We started exploring honeymoon options a few months after we got engaged and had a ferocious list going within days. Greece, Costa Rica, Africa, South America (that's right, the whole continent). SO MANY PLACES TO GO. And the best part was, we knew we'd have that precious little thing called time, so we wanted to stretch it out as long as possible. And then began the budgeting. Even using Brian's parents' timeshare partnership, we were still looking at spending several thousand dollars for 7-10 days. Something about that was just ...
You can see where this is going. The good old U.S. of A. started looking a whole lot more appealing to our wallets, calendars, and general wild west sensibilities. So we set the wedding for May, set the move to Chicago for August, and left a big chunk of time in the middle for a great American road trip.
The trip has taken many forms over the past six months or so, but we've finally settled on a loose route covering the West side of the states. Obviously we'd love to do the whole country but we're pretty sure that all six weeks are going to get whittled away by the southwest and pacific northwest, so why fight it?
Our plan is to hit a few major spots and allow ourselves time to dawdle and explore the places in between. We'll target National Parks and sleep in our sweet camper van (which we'll post about separately). Musts include the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Oregon, and Yellowstone. Possibilities include anything else that we discover along the way, and we're hoping you guys will help us by leaving some suggestions on the blog as we make our way near something you know about! We've got books, games, a Garmin GPS, an iPod, a DVD player, and hiking gear out the wazoo (putting all those wedding gifts to use!). We'll keep you posted every couple of days as possible and can't wait to hear feedback!