I was looking at I-70 on the map. I always just assumed it went from coast to coast, but it doesn't. If you follow it west past Denver it goes through some high country in Colorado, near the beautiful places like Vail and Aspen. It passes through White River National Forest and then curves south a bit and passes close to Grand Mesa National Forest. Shortly after that it crosses into Utah and passes very near Moab and Arches National Park, which I would absolutely love to photograph at sunrise and sunset and ride my bike on during the day. Then it passes Canyonlands National Park which just sounds pretty. Then suddenly it runs into I-15 and just ends.
Following I-15 north takes you to Salt Lake City, while taking it south will lead you through the very northwest corner of Arizona, to Las Vegas, and eventually Los Angeles.
I want to camp in Yellowstone for a week and I want to see the Grand Canyon. I want to ride Moab and photograph Mono Lake. I want to walk trails in Oregon that have tons of waterfalls and I want to walk the streets of Seattle on a misty morning. I want to take Tandra back to Dana Point and I want to take Tandra back to Nashville. I want to go back to Chicago and do all the touristy stuff I didn't get a chance to do last time. I want to take the walking tour of Boston and visit Salem and Danvers. I want to go to Maine and Rhode Island just to say I've been there. I want a whole week in NYC to visit all five boroughs, to see famous Mafia locations, to see Conan O'Brian, to get a picture of the Empire State Building, to get a picture from the Empire State Building, to eat a hot dog from a street vendor, to see Hell's Kitchen and the WTC site and Times Square. I want to go to D.C. and see all the Smithsonians. I want to drive through the Ozarks and the Appalachians and find undiscovered springs and caves. I want to see Miami's legendary nightlife. I want to drive Highway 1 over the ocean all the way out to Key West and Highway 12 through Cape Hatteras, NC. I want to visit Taos and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I want another week for New Orleans to see graveyards and Anne Rice landmarks and the French Quarter and the Garden District and Bourbon Street and to eat Crawfish Etouffee (sp?) and real gumbo. I want to see Houston and DFW and San Antonio and definitely Austin. I want to see Niagra Falls and I want to explore abandoned buildings in Detroit. And there's a place near Virginia Beach called Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge that I want to visit just out of curiosity of the name. I want to drive all the way up and down the East Coast and see all the lighthouses and eat clam chowder in Myrtle Beach and lobster in Maine. I want to experience a nonstop urban area from NYC all the way down to D.C. I want to drive all of Pacific Coast Highway, and I want to do it all in the evening. And everywhere in between I want to camp in campgrounds, eat in unique restaurants, meet LJ people, talk to random strangers, photograph unique and strange and beautiful and wonderful things, and find places for Tandra to sing her heart out. I want her with me through this whole adventure.
Yeah, I've got it pretty bad today for some reason.
poetryslam, you're not helping with your lucky travelling ass. Appreciate your opportunity. I know you do.