Some people in my family have accused me of enjoying the planning more than the doing when it comes to our travels. I politely disagree, though I do admit to relishing the planning that goes into our trips.
Hence why I'm already at work on our next multi week RV trip to the southwest this spring. Having learned my lesson from this summer's two month trip to the Pacific Northwest, I'll be paying more attention to the little details of what to do once we arrive at each destination, so I don't have a repeat of what I described in this post:
The one big lesson I learned from our Pacific Northwest trip was that I really needed to do a little more research on what to do during each leg ahead of time. I spent a lot of time researching RV parks, and the overall places we should visit, and it was time well spent. Next time I'll spend the same amount of time researching the specifics of what we should do, so I can avoid taking time during each leg to do so. Our strategy, which worked pretty well but was time consuming, was to set up our RV site, then head to the closest visitor center or ranger station to get information on what there was to do. It worked out just fine looking back, but I felt panicked at times as I tried to figure out our game plan, which I didn't particular enjoy.Similar to our Pacific Northwest trip, our goal in the southwest this spring is to visit as many National Parks as we can comfortable work our trip around. At this point, it looks like we'll be able to work five of them in, plus at least one National Monument. We'll round our trip out by including hiking in nearby state parks, museums in nearby cities, and fun, quirky attractions as we find them.
Like going on a UFO tour in Roswell, NM. And watching the bats take flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. And kayaking down the Colorado River in Bullhead City, AZ.
Using the same process I wrote about in this post on planning out a multi destination RV trip, here's what we've plotted out so far:
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park
Las Cruces, NM
Carlsbad, NM - Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Roswell UFO Tour, Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Santa Fe/Taos, NM
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Canyon De Chelly National Monument, AZ
Holbrook, AZ - Petrified Forest National Park
Bullhead City, AZ
This is the point where I start to feel giddy with anticipation. We're still about five months out, but it takes a lot of time to research where to stay, what to do, book everything, then create a detailed itinerary to bring along. Plus, as soon as this trip is nailed down, I'll need to start work on our two month summer RV trip through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
It's very possible we'll commit to a couple of years of full time RV'ing in the future, but for now, we'll continue to focus on making our out and back trips as interesting and robust as possible.