The Undefined Schedule Tour of 2012
Background: Three years ago I was diagnosed with Stage IV Sarcoma GIST Cancer. Two surgeries removed 9 tumors from my abdomen. A miracle chemo drug has kept the cancer at bay since then. This Tour is not about the cancer it is a celebration for each day that I am given to enjoy life.
I am long over the shock of the cancer. My life since its discovery has focused on ensuring that my family is provided for and that when it comes time for me to go that I leave them as comfortable as possible. I travel for my enjoyment now knowing that my family is taken care of.
A recent visit to MD Anderson Cancer Center has cleared me to travel again.
It occurred to me that I had no clear idea of the route and locations I would be visiting. I had not allowed myself to carefully plan my travel as I had always done in the past.
This may be my new model for future travel. I absolutely love leaving town with no planned schedule and just a notional idea of where I will be going. I can think of no other form of travel that would support such lack of planning other than my Casita Travel Trailer
My Casita spoils me and is equipped to camp almost anywhere with or without hookups. I will stop whenever I feel the need. After years at work with double and triple booked schedules most of the day, I am freed of its demands can enjoy the things I enjoy the most.
I recall my first trip as a 16 year old to Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming. I spent two years detail planning the trip including researching and purchasing the required backpacking equipment I would need and the routes I would take. This trip would be much different.
I left on this journey with just some general thoughts in mind of places I wanted to revisit. Glacier National Park is always high on my list. It’s beauty and wildness is unparalleled. It has been years since I visited Yellowstone and its magical rivers and meadows that I recall were filled with bison, elk and moose.
I have neglected Colorado in recent years since I have been traveling in my Casita. I have many favorite places that I feel the need to revisit. My family will tell you they equate a vacation with me taking them to Colorado. As a youth and later as a father, Colorado was a frequent and wonderful default vacation location. I have traveled much of the state in the past backpacking, trout fishing, 4-wheeling and exploring its many wonderful locations. I feel the need to revisit many the Colorado places that are embedded in my memories.
My travel plans are simple. I will head to Montana and Wyoming to first visit those regions before the cold weather sets in. A ranger once told me after we were caught in an early snow storm while backpacking in Glacier, there are two seasons there, August and Winter. Yellowstone is much the same way. I will then head to Colorado, hoping that my timing coincides with the aspen leaves changing to their golden autumn color.
My plans also include traveling at a slow, leisurely rate, soaking up the local history and culture that each area has to offer. I will also enjoy the meeting people along the way with the same passion of discovery that I have.