27 April 2007
On May 12th I'll leave Blighty for a 70 day trip across the vast and varied continent of North America. My itinerary has been meticulously planned and will therefore no doubt go wrong almost from the start, but in theory this is where and when I shall be travelling: May 12th - May 18th MAINE & MASSACHUSETTS Portland, Yarmouth, Bar Harbour & Boston Staying with my friend Hannah after many years of promising to visit, I'm finally doing it! May 19th & 20th NEW YORK NEW YORK Empire State, Central Park, Macy's, Statue of Liberty etc... I'm going to be a real tourist on one of those bus thingies that goes around the city May 20th - June 16th GO WEST! 28 days to cross America East to West from New York to Los Angeles. This road trip in a mini van throws together a bunch of people who will have never met - until now. Now doubt after 28 days of camping we'll all be good friends! The trip takes us to historical, natural and 'unnatural' places of interest! New York, Niagara Falls, The Great Lakes, Chicago, Milkwaukee, the Great American Prairie, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devil's Tower (as seen in Close Encounters of the Third Kind - one of my favourite movies), into the wild west and Buffalo Bill country, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Great Salt Flats, Reno, Mono Lake, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Joshua National Park, Los Angeles. www.suntrek.com Trek 411 'Go West' June 17th - June 23rd WASHINGTON - SEATTLE After a short flight up the west coast, I'll be ready for some free time by myself in this city famous for coffee, grunge, Frasier and being sleepless...... although hopefully I will have a proper bed for the first time in a month and will get lots of lovely sleep! June 24th - July 2nd MONTANA Cowgirl ranchin' "You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse" (Charles M Russell) Enough said. This has been an ambition for as long as I can remember, I may decide to stay in Montana and never leave........ www.sweetgrassranch.com July 3rd - July 10th CANADA - Calgary Visiting my newest friend from my Egypt trip - 'Edmundo el dentisto' who lives in Calgary. I'll be hoping to make use of my new cowgirl skills and join in with the annual Calgary Stampede Rodeo festivities as well as seeing all that Calgary has to offer. July 11th-July 21st CANADIAN ROCKIES A 10 day sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, white water rafting riding, relaxing, eating & drinking tour around British Columbia and Alberta. Starting in Kamloops, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Golden, Kicking Horse Valley, Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls, Banff, Mineral Hot Springs, Lake Louise, Bow River, Borgeau Lake, Icefields Parkway, Peyto Lake, Saskatchewan Glacier, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Whistler Mountain, Mount Edith Cavell, Angel Glacier, Mount Robson (highest peak in the Rockies at 3954m) cross the Camelsfoot Range, Fraser River, Vancouver and back into the USA ending in Seattle. www.footloose.com a lodging trek called 'Canadian Rockies' July 21st - HOME TO ENGLAND August in Devon and Cornwall to enjoy the beaches, surfing & barbecues. Then packing my bags again for a 6 month trip DOWN UNDER!