We’d like to be back in the first week of August. We have 28 days to get to the Oregon Country Fair near Eugene, and we’ll probably spend about a week in that area, so we’ll plan for 15 days to get back.
The following list is how we’ve pencilled in our itinerary. For each day in sequence, we list the place we hope to sleep at the end of the day, with highlights of the day listed in parentheses. Days that are blank represent a “slack” day or an extra day enjoying a particular place.
With four weeks to get to Country Fair:
01 NE Nebraska
02 SW Nebraska (North Platte? Ogalla?)
07 Rocky Mountain National Park
11 SE Utah (4 Corners)
12 Grand Canyon
14 San Diego County mountains
16 North San Diego County (day in San Diego)
17 day in Los Angeles (Venice, Santa Monica, Hollywood)
18 Los Padres National Forest (Topanga, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista)
19 Big Sur
20 Santa Cruz
21 San Francisco
23 Marin/Sonoma Counties
24 Humboldt County
25 Mount Shasta
26 Crater Lake National Park
27 Coos Bay
28 Oregon Country Fair
With 15 days to get home:
02 Olympic National Park
07 Northern Washington
08 Glacier National Park
11 Yellowstone National Park
13 Cody, Wyo.
14 Devil’s Tower National Monument
15 Badlands National Park
Of course, we can plan the plan, but we can’t plan the outcome. On the other hand, we’ll have a much better outcome if we have a plan.