Serendipity and Itineraries

27 09 2010

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




3 responses

27 09 2010
Cherie @Technomadia

We generally have some targets – ranging from events we’re booked at, people who have invited us to stop in or places we really want to see. Then we let serendipity plan the rest for us.

And then.. sometimes, even the targets get overridden 🙂

27 09 2010
barbara j. levy

i usually like to plan ahead because you need reservations. Now , that would not be your problem since you take your room/hotel/home with you. I would say do not go into mexico no matter who nice it sounds. Police are corrupt and some of the violence is falling into southern arizona and new mexico.

So, i would say follow your own path. When you and amy decide you have had enough of a place it is time to move on. If you are having a ball then stay and have fun!! Maybe flip a coin?


27 09 2010

Our thoughts exactly. It’s been really nice having a home base in Reno, although I’m sure that at some point I’ll be itching to get back on the road. And when that time comes, it’s just a matter of pressing the gas pedal. (Gently! There’s a steeply graded dip on the way out of our driveway!)

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