So, I've been on the road for nearly a month, and I thought I should go ahead and start a thread about my trip. Up to now, most of my trip has consisted of visiting friends/family and a few museums. I haven't had the chance to explore the back country much, but once I leave Nebraska, that should change.
Right now I'm in Lincoln, Nebraska visiting family and enjoying the food from Valentino's and Taco Inn. Over the course of the next few days, I'll try to catch you up with my progress thus far.
A North American Journey
The plan? I don't really have one. My contract at work expired a couple months ago, so I figured I'd take the opportunity to do a trip across the U.S. This trip has two goals: First, while on the road, I'll be searching for a jobs hopefully within my field of study (GIS), and, second, I'd like to see and experience some of the great things this country has to offer.
Between the ages of 8 and 12, my family (my parents, my sister, my brother, and myfself) spent those 4 years traveling around the States. Anybody remember the TV show Promised Land on CBS? That was us, except for we didn't have a Suburban and Airstream camper...we had a 1984 Buick Century with a ugly, brown car-top-carrier. The five of us had a blast, and I'm excited to experience life on the road once again.
I left North Carolina on June 10th. From there I stopped in Norfolk, VA; Washington DC; Chicago, IL; Oshkosh, Wi; Lincoln, NE; and a few other places in between. I'll update you all with the places I've been thus far, and here's a very rough outline of my upcoming schedule:
July 10-20: Head northwest from Nebraska to the following areas:
-Waterton Lakes International Peace Park (Canadian side of Glacier)
July 20-Aug 5: Head south from Montana to the following areas:
-Drive around northern UT and visit what I can there.
-Rocky Mountain National Park
-Drive around CO
-Maybe do the Alpine Loop in CO
-Arches National Park
-Canyonlands National Park
Aug 5-9: Visit friends in El Paso, TX. Maybe drive to Big Bend.
August 10-30: Stay somewhere around Flagstaff, Prescott, or Sedona, AZ. Visit Grand Canyon sometime in there.
September 1st-?: Stay in Southern California. Visit Yosemite sometime and DV if not too hot.
September 21-24: Ultimate Yota Pismo Jamboree
October 5-7: BrickCon LEGO convention in Seattle, WA (unsure if I will make it)
October sometime: Fly back to NC, then to the Philippines to help my sister and her family move there. (unsure of this as well)
After October: I have no clue. If I have a job lined up, great! If not, then I may settle down somewhere out West (southern CA or, more likely, northern AZ) or maybe head back to NC and settle down in the Raleigh area.
Continue reading below for the updates, and I'll try to update whenever I can bum internet off a restaurant or hotel.