We'll be hitting the road later this month for a road trip.
The purpose is to go visit my daughter as we haven't seen her since she moved to Louisiana last May.
I am looking forward to that.
But we have a whole lot of miles and states to get through before we get to Louisiana.
Our last road trip back last August, we planned out to the nth degree.
This time we are playing it more by ear.
Other than the basics of a loose route and the hotel where we will be staying once we get to LA, everything else is up in the air.
This is called being spontaneous or "freestyling" and you know what?.....it's scaring the hell out of me! lolz
I am a planner, a chart maker and list keeper.
We have so many days to get to LA by a certain date and then so many days to get home.
We also have a few things we want to do/see along the way, but other than that, everything else is up in the air.....from what roads we travel, to what we see/do(or don't see/don't do), where we eat, stop and sleep.
Hubs elected to receive a GPS for his 30 year anniversary gift at work, so we'll have that for help. We will go armed with a map, a list of ideas/places to visit along the way and mapquest-ed directions/addresses and phone numbers. Night's lodgings will be located using a feature on the GPS for such or using booklets or signs on the Interstate or personal recommendations.
I fear we'll pay too much for lodgings this way(just dropping in last minute and hoping the motel/hotel is under booked and practically giving away rooms for the night is NOT my idea!)but I am going to go with it.
I didn't buy any restaurant dotcom eatery certificates to bring the meal prices down, but we won't be locked into getting to/eating at a specific destination either.
Though I do have some gift cards(for eateries I already had)so I'll bring those for "just in case" situations. But I do prefer to eat local food, not in a chain.
And we are renting a car like we did last August so there is no added wear and tear on our already beleaguered vehicles.
While I have ideas on a few excursions we are open to other ideas.
So if you are on our way(between northeastern PA and northwestern LA)and either are up to a visit or giving us a place to sleep for a night, or have some ideas of places/things to see/experience along that route, or words of advise/wisdom, drop me a note either on the blog or privately and I'll take all under advisement.
Since we WILL be nearby to New Orleans, we'd like to experience that city, but we won't be stopping there this trip. We looked at going but it's just not do-able this time.
Heck, if we retire to LA it will be just down the road anyway and we'll have many opportunities to go there then.
Heck, if we are swinging by your town, maybe you'll be granted an audience with Sluggy and I can bring you your own personal Bloggerpalooza II goody bag.....won't that be a treat?! ;-)