Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh The Places You'll Go

Another school year has ended. We're starting to get the motor home cleaned up and ready for our first voyage, a quick overnight to visit some friends a few hours a way. We're also starting to make a list of some of our “must see and do” items for next year. So far our “must sees” include Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, the canyons out west, especially Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon, Northern California and of course...legoland. We're also exploring our different campground options and thinking seriously about the things we enjoy every summer in our own backyard. So, we have also made a short list of things we enjoy doing here that we would love to experience in other parts of the country.

Our fair regional area has some really terrific outdoor summer concerts priced reasonably cheap or completely free. Saturday night we saw Elvis Costello perform a concert downtown on the waterfront. It was fabulous! He played a good portion of his most popular tunes in 2 hours, without a single break! We have tickets to 2 more summer concerts locally (The Decemberists and Great Big Sea) and plans to attend several that are offered for free. One local venue is featuring free concerts each week by Peter Frampton, 38 Special, Pat Benetar, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, and Lynard Skynard, just to name a few. It's shaping up to be quite an awesome summer, musically speaking! I would love to visit some summer music festivals in other parts of the country. The Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park looks really fun!

Billed as a festival featuring music, food, art and wine, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, it features some really cool music and is located in a definitively cool city. I don't know who will be playing next summer, but this summer they have The Decemberists, and Arcade Fire is kinda growing on me. How could you not have a good time!

We are also fortunate to live in between acres and acres of vineyards and wineries. We try to take a couple of winery tours every summer. My Twitter stream led me to this article - http://www.rvboondockingnews.com/2011/06/spend-night-on-farm-or-in-vineyard-for.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

And another “must do” was added to the list. Camping, for free, at a participating farm or winery, with tours, tastings and fresh picked farm stand produce available for purchase. Ding, ding, we have a winner! This program, apparently popular in Europe for several years now, is just getting off the ground in the US. Sign me up!

So, now it's your turn...leave me a comment and tell us your “must see and do.” If you were coming along, where would you go. Or maybe you've already taken a trip like this...tell me what was the most memorable thing you got to see or do. Just maybe, you'll make the list!

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