Several readers have asked where we are going when we leave Show Low next week and what our travel plans are. While we have a general idea of what we’ll be doing, nothing is set in stone.
The only obligation we have is to be in Gillette, Wyoming for the Escapees Escapade rally the end of June, which will give us a month to get there.
We’ll probably leave here Tuesday or Wednesday and go to Albuquerque for a week or so. There are a couple of places I want to visit to do stories on while we’re in town, and we may make a day trip to Santa Fe, since we’ve driven past it on the highway but never stopped.
Then we’ll go north into Colorado and kill some time playing tourist and collecting a few stories for future issues of the Gypsy Journal. I’m not sure where all we’ll be visiting, but it will be along the Interstate 25 corridor. There are a few places around Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver that might hold a few stories. Again, nothing is set in stone as to where we’ll be staying or what we’ll be doing. Any suggestions?
Eventually we’ll make our way to Gillette for Escapade, where we will have a vendor booth and I will be presenting my Highway History And Back Road Mystery seminar. After Escapade, our next commitment is back in Tucson for medical stuff at the VA hospital in mid-November, so we have a lot of time to play. From Gillette, we’ll be making our way west and plan to spend the rest of the summer in western Washington and Oregon.
Again, nothing is set in stone. We know we want to spend a week or maybe two in Bremerton, Washington at the Elks lodge. It makes a good base for taking the ferry across Puget Sound to Seattle for day trips and exploring that part of the Olympic Peninsula. Then we want to go up to the Escapees Evergreen COHO in Chimacum, which is the perfect base for visiting Port Townsend, one of our favorite small towns in America.
When we get bored there or they run us out of town, we’ll follow U.S. Highway 101 out to the coast and spend some time at some of the Thousand Trails parks and affiliates in Ocean City and then Long Beach.
From there we’ll make our way slowly south along the beautiful and wild Oregon coast, stopping here and there as we go. Again, no commitments, no place we have to be, just as we like it. We may stay one night in a town, or we may stay a couple of weeks. Now that’s RVing as it should be!
The other day, faithful reader Jim Hamm in Prescott, Arizona sent me a link to a neat website call My Scenic Drives that outlines road trips from Alaska to Wyoming and just about everywhere in between. I’m looking forward to checking it out and seeing what adventures it can lead us to in our travels.
Thought For The Day – Give the gift of your absence to those who don’t appreciate your presence.