April 09, 2004

Preliminary Itinerary #2

Due to recent events our plans are changing. Since our beloved mutt passed away, we are now in no hurry to get to California, in fact we don’t NEED to go to Cali at all.
So here’s the new plan, for now:

We will be departing Colorado on June 28th, (congratulations to Lauren and Dusty, and Mead and Lee Ann- and no we don't really hold any ill will against you for planning weddings which delay our departure date :)

First Leg, July: Jackson, WY and Yellowstone National Park for about a week, so far we have only made 2 reservations for the whole year.

Then it’s on to Idaho and Montana for about a week.

From there we’ll cross B.C. with a stop in Nelson to scout out our winter accommodations and ski resort options. We have about a week to explore between Nelson and Vancouver. At the end of July we will be cheating for a few days. For Dan’s birthday I got him 3 days at a B&B in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Really we won’t have enough time there to make ferrying the camper across worth it, and this way we can take a real bath and sleep in a feather bed, just as camper fever is about to set in. This is reservation #2.

Second Leg, August:
Washington and Oregon for 2-3 weeks. Then through Lake Tahoe on our way to Arizona.

(From here on the plan's the same.)

Third Leg, August 20th- September 8th-ish: 18-21day rafting the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, that's right turn green with envy, we are part of a private river trip through the ditch! Thanks Bjorn for actually applying for a permit, we would have done it if we'd had the $100 permit fee ten years ago, we swear!

Fourth Leg, Late September- Christmas:
Mexico. We will be starting out in Baja for a few months of surfing. Then ferrying across to the mainland, where we hope to meet up with Rachel's folks for Thanksgiving, North of Puerto Vallarta. From there we'll be heading north arriving in Austin, TX in time to spend X-mas with Dan's family.

Fifth Leg, New Years -05 Till the Thaw: British Columbia, Canada. We intend to ski/ snowboard as much as we possibly can :)

Sixth Leg, Thaw- Till the Money Runs Out: East, across Canada and down the coast of the U.S.

When the Money Runs Out: haven't quite gotten this far.....