A couple years ago, we went on our personal benchmark setting road trip through, 9 states and 6 beautiful national parks. With well over five thousand miles covered, we were exhausted. But it was such fun!
We went on this amazing trip in part because it was likely that this would be our last chance to take such a long trip for quite some time. I’m glad we did it and though I probably should’ve spent more time on the lodging arrangements, I’m happy with how it turned out. And so at the conclusion of our great adventure, what comes next?
Planning the next one of course! As an engineer, planning is something I like to think I’m pretty good at. And when it comes to planning things with specific deadlines and specific objectives, I generally do well. However, planning a vacation is slightly less objective in determining its success and how best to do it. So, I get to be creative!
Where is my creativity taking us next? Probably a better way to say this is ‘how is my creativity getting us to where we have decided that we’d like to go?’ So, one of the things I’d like to accomplish with this post is getting your input. If you have any advice about the places we’re planning to visit, please share them in the comments or on my Facebook Page.
There are two trips currently in the queue. First, this coming summer, we’re road tripping our way to Virginia Beach, with a stop over in Washington, D.C. This will be our first vacation to a beach in just over five years. Why so long? Because, as John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” But, after several years and with a two year old, the beach will be a welcome time to relax rather than push our limits.
The second is May/June of 2017. We’re heading to Australia! We’ll only have a few weeks on this trip, but we’re hoping to have a great experience and learn a great deal in hopes of going back in the future! There will be more time for discussing this trip later. For now, my efforts are focused on DC and Virginia Beach.
We’re hoping to spend a couple days in Washington to see a few places that our daughter will enjoy and that we will as well. One place for sure is the National Zoo! I was fortunate enough to get to go to Washington 16 years ago with a school trip and got to see most of the major memorials as well as several other unique experiences in the pre-9/11 security environment. I’m curious to see just how great the changes will be on a practical level. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time for the Air and Space Museum. Perhaps we’ll have time to check out the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
We generally try to avoid national chain restaurants when we’re traveling. It’s nice to try something new with some local flavor. For the most part, this has served us well. Experiencing new things and having yet another reason to return to some of our favorite places. Any recommendations for the DC area?
For us, the big draw to Virginia Beach is that it’s a beach neither of us have been to before and there are several wildlife refuges and state parks near by! My photography is mainly focused on landscapes, but I love the opportunities to photograph wildlife! With all of the refuges near by, hopefully I’ll be able to capture some good shots to share when we return. Most importantly, we’ll get to take out little one to the beach and relax!
What was your favorite part of Virginia Beach? Where did you capture your favorite shots?