During our lives, we’ve managed to develop some great friendships. And while we’ve wanted to get together with these friends over the years, life often gets in the way.
But this is the year. On February 26th, we set off on what we call Operation Ambrose—a four-and-a-half-month trip across the USA. We plan to see people, do some volunteer work, and visit new and unusual places. Laurie wants to swim with the manatees. I’d like to backpack at least a short segment of the Appalachian Trail.
Unlike last year where we traveled primarily on foot, this trip will be behind the wheel of our own car. We plan to stay in hotels, Airbnb, with friends and family, and on occasion, our tent. Our rule of thumb for this adventure is people before places and new places before old places
For information about the unusual a friend turned us onto the website Atlas Obscura. I’ve already found information on a German U Boat located in—Chicago. I can’t wait to see it.
We’re going to travel through 38 of the lower 48 states using GPS, helpful apps, and the stack of books we got from AAA.
And hopefully friends and readers will clue us into their favorite places. We already have some great ideas passed on to us.
Our Rough Schedule
The West – February 26 – March 27
Head south to California on the Pacific Coast via Highway 101—seeking the sun. It’s been a cold and dreary winter in the Pacific Northwest. At Los Angeles, we’ll work our way across to Texas.
The South: March 28 – May 5
In Louisiana, we’ve already registered with the Baton Rouge and New Orleans Habitat for Humanity organizations. Then to Biloxi, Mississippi where I went to Air Force Tech School and on to Florida where we’ll swim and kayak with the manatees. In the Everglades maybe kayak and camp. Although Laurie’s a bit unsure about camping in alligator and snake country. Then work our way up the Atlantic coast to Washington D.C.
The Northeast-Midwest: May 6 – June 12
From DC, we head up through Pennsylvania, then to New Jersey where we lived for three years. On to Massachusetts and then to Maine, where Laurie craves eating a fresh caught lobster. We cross over into upstate New York with a stop at some famous falls. We may cross over into Toronto to visit some of our Canadian friends from our travels. Down to Kentucky and then east to Nebraska. Laurie will get to meet a cousin and her family—people we’ve never seen face to face.
Route 66: June 12 – July 5
After a few days in Chicago, where we’ll visit the previously mentioned unlucky U-Boat, we set out on Route 66—the Mother Road. During this segment, we’ll be doing a side trip to Colorado to see friends up in the Colorado Springs and Denver area. This takes us all the way back to the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica.
Return: July 6 – Mid July
Back to the Seattle area where we plan to enjoy the summer and do some kayaking and backpack around Mount Rainier.
How about your ideas? If you have favorite places that we should see in the US, please use the comments section to share them. Maybe we’ll see you on our journey.
Operation Ambrose: Named for Stephen Ambrose, the great American Historian.