In lieu of the planned trip, we had to settle for talking about planning another trip.
|Half Dome, Yosemite NP|
The four of us (Leo, Ted, brother Dave and myself) gathered at Ted's place in Philly Saturday evening, had a very nice dinner of grilled rib-eye steaks and the accoutrements, and pondered the question "what should we do for our 2016 trip?"
Basic parameters fell into place fairly quickly. Nobody had any major family-related travel plans for next year, so the option of a big trip, with flying as opposed to driving, was in play. Driving trips are generally for those years when people have a 5-day weekend or so to spare, and the timing (and expense) prohibits flying (not enough bang for your buck, too much transit time, etc). Driving trips span the realistically viable range from the Great Smoky Mountains in the south to upstate New York or southern New England in the north.
Flying trips, on the other hand, basically open anything in the entire continental US as possible destinations, especially the West. Like the Dakotas trip of 2011, this could mean 8-9 days, airplanes, big rental minivan, hotels at the ends of the trip and possibly motels in the middle if driving from place to place. A big trip. Still surprisingly reasonable when split between four people, but a big trip nonetheless.
Seems like 2016 is headed toward Big Trip.
The basics of a possible plan, formulated off the cuff over steaks and wine could be as follows:
- Fly to San Francisco.
- Go to Yosemite National Park (Sierra Nevadas).
- Go to Lassen Volcanic National Park (southern Cascades).
- Perhaps swing by Mount Shasta.
- Head back to San Francisco.
- Fly home.
Things are far from settled, and we are nearly a year from the roughly proposed September trip, but it sure looks good on paper. More to come...