Where in the World is The Suitcase Scholar?
Back in the day, when The Suitcase Scholar was lowly little Blog on the Run, I would post trip plans before they happened. You all would know exactly where I’d be and when, as somehow I had time to post such things. Perhaps because I was traveling yearly and not monthly?
But I thought I’d take the time to let you know what you’ll be reading about in the next few weeks. While posts about New Orleans and Washington DC, (along with travel musings in general) will continue to be posted–and while you can still read about my Disney trips over on Mouse on the Mind–I’m already off on my next adventure. When this post publishes, I’ll be on a bus bound for NYC–or, more accurately, JFK–to board a plane for San Francisco.
You’ll note in my Travel Dreams for 2012 post, I said something like ‘I’m going to San Francisco this year, damnit’. Well, I literally am going right now! See–this is why it is good to make travel dream lists.
Of course, to ‘just’ go to San Francisco would be terribly unlike me. Though I swear that’s how this trip started out–a simple 7-day trip to the city; one hotel, no car, no trains, nothing insane. It took maybe four days to balloon into what it is now–a 12-day trip to San Francisco, the Napa Valley, Yosemite…and maybe a drive down the coast to Monterey. Ok–probably a drive down the coast to Monterey. My mom actually coined a phrase to describe my travel planning style–scope seep. She says my plans start out normal (or, rather, reasonable-for-me anyway) but then expand in length and depth and breadth. As much as I hate to admit when my mother is correct about something, this might just be one of those times. Mom–you’re totally right. I have scope seep. And I fear it may be incurable.
Full–and long–as this trip is, it is also chock-full of awesome tours, events, and experiences that will of course be making an appearance here on The Suitcase Scholar–including a bucket-list item for me, the Napa Valley Wine Train. I could not be more excited. Well, I could not be more excited right now, as I type this. As you read this and I sit on a two hour bus ride or a seven hour plane ride, I’m likely a little less psyched. But whatever. California, here I come!
What would you like to see me do on my California trip? If you’ve been to any of the places I’ll be visiting (or have always wanted to visit for a specific reason) and have a suggestion for me, please feel free to add recommendations in the comments area below. I have two totally free days–imagine that–that I can fill with anything you suggest.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of wifi availability for the duration of this trip, any comment replies for the next two weeks may be typed using my fat thumbs on my iPhone. So please forgive me in advance for any typos. I’d love to hear from you, dear readers, while I’m gone–particularly because I’m traveling solo–and I will reply. Thanks for understanding!
ALSO: If you’d like to follow along with me on my trip, check out my real-time travel blog, Virtual Passenger. I’ve not used it in over a year (I’m not sure why…?) but I think I shall resurrect it on this trip. Since I’ll be solo and have the time–in theory.