Our epic Christmas Road Trip began in Arizona, starting from our cousins’ home in Rimrock, AZ (near Sedona). What is it about the desert? I just love it! Especially during the winter, with the crisp air. One of our first stops was Petrified Forest National Park. This is where it all begins, where we learned about the National Park Passport Program. We bought a book. We stamped the book. History was made. Let the National Park marathon begin!
After finishing chemo and radiation treatment, I was about 2 trips deep into my bucket-list-checking travel mania and Christmas was approaching. An excellent opportunity for a nice long Christmasy roadtrip! But, it’s winter and I don’t have snow-driving experience. Where can we go? Stick to the Southern states was my solution. Hello Texas! I picked Texas mainly because I wanted to see San Antonio’s river walk lit up for Christmas. So the plan was to start in Arizona and head towards Texas. As I was planning the stops and assessing the attractions available to us on our path, I discovered a true holiday treasure – Santa Fe.
Who knew the desert was so colorful. This barren wasteland, sprinkled with bursts of color and nothing else around to distract from it. Between the red rocks, pink canyons, painted car art, Vegas Strip, Christmas lights, rainbow sliders, rainbow lattes and good ol’ painted sunrise skies… it looks like Lisa Frank threw up on my Facebook wall. I couldn’t be more pleased.
“Dancing bears, painted wings. Things I almost remember. And a song, someone sings. Once upon a December…”
I thought I’d share with you my latest obsession: themed trippin! If you know me, you know I love a good theme. Especially if it involves a movie. My second favorite thing next to traveling!
Continue reading “Once Upon a December – How to Have an Anastasia Broadway Day in NYC!”
This was the trip that launched a thousand trips. July 14th 2015 – five days after finishing chemo, against my Dr’s wishes, we hit the road! The real point of this trip was to see Vancouver, but why not take a 21 hour drive to get there. And why not squeeze in Yellowstone while I’m at it.
I have done a large part of this trip before when I was in high school. It was calling to me again. There is nothing like the Pacific Northwest! This time I wanted to do all I had seen and more, with a glass of wine in hand this time around. Continue reading “The Trip That Launched 1000 Trips”
Took me a minute, but here I am. My first blog!
I love taking epic trips. I love planning epic trips. I love sharing epic trips. I particularly love U.S. travel, especially National Parks! I have a life goal of visiting all U.S. states and all 418 National Park sites. I even have a nifty passport book I get stamped at each site. I always loved travel, but I never thought I had the time or money to do it.
Then I got breast cancer. Continue reading “It’s About Time”