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Planning Two More Trips This Year(2017)

With our next trip fully planned, a 14 day driving jaunt of 4000 miles that covers thirteen states, I have been planning two more trips.  One a 9-day cross country visit to the Washington D.C. area and a four day 100th birthday party trip for my Dad in Minnesota. 

Washington D.C. Trip

Image result for photo washington mallWe decided to stay in the United States this year as the flights to Europe are such a pain.  If I could afford first class air fare, things wouldn’t be so painful but, the cost for this addition doubles the price of the trip.  What a pain. 

So instead, we decided to head to the center of our Federal Government, Washington D.C..  This will be our third trip there but we feel we have barely scratched the surface of the things to see. 

This trip will be very different from prior trips.  We will not have a car.  We will be using Uber, We rented a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants and the train system that will take us directly into Washington, D.C. within in 20 minutes.  The cost of of our apartment is 1/2 or less than a hotel in D.C., we will be saving a chunk of $$$$ on food with our own kitchen and no rental car or parking costs.  This is how we do it on our trips to Europe so we figured we might as well see how it works here the United States.

100th Birthday Party(Minnesota)

20170429_121009We will be making our third trip this year to Minnesota, this time for Dad’s 100th birthday.  Four days with our daughter, we traveled there with our son earlier this year,

The cost for airfare to Minnesota is more than to Washington D.C.. Plus, renting a car is key as we must drive 100+ miles to the small farm town where Dad lives. 

We are all looking forward to this trip as we are expected see a good part of the community who are always supportive to family and friends. 

More later. 

 

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Planning…Trip 4 of the Year 2017…Driving to Minnesota

I have often said, “Planning for a trip is at least as fun as taking the trip itself.”  That is what I have been doing the last few days for our two week driving trip to Minnesota.

2017 is the 100 year celebration for our family.  Dad will be 100 years old in November and he is really excited.  He was hoping he could celebrate it with Mom but she passed on  three years ago and will be celebrating in spirit with him and the family.

I am planning to visit Dad four times this year year if all goes well and the trip I am planning is a 14 day round trip from California to Minnesota.  Just got back two weeks ago from a four day turn around fly in visit to Dad with my son Jeff.  It was a great trip and even “enjoyed” the snow in May.  Dang that global warming.

Now about the planning for this trip.  Read an article about traveling in this year.  They recommended Europe as a good place as the dollar buys much more there than in the past.  Part of that reason is the ISIS terrorists are expected to be hitting Europe this year hard especially in tourist hotspots.  Americans will be staying home for vacation.

My planning, especially in hotels/motels, sure are showing that is true.  Our last driving trip cross country, October 2015, down highway 10 to New Orleans, had the cost of hotel rooms around $90 including tax per night for 2-3 star rooms.  This trip?  $120 per night.  At least a 25% increase.  I expect a 35% increase in the cost of food on the road as well.  The only thing that is less expensive will be gas.  Once you leave California, gas will be less than it was two years ago.  Plus, my gas powered Honda CRV gets and average of 35 MPG.

Getting my CRV oil changed and tires rotated next week.  Getting excited about this trip.

 

Minnesota 2013, Day 13, Wednesday

On the way home.  We left Perham, MN at 615 a.m. and arrived in Grand Island, Neb. at 2013-08-07 09.26.47545 p.m..  545 miles about 300 on back roads.  Great weather and great trip. 

We stopped for breakfast in a town called Sisseton, ND and at at Billey’s Café.  All locals and nearly all retired, good food.

2013-08-07 13.00.14Back roads continued and then we stopped for sandwiches we made in a park in Irene, North Dakota. Libby’s sister will laugh.  360 people.

The temperature went up to 87 on the trip…much warmer than northern Minnesota. 

Arrived in Grand Island and ordered a pizza and hit the shower.  Now watching the Dodgers who lead St. Louis by 6 runs.  Great day.

 

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Minnesota Driving 2011, Day 17

Home at Last!

Made it home at 1200.  Good to be here.  Great trip of 4660 miles.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in California, Driving, North Dakota

 

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Minnesota Driving 2011, Day 3

Sunrise MontanaIt was a long 561 miles but all on the interstate with little or no traffic. Bozeman, Montana to Bismarck, North Dakota.  Left the hotel(sunrise photo) at 0650 for a stop at Montana State University,(football stadium repair photo) and then arrived at Bismarck, North Dakota at 1940…oh yes 024lost a hour to Central Standard time. 

We left the mountains of Montana and drove into the high plains/prairie of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. 

It was a long but memorable day.  I can just see the plains covered with buffalo.

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Driving, Montana, North Dakota

 

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