Last year MIA in May was declared, it was almost 3 weeks of driving back from New Mexico through Northern Arizona, hitting the places I’d never been to. My route from Las Cruces was Santa Fe, Farmington (don’t recommend), Four Corners, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Mammoth, then home. We had an engagement party where we had to shuffle (adult) kids and dogs around. I drove my truck to Las Cruces, then flew back to watch the other dog. When I went back to Las Cruces to pick up my truck I planned to be gone the whole month.
This year is MIA in March to be timed around the birth of my friends first baby. I’m on-call as self declared adoptive grandma. My friend is going it alone, she’s an only child and both of her parents have passed. She’s been talking about it for years, she’s now in her late 30’s. Having had 2 C-sections, I know I couldn’t change a diaper for over a week. I left all of March open for her, including the timing of my trip.
It’s a pretty quick flight to Seattle, that shouldn’t be a problem. Another friend lives on Lopez Island and sent a pic of herself on the ferry with her car going over. I thought, “I’m driving!” That way I can take my time going up and see Eugene and Portland, places I’ve never been. If I time it right, I’d actually be close by when the baby is born and won’t have to book a quick flight or an ungodly drive during the day.
My May trip I paced myself about 6 hour driving days staying around 2 nights at each place (except Farmington, that was just a stop to see Four Corners). The only thing with that pace is that the first night would be recovering from the drive, one full day to see everything, then pack up for the next drive. 3 nights would have been better at a few places just to get myself together a little. 2 of those nights in Monument Valley were in the back of my truck, with a few naps in the truck bed too. My next destination should have been the 3 nighter, just to get the red dirt out of my teeth.
I’m spending at least a week helping with the baby in Seattle before I head out to Lopez Island to see my other friend. There’s a train in Vancouver, Rocky Mountain, that are week long trips. What I might do is go for that too? Despite my way to frigg’in long train trip a few weeks ago, I still love trains. The problem is, I can’t plan it or make reservations – everything’s going to have to be on the fly.
I’ll admit, I can be cheap with hotels getting the best offer not thinking about safety or the sleep I’m not going to get thinking about my safety. My poor choice of Farmington led me to call my husband to arrange my stay at Lake Powell. As I scroll through Priceline, that’s something I’m going to have to remember.
Just so any of you decide to do my May route, the choice should have been Durango. I linked all my blogs to the locations from that trip.
This will be quite a trip, not even sure how long I’ll be gone? I have my new camera ready, I’ll bring the drone too. There won’t be any truck sleeping (except naps), it’ll be too cold. Getting my body ready for the trip, fighting an ear infection and still the bruised tailbone. Gives me something to look forward to and a reason to get better ASAP!! It’s been raining here, caught one great pic on my iPhone from a parking garage of the snow on Mt. Diablo yesterday. Lots of pics if you press the links from my May trip. For not getting a lot of hits on my blog, I’ve sure been writing away when I start adding the links.