It's road trip season! The days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, and whenever I catch the smell of woodsmoke in the evening, I wish I were camping.
In a few weeks, it'll be a wish no more, and it'll likely be my own campfire providing the ambience.
My apartment lease is up on May 7th and my best friend/roommate Eric is moving to California with his wonderful girlfriend, Sarah. So, this seems like the perfect time to throw off the responsibilities of the normal, working world for a while and head out on the road.
My (very) tentative plan:
Make my way by a semi-direct route to YOSEMITE! with possible stops along the way at:
The Black Canyon, Zion, Red Rocks, and/or somewhere else in between.
Once there, spend a few weeks in the crazy awesomeness of the valley, dodge the rangers and the bears, and climb some big and little rocks.
That should take 'til early June, and then it gets even more tentative, but here goes:
Needles (hopefully a good antidote to the nutty yosemite scene)
(I guess this part is highly partner dependant, hopefully I find a like-minded wanderer in the Valley)
then, when Cali is just getting to hot (early July??), probably head up north to spend some time in Squamish, eh?
Even more generally, I would like to make my way back south in August-September, maybe hitting City of Rocks, the Tetons, the Wind River range, Vedauwoo, Devil's Tower, etc...
Finally, come fall, I'd love to get back to the Front Range, and hopefully find a job and place to live.
Wow, writing it all out like that, it almost seems less crazy/more reasonable than it actually it is...