Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Places I’d Like to Go: Ideas for Road Trips

Of course. Coming off of a long road trip, I'm already thinking about the next one. I like road trips. In fact, I always do all of the driving. It's one of the best ways I know to connect with friends and family or just to take some time to reflect upon things and I highly recommend it.

There are a million places I want to see. I get funny ideas in my head about places I want to go. I'd like to go to Japan and Bhutan and India, sure, but there are a lot of things I'd like to do that are closer to home. Some road trips I want to take in the near future:

Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. My brother did this one year and it sounds amazing. Winding your way through the town's stocks and gallows and then doing the "witches tour," where you see crazy things like a door gouged with nail scratches. From the "witch" that was trapped beneath. Psychics and Tarot card readers and the rest of those folk also arrive en masse.

Savannah, Georgia. I was less than an hour away from here last week and on many other occasions, but we never seem to make it off the island to go. Primarily because we don't want to stop drinking long enough to go sightseeing. My friends went to Savannah on their honeymoon and did the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour, that actually starts, appropriately enough, at midnight. It goes through the Mercer house from the book and into the old Bonaventure cemetery, too.

Darwin, Minnesota to see the world's largest ball of twine. Silly, but I got this in my head a while ago and now I want to go. Just to say I did.

Door County, Wisconsin to see the restaurant with the goats grazing on the roof. Again, pretty dumb… But at least here I could eat some good cheese. And I don't need much of an excuse to go to Wisconsin, anyway. I will probably move there someday.

Camping in the mountains in North Carolina. There's an exit sign in the middle of nowhere way up high that advertises camping. I'd like to see what it looks like.

Pheasant hunting in South Dakota. My friend's dad does this every year. I don't want to kill any pheasants. I just want to see the route and maybe see a couple of the birds. If the timing was right I would hit Sturgis too. I have been to the area many times but never during the biker rally.

Sedona, Arizona, or Taos, New Mexico. Either one would be good. Hiking without the work. The views are so close to the beginning of the trails that they even appeal to this lazy hiker.

One of my other brothers is working on visiting all of the ballparks. I like that idea, too. They flew from California to Boston and back on the same day on one of their trips. I don't know if I could pull that off. But I do love baseball!


So where do you want to go?

Let me know and I might add your ideas to my list, too. Doesn't matter if you've been there or not… Just let me know why the road trips appeal to you.