Whelp, we are now exactly one month away from that time of year again where I travel to exotic locales in order to find myself*.
Five years ago I embarked on my first Walkabout. In this inaugural Walkabout I drove from Dallas to Seattle and back; stopping off at as many National Parks as I could. Why it seems like just yesterday in which I battled the elements while lost in Sequoia National Park and battled the horrible food of the Village Inn.
For Walkabout 2012: Yet Another Return to Seattle, This Time It’s Personal, I will again be traveling by automobile again to Seattle, but taking a much different route. The currently planned schedule is the following:
|Friday Sep 14||Amarillo|
|Saturday Sep 15||Grand Junction CO|
|Sunday Sep 16||Arches NP|
|Monday Sep 17||Salt Lake City|
|Tuesday Sep 18||Boise|
|Wednesday Sep 19||Bend OR|
|Thursday Sep 20||McMinnville OR|
|Friday Sep 21||Portland|
|Saturday Sep 22||Seattle|
|Sunday Sep 23||Seattle|
|Monday Sep 24||Spokane|
|Tuesday Sep 25||Glacier NP|
|Wednesday Sep 26||Glacier NP|
|Thursday Sep 27||Bozeman|
|Friday Sep 28||Yellowstone NP|
|Saturday Sep 29||Yellowstone NP|
|Sunday Sep 30||Jackson|
|Monday Oct 01||Casper|
|Tuesday Oct 02||Mount Rushmore|
|Wednesday Oct 03||Colorado Springs|
|Thursday Oct 04||Amarillo|
|Friday Oct 05||Dallas|
So I know what you must be thinking. “Those are some kick-ass places to visit. I sure wish I could join Steve and bask in not only his beauty but also that of our American wilderness.”
Well, you can. If there is a portion of this trip that intrigues you and you just gotta see** then leave a comment or email me or call me or text me or message me on Twitter or leave a note on my car and let me know.
And if you don’t want to join me, but know of a “oh shit man, you need to check this place out” spot on my route, please also let me know of that as well.
* By “find myself”, I mean stuff delicious foods and beverages into my delicious foods and beverages hole.
** Seriously, who doesn’t want to see Amarillo?
Stop by Ellsworth AFB on the western edge of SD and you can visit the birthplace of the Jester.
I will definitely do that and photoshop their sign so that it says Birthplace of The Jester/Marquis Designate.
Hit the beartooth wilderness near yellowstone — great hiking, free camping.Also, watch North by Northwest before going to rushmore!Soooooo jealous!
After Rushmore you could go to the Badlands National Park in SD. Its not far and its worth seeing that bizarre landscape. Since you'll be that far East you can return through the great plains states instead of the same old Denver, Colorado Springs Amarillo route that you've done before and will again. Sure they're flat but when you go all the way North to South from the desolation of Wyoming and SD to the cattle range lands to the sand hills to the bread basket farmlands you appreciate the diversity of their flatness and what a huge empty country this is.