It’s countdown time. We haven’t gotten the exact date from the movers, but it should be the 16th or the 17th of May, which by my calculations is less than a week away. Then it’s carpet cleaning and general cleaning and into the car and off!
We decided that we would make a fun trip of it – take our time and explore the country from California to Minnesota. Cosmo is not going to be thrilled with that decision, but hopefully he will adjust. So now, Robert is entranced with the idea of planning a Route. I thought seriously about duplicating the path I drove in the 70’s. That’s a possibility.
We asked our neighbor, Sue who is a Minnesota farm girl and has driven back and forth by various routes depending on the weather, what she would suggest. We took out our United States Atlas and began to pore over various plans.
When we had our ultimate best vacation in England many years ago – we planned by putting a big map of the country up on the wall, doing research about locales, discussed endlessly the various possibilities, debated our favorite and ultimately necessary stops, used red pins to highlight the route, and then just “followed our nose” once we actually got there. But the Red Pins were vicarious fun and set the tone.
So once again, we’re open to suggestions. And that is what the CONTEST is all about. For instance, I had decided that the Tetons are a worthy stop on the route between California and Minnesota. And just as I thought of that possibility, two people, our son Steven and my good friend Mara, both emphatically stated that we MUST go by the Tetons. That seems like a sign.
Yet what other wondrous possibilities on this journey might we be missing? Or need to experience? Or be sorry that we missed? We’re not sure if we should be going up the coast and across the Canadian border, or across the Sierras, or south to New Mexico and up the great Prairies.
So I’m asking all the readers of snowbirdredux to send in their comments and suggestions. What place and locale speaks to you? What do you advise we take to heart and consider a personal pilgrimage?
Other than the Tetons (which just might be a “must”) if we are inspired to journey to your special place, I will send you a treasure from that very locale. It may be a rock, an amulet, or just a souvenir. But we welcome all suggestions for our migration. Please advise!