It has been way too long since I last updated my journal. The New Year went off without a hitch. January was cold and gloomy most of the time, it is Kansas after all. Had a birthday last week. Sure did enjoy all the birthday wishes. Most recently, I have been working how to use up some vacation time. By the end of March I will have over 120 hours to use. So, I have a few plans for travel. The major trip that I have planned is a road trip through the Great Lakes region. I will start out on April 7th and head to Columbus, NE to visit that awesome duo Bud & Drew. From there I will head to Madison, WI to visit with daddybearwi for a few days. Then on to Chicago for a quick visit with those cute boys Kevin, lucentnotion and Lane. From Chicago, I will go on to visit with Mom&Dad for a few days just north of Ann Arbor, MI. I was planning from there cross the border and head up to the Hamilton/Kitchener/Toronto are of Ontario. Can't let my passport just sit around and waste away. From Canada it is on to Pittsburgh, PA via Niagara Falls. I have never seen the Falls, I guess since I will be in the area, what the hell, take a look. I also have never been to Pittsburgh, so I have to do some research on what I want to see in the area.... The final leg of the trip may be the adventure part. From Pittsburgh to Kansas City (April 18 - 21 tent)I have not set plans. So I have 4 state (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri) to meander through. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
In May, (Memorial day weekend) it will be a long weekend in Austin, TX. I have not visited Austin since I left 14 years ago. I know there have been some great changes. and I am looking forward to visiting with old friends and seeing some of the changes.
Then in July is the big trip to Helsinki, Finland. I absolutely hate the thought of having to deal with all the TSA crapola, but I need to get out of this country for a short period.
Between July in Helsinki and November's HiBearnation in St Louis, the travel outlook is kind of barren. I was thinking of long weekend trips. Denver, OKC, Tulsa, just to name a few, are option for the late summer and fall trips...