip are starting to crystalize a bit. Attached is a map with a rough estimate of my route. Other than meeting at least one 43er in Atlanta, and trying to reach the highpoints of several states for this goal, I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing. I still can’t do any hiking, unfortunately. I can ride my bike but the only reason I’ve been able to do that here is that I know that I can get a hold of someone if I have a major breakdown, like pretzeling a wheel. That wouldn’t be the case 1500 miles from home so I’d better not do that :P Kayaking I could do and I’d love to do some, but even my inflatable kayak is pretty heavy when it’s wet and I don’t think that I can handle it by myself with a broken leg.
So, I guess I’ll take some books to read and try to so some birding and just enjoy the driving through a part of the country that I’ve never seen before :)
My plan is to leave on Saturday. 4000 miles of driving- good thing that gas prices are down right now! 1 month ago
for a little while, at least!
Actually I got back Saturday night, but I haven’t been around here much since then.
I had a pretty good trip. I saw all of my siblings, nieces, and nephew. I hung out with my sister all week and saw everyone else at least once. I went to I think 5 microbreweries I had never been to before and drank some great new beer. The weather wasn’t very good but the fall colors were gorgeous. I went to a meat market that’s been in the same family for 100 years, spent some time with my caving buddy, and visited my mom’s memorial for the first time.
Now I’m home for three weeks before having my last vacation of the year. I’ll actually have two weeks in a row off for the first time since I went to Switzerland over 10 years ago. I’ve been considering taking a road trip to the southeastern U.S. There are several pros and cons, and I think I’ll wait until Friday (my next doctor’s appointment) before I decide for sure. 1 month ago
And now preparations are afoot for the potential next one, which could prove very exciting, if it all works out… 2014, California here I come. (hopefully!) 1 month ago
I’ll be flying out to Chicago early tomorrow morning to spend a week visiting my siblings in Indiana. This is going to be kind of a weird trip. I haven’t been out there in three years, since Mom died. In the 29 years I’ve been in Colorado this will be the first time I’ll be going back “home” without seeing her :P
At least my sister’s off for the entire week, so we’ll probably be keeping fairly busy. And on Tuesday I’ll be meeting a 43er friend IRL for the first time!
I probably won’t be on here a lot over the next week, but I’ll have Internet access most of the time so I’ll check in once in a while. See you all in a week! 1 month ago
but at least I have something going on for my vacation next month!
Sat Oct 19
Depart DENVER CO (DEN) at 07:25 AM on Southwest Airlines
Arrive in CHICAGO MIDWAY (MDW) at 10:40 AM
Travel Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Sat Oct 26
Depart CHICAGO MIDWAY (MDW) at 6:45 PM on Southwest Airlines
Arrive in DENVER CO (DEN) at 8:35 PM
Travel Time 2 hrs 50 mins
My sister is off for the week, so even though I can’t hike we should be able to do some things. And maybe I’ll finally get to meet up with a 43er or two that I haven’t had the chance to meet before :)2 months ago
Well, not really, but how often do you get the chance to reference a John Denver song? ;)
I’m back from my “mini vacation” with my daughter. Overall we had a great time. It looks like 43T is back to “normal” again so I’ll write some more detail later, but I just wanted to warn everyone that they’ll be seeing my smartass comments again!
And if you’re one of the 43ers who I usually send postcards to, they’re in the mail :)
Attached is my version of the photo I posted here when I was writing about my plans for this trip. 4 months ago
for my vacation the week after next!
Breaking my leg in April really screwed up my vacation plans for this year. I had to cancel the June vacation, and I certainly won’t be able to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri in October. I had hoped to go out to Washington state for next month’s trip, but that’s not going to happen. I was tempted to postpone this trip but it will be my only chance this year to take a vacation with my daughter. I considered driving out to Indiana to see my friends and siblings, but I don’t think I could handle that long drive (about 1100 miles/ almost 2000 km each way) with my leg the way it feels, and I don’t even want to try hasseling with air travel yet. Last week I found some info on a cabin in north-central Wyoming that sounded interesting, but I found out that the town it’s in is lower and even hotter than Denver- not what I’m looking for! I’ll keep it in mind for another trip, but not this one.
