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USA trip map (tentative - feedback plz?)

USA TRIP - tentative route plan USA TRIP - tentative route plan
Blue denotes travel by road, red is travel by air. Click for bigness! What do you all think? Am I missing something vital? Is there a better / more practical way to do it?

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singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a great trip!

I can't quite get enough resolution to read all the destinations, but you might run into trouble driving north from Nevada that time of year--Dec and Jan are our snowiest months. I'd also check out the Amtrak routes and have those as a contingency plan.

Also, price out renting a car for that long a trip; many car rental companies charge for mileage, and it can add up fast.
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, OK, I got the resolution now...yes, beautiful and scenic, but potentially very snowy up from New Mexico!
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Winter advice

Also, check that Glacier is open to visitors during the winter.

For the New Mexico to Yellowstone leg: Bring lots clothes you can layer...maybe plan to buy serious cold-weather and waterproof clothes here at one of our outdoors-sporting stores. You're going to be going through some very, very cold country...temps below zero at night, and high winds and wet snow in the mountains. Silk or, um, wossname, some other space-age-fabric underwear...fleece is great...100% wool is also uniquely warm and weather-impervious and my choice for really cold weather. (Forgive me if this is all, "Duh" to you; I don't remember if you said you have any experience with really cold weather.) The idea is to trap air between layers so that the air can warm up and keep you warm. The layers are also good because the temperature can change radically over elevation and time of day and you want to be able to add or subtract clothing. I was in Glacier in August; it was 90 degrees down at the trailhead and below freezing up on the glacier! Hats and gloves are essential, and a scarf to warm the air you're breathing. And waterproof boots. We have these little "hand and foot warmers" that you can get at Costco, if someone will take you, or sporting goods stores; they are good to have in your bag. They are little packets of iron filings and other stuff that reacts to air and warms up.

Make sure you have blankets, water, some food, rain ponchos or raincoats, and warm clothes in your car in case you get stuck. Also a shovel, ice scraper, and lock de-icer. You will almost certainly need tire chains to drive through the mountains that time of year.

You're probably aware of this, but it can be very, very cold at night in the desert, so have warm-weather clothes to layer for Las Vegas and New Mexico too.
From: skippymoosh Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
aw, dude. I wish that was my trip. haha.

You are definitely sticking to the prettier parts of Wyoming.
ranshire From: ranshire Date: January 23rd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Seattle! You're missing the wonderful wonders that call Seattle home!

Oh well, there's only so many places you can go I suppose. You've got plenty of other fine places to visit! ...I guess. ;-)
jeriendhal From: jeriendhal Date: January 23rd, 2009 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, you'll be missing South Dakota, which has Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain but I'll admit there isn't that much else to see, unless you're really into desert badlands.


Sorry, forgot where you lived for a moment. ;p
stardustshine From: stardustshine Date: January 23rd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recommend making some backup plans just in case, largely because you are planning to fly out of a very northern city in a very wintery time of year and you may face flight delays or cancellations due to ice/snow/high winds/heaven knows what else.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: January 23rd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually the best caves are Mammoth Caves in Kentucky but Carlsbad Caverns are probably deeper.

Also VEGAS ios where you shoot the Machine Guns, it's still difficult to do in Los Angeles, though I can get you standard range time.

alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: January 23rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heads up on the machine gun front - Obama's trying to ban military-style weapony, as there's really no need for it to "protect home and property" and that. Most of them just end up in the hands of the Columbian Cartel and others in South America. So, depending on how things go, you may or may not get the chance at that. I've seen a few places around though, so if they're still there next year and you're interested, we'll definitely stop by.
mistahbojangles From: mistahbojangles Date: January 23rd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like an excellent journey and one which I would love to do myself if I had the time. The advice I would give is to consider how much time you'll want to spend driving for each leg of the trip as there are lots of unexpected things along the way that will catch your attention and command a stop for photos, eating, waterslides, traffic jams from construction and accidents, and the potential for poor weather.

On the subject of waterslides, if you can spare the time I'd definitely recommend stopping by Slide Rock in Arizona since it's sort of between the Grand Canyon and Phoenix. That's a kind of a fun that's really memorable.


Be sure to keep Tracy and I in mind when you plan for your visit in Washington DC. We live about two hours south and will make the drive up with Samantha to see you while you're visiting.
darknetghost From: darknetghost Date: January 26th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You're not passing through Chicago so hate to break it to you but the whole trip is a waste. =/

But in all seriousness, you should consider the windy city if you have room for it.
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: January 26th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
great lookin itinerary! I may haveta follow this very route some day too :D
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