Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Big Trip

Half the fun of a vacation is in the planning and anticipation. That's why, by mid-February, I have already signed up for all four weeks of vacation for the year. And I have big plans.

In March, Teri and I plan to go to the Oregon Coast for our annual beach getaway. Sure, with all the excitement over wedding planning, we missed a year. But I don't intend to let that happen again. We both love the ocean, and Oregon has perhaps the best and most accessible coastline in the nation. Around every corner is another treasure waiting to be discovered.

In July, I'm planning to go on a bicycling adventure with friend Bill where we will circle the rim of Crater Lake, the deepest lake in North America at almost 2,000 feet deep and one that fills an old volcanic caldera where the volcano blew its top hundreds of years ago. The rim road is about 40 miles and has lots of ups and downs but averages about 8,000 feet above sea level. Crater Lake is Oregon's only national park, and a real gem.

In September, Teri and I are planning a second honeymoon trip to Canada. This time we'll probably focus on eastern British Columbia, a mountain paradise. We're hoping to also make a Canada trip an annual affair. Teri once lived and worked in Canada, and we both love getting away to see this gorgeous part of the world.

And in late October we'll be going on our fifth annual River Walk. We did the Pendleton river walk on our first date, and since have done river walks in Bend, the Tri-Cities and Boise. This year we plan to give Spokane, where Teri went to college, the honors.

In the meantime, we get to anticipate all these trips — and the joys of new discovery.

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