Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Planning on time away.

   Where to go, what to see.  It’s that time of year again, when we start thinking about taking a little time-off to do a little traveling and see some new sites.  Then again, even seeing some older sites would be welcomed as well.  You may wonder way we choose this time of year, when others make plans at the beginning or middle of the year?  Perhaps it a bit of an age thing on our part.

   No longer having to worry about the hustle and bustle of getting kids ready to head back to school is one reason.  No longer do we have to head out into the stores to find the latest in school supplies.  Of course, today it is a bit more complicated than just getting a box of No.2 pencils, half a dozen spiral note-books, a back-pack and perhaps a few other odds and ends.  Today a parent also has to think about perhaps needing to find the money for a laptop, software, printer, paper, spare ink cartridges and some high speed Internet to make it all work.

   Being empty nesters, we can now focus on where to go after school has started and the weather is still nice.  As we love to venture into national parks, Fall is a great time for those of us, who’s kids are now grown.  With school back into full swing, what we find are no traffic jams, no long lines, and some of our greatest park systems fully accessible.  Would you believe we don’t normaly even need to make reservations ahead of time.  Just pack up and go, what could be better than that?

   So, having a time picked out for sometime in September, all we really need to decide on is where to go.  A couple years ago, we decided on heading out to Estes Park Colorado and ended up in the Grand Canyon!  Another year it was Yellowstone.  Another, it was Arches National park.  So far the only place we have repeaatedly ended up at, on our impromptu get-a-ways, is Estes Park. 

    Though last year we did do a little planning in heading out to Washington.  There we gathered with another pair of family members to do some site seeing in the Olympic National park area.  We did have to purchase plane tickets and a car rental ahead of time on that one.  Additionally getting one nights stay at a hotel near the ocean was left to our traveling family partners, who just happen to live in the region.  The rest of the trip was prodominately impromptu, in that booking a place to stay was at most, a day in advance, or on the day of.  Again, the power of children back in school, really does open up availability.

   So, where to head off to this year?  Right now I am thinking West!

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August 16, 2009 - Posted by | Time-off, travel | , ,

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