Ricardo and I are heading out on five-week long trip to the West Coast this summer. We’ll leave DC in late August and travel throughout September. Along the way, we’ll be stopping at several national parks to hike some iconic places. We’ll also stop in Portland and San Francisco to treat ourselves to nice hotels, short rest and relaxation and hopefully catching up with some friends!

This is the first in a series of posts that I’ll do before we head out on the road. This series will focus on what I’m doing to get ready for the trip, things I’ve learned about planning such a huge trip and of course, gear that I’m taking with me.

This post is fairly short and will just focus on where we are heading and what we’ll be seeing. Unfortunately, the plan is already in flux for exciting reasons. We finally secured a permit to hike Mt. Whitney! Unfortunately, it is ten days later than we originally planned. Instead of completely throwing out our schedule, we are taking a wait and see approach. We applied for a permit to hike The Wave Trail. It’s extremely popular and only two people are allowed a day, so the likelihood we’ll secure this permit is pretty low (only 4% in fact). Nonetheless, we have our fingers crossed and once the lottery decision is announced on June 1st, we’ll go back to the drawing board to figure out our plan for the second half of the trip.

While the order and schedule may change, we are still committed to visiting every single place on our list. Usually, you’re able to get the same information between the blog and video, this time I do encourage you to watch the video if you’d like to get a good sense of the schedule! If you’d really rather not, you can find a less exciting version of the map near the end of this post.

And of course, I’ll be blogging/vlogging throughout my trip, so make sure you’re signed for the blog and subscribed to my YouTube channel!

 

Written by Nalini

I love adventures that take me away from the hum drum of my regular life! Mine are usually filled with funny stories of common sense mistakes and miscalculations and involve the open roads, getting dirty, sleeping in tents and sweating and panting my way to the top of mountain peaks.

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