Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Upcoming Month-Long Trip

Our long-anticipated trip to Utah is drawing near. It has been 5 years since we have been out west. Our itinerary includes: Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument, Salt Lake City (Family History Center), Heber City (a visit with friends), Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NP, Escalante/Grand Staircase NP, Capital Reef NP, Bryce Canyon and Mesa Verde with a stop in Dodge City, KS on the way home. The schedule is very ambitious.

Here is a photo taken in 2004 on our last trip to Utah. Pictured is our Flair and Suzuki toad with the "big" rigs.

I purged the laptop of unnecessary files to make room for the many photos we plan to take. Photos and important docs went on to our external HD but many programs that I no longer use were uninstalled and all temporary files and Recycle Bin were cleaned up. I managed to free up 7 gb of storage space for a total of 11 gb.

Tom has been plotting our route using MS Streets & Trips, Trailer Life Camping Directory, Mountain Directory West: for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome Drivers: Locations and Descriptions of over 400 Mountain Passes and Steep Grades in Eleven Westerns States, other books in our travel library as well and online travel logs and blogs.

Lists, lists and more lists. Food, clothing, supplies and accessories for the dogs, cameras, laptop . . . Good thing we purged some stuff.

The kitchen table is one of our "staging" areas for gathering our various electronics, reading material, games, file box with maps, guidebooks and our receipt file. It is quite cluttered.

Arrangements have been made with our son, Joe, and girlfriend, Heather, to watch the house, mow the lawn, take care of the plants and the bird. Joe, friends and neighbors have been told to please pick tomatos, peppers and zucchini from our garden.

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