Remember this post? You know, the one where I planned out our route from LA to Burning Man? Right, that one. How much of it did we follow? Well, we did spend some time in San Bernardino National Forest… but by way of a totally separate route. Otherwise – we pretty much followed none of it. And it was awesome.
That’s what’s running through my mind now as I hesitantly and prematurely plan our cold weather escape route from Reno. We’ll probably end up staying here until we decide that it’s time for someplace warmer, which looks like it’ll happen at the end of October. (Or maybe we’ll decide to stick out the winter. Who knows?)
I started mapping out a route toward warm San Diego with a possible stop at Slab City, heading down 395 and cutting through Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve, and Los Angeles.
My first reaction: “Hey! What a nice route!”
My second: “Wait a minute. Who says we’ll even decide on San Diego as our warm weather location? It was only 20 minutes ago that I was looking at southern Texas. And even if we do decide on San Diego – why should I think that this time we’ll actually follow a predetermined route?”
Status quo: I’ve emailed myself the route / map, but have it more as an emergency cold weather evacuation plan than as an itinerary.
What do you prefer to do when you travel?
- Plan a route and follow it?
- Plan a route and don’t follow it?
- Hit some important places and let the ‘in between’ figure itself out?
- Wing it?
- Something else?
posted by jay