Saturday, April 22, 2006

The PLAN...

Ah! Yes, there has got to be a plan!!! I am sure many of you reading this, (you know who you are), can identify yourselves with the planner inside of you! I am no different, what can I say, I love to plan.
Planning a trip, for me, is half the fun; it inspires me, motivates me, and gets me walking on the double. I have to admit, I might be slightly addicted to it…but there is nothing wrong with that, do whatever it takes to get your creative juices flowing. And once you have the plan…go bonkers with it!!!!
I know, I know what some of you are thinking, where is the spontaneity in that? Well…hopefully reading future travel journals posted here, will give you a slight insight into what I meant by going bonkers with the plan!
Back onto the subject, what is the plan…well, coming up with the decision to incorporate travel into our lives, was one thing…thinking of the first place to visit as part of it, was something else altogether.
It is only then that you realize, not how big and vast the world really is (I think we all have come to know that) but…how much vacation your employer can REALLY approve with or without pay!!
You have guessed right, we don’t belong to the so-called ‘baby-boomer’ generation…not at all, in fact we are the ones paying for them to go on several such trips...without them having to ask the 'employer', 'vacation' or the 'pay' question(s)!!!
To cut a long story short, where to travel, ended up becoming a far greater discussion than whether to.
So we pulled out the WORLD ATLAS… (just kidding)!! Being, that we live in the United States, and perpetually short on vacation, we narrowed our choices down to three:
1. National Parks in Canyon Land (Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon)
2. Rocky Mountains in Canada
3. Machu Picchu and the Andes in South America
Short of drawing straws or pulling a number out of the hat, a cozy warm booth at the California Pizza Kitchen became witness to our triumphant moment, when we both decided on choice no. 2 – the Canadian Rockies.
The emotion that day– that of a 4 year old when she was told, she could have a double scoop chocolate-vanilla ice-cream…a very special memory.

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