Here's the schedule. We're starting bright and early Wednesday morning (this means 9 or 10) and driving up through Canada. We'll stop at a Dundas Conservation Area for some Canadian hiking and then drive down to Buffalo for a couple days with my grandparents and various aunts and uncles. Then drive a little further to Jamestown, New York for a couple days with my parents and friends.
Down through Pennsylvania with a quick stop overnight at a cheap little motel and then into Maryland and Virginia (stopping for a few hours to hike in Shenendoah National Park) to visit a high school teacher and his wife whom I haven't seen in ten years. I'm pretty excited about that visit.
South Carolina looks just warm enough this time of year for a two-day stop. (Not to mention, perfect to hike at Mount Rogers National Park.) I am always surprised at how easily it is to lose track of friends who you thought you would be close to and know forever, which is why this trip seems so meaningful to me. A chance to spend some seriously good time with friends I haven't had a chance to spend any time with in years.
OK. After SC we're driving straight through to Bradenton, Florida (maybe with a stop in Orlando to meet fellow blogger Jen?!) to visit hubby's Grandma for a night and then on down to Fort Myers for a few days with my favorite sister-in-law and her hubby!! Days at the beach, shopping and generally just vacationing. Ahhh.
Back up through Florida (stopping again at Grandma's for lunch) continuing to Atlanta and visiting my fabulous aunt (I'm so ready for a haircut, too! She always does the BEST!) and cousin. I'm been tempted with the possibility of stopping at IKEA. Our car is going to be so full. Good thing it's a wagon...
The very last stop is for two nights in Gatlinburg, TN. We've rented a cabin in the woods (complete with full kitchen, pool table, jacuzzi & hot tub!) and will be relaxing all by ourselves as well as doing some serious hiking in the Smokey Mountains.
And that is our trip. The only unfortunate part is that we have to go to work the very next day we get back, so hopefully that last bit is very very very relaxing!