Yesterday I was talking with a guy I’ve known at work for the entire 13 years I’ve been with this company, and he mentioned that he and his wife had recently bought a bed & breakfast in the mountains just west of Denver. From what he was saying it was out of my price range, but he told me that he’d give me a good deal. He talked with his wife last night and they offered to let me have the one cabin on the property during the week for about one-third the regular price! So I’m going to head up Monday afternoon (the 5th of August) and we’ll come back on Friday the 9th.
It’s not the kind of trip I usually like to take- I prefer to get farther away from the city, and I like to take off Saturday morning and not return until the next Sunday afternoon or evening. But with my mobility and financial limitations I think that this will work out really well :)
The attached photo shows the “downtown” strip of the small town we’ll be staying in.4 months ago
How I did it: We were going to go to England to see a taping of Top Gear but our plane tickets were getting really expensive.
I’m back :) I got in yesterday around 5:30 PM and barely had time to take a shower (which was badly needed- my last was Tuesday morning!) before heading over to have St. Patrick’s Day dinner with my kids and ex.
Overall I had a great trip. By leaving on Friday the 8th I managed to completely miss the snow that Denver got later that night and into Saturday. I did have some cool weather and some rain for the first couple of days, but that was while I was staying with my friend in Dallas so it wasn’t a problem. The rest of the week was sunny and warm- a bit too warm for me at times (Saturday afternoon, while in north Texas, my car thermometer reached 90 degrees F/ 32 C. In mid-March!). Big Thicket was an interesting park- not the most scenic I’ve ever been to, but the biological diversity was very impressive. I would consider this to be a scouting trip, giving me plenty of ideas for the next time I head down there.
This was also a vacation with a lot of driving, as you can see from the attached photo. Those are miles, of course ;) That’s 4600 km in 9 days!
BTW, the “right-side” quote as I write this entry is perfect for this goal:
“Life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved.”
- John Keats 8 months ago
Things were pretty up in the air for this year’s vacations until very recently, but since I finally got a car that I think I’ll be able to trust on long drives some plans are starting to fall into place.
Tomorrow afternoon or Saturday morning I’ll be heading out on my first trip of the year. I know that some people think I’m always on vacation :P but it’s actually been five months since my last one. This time I’m heading to east Texas to do the trip I had planned a couple years ago but had to postpone. I’m spending two or three days in Dallas, visiting a friend (a former 43er) who I haven’t seen in a while. From there I’m driving a couple hours farther southeast to Big Thicket National Preserve, a national park unit (but not a full national park, so it won’t count towards this goal) that I’ve never visited before.
I had my next week scheduled for early May in case Dan & Tom were coming back out for another Utah trip, but that’s not going to happen this year- Dan’s wife isn’t too healthy right now and Tom just went back to work after three months off due to a shoulder injury and surgery. So I think I’m going to change that one to November or December and see if Death Valley Mark can do another desert trip.
At the beginning of June I’m planning on taking my daughter and driving back to Indiana to see my family. I saw three of my four siblings out here last year but I haven’t been back “home” since Mom’s funeral in November of 2010.
In August I’m taking another week with my daughter. I’d like to drive out to Washington state to see my best friend- he moved there a couple years ago and I still haven’t been out to see him. But with the way that gas has been skyrocketing again (it’s gone up a dollar a gallon here in the last two months!) I may not be able to afford that long drive. If not, at least by living in Colorado it’s easy to get to someplace scenic with a short drive.
And finally, I have a week scheduled at the beginning of October. I’m hoping to talk my sister into biking the Katy Trail in Missouri, which I put into my “I’ve given up” goals several years ago- not because I really gave up on it, but just because I needed the room and didn’t have anything planned in the near future. If that doesn’t work out, it’s my favorite time of the year to take a vacation and the weather’s reasonable almost anywhere in the country then.
So, lots of fun places to look forward to again this year! It will be interesting to see how these plans actually turn out. 9 months ago