In a little over two and a half weeks I will be packing up the (rental) car and hitting the road for a three-week solo road trip across the western US and Canada. Major stops will include Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Glacier National Park, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis (the full route is here). Oh, and the rental car will be a Mustang convertible, because hey – go big or go home!
I can’t begin to say how much I’m looking forward to this. I have always loved long road trips and wanted to make an extended trip like this. Due to various health issues Dan simply wasn’t able to do it, so the dream waited. Now, in part tribute, in part reset button, in part just getting out and living a little, I’m making it happen. We were supposed to do a two-week cruise earlier this spring which we had to cancel with Dan’s initial spinal surgery. This gives me both the funds and the vacation time to take this trip. Plus, Dan’s mom is sweet enough to watch the dogs for those three weeks for me. The fact that she adores them doesn’t hurt!
There’s a lot to do between now and then, though. This weekend we’re taking over a hotel near O’Hare Airport and throwing a memorial/celebration of life/wake to remember Dan and all of the good that he brought into the world. Then there’s a party some friends are throwing next week, as well as the Chicago Pride Parade. Side note about that – For the past several years, Dan organized the Siemens Corp. group’s appearance in the Chicago Pride Parade. This year, one of his co-workers contacted me and asked if I would march with them again, in Dan’s memory. Damn, that’s so sweet.
On June 29 I pick up the rental car, and early on June 30 I hit the road! I will be taking lots of pictures and probably posting like mad to Twitter (@duncandahusky), and posting day-by-day wrap-ups to my blog as well. I have archives of my years and years on LiveJournal (all archived as part of my person blog); I’ve realized that I really like being able to go back and read about past vacations and experiences.
This is gonna be great!