Sunday April 22nd ~ San Bernardino Mountains
Although we have had a break from traveling the past two months, we have still stayed busy with doing some needed clean-up, repairs and decluttering at our tiny cabin in the mountains. We have had this much-loved home for nineteen years now and have done almost nothing towards maintenance and updating since then.
It was time!
But, now that project is well underway, the Travel Gods have been rattling their sabers at us, and we are preparing to get back on the road.
I have mentioned briefly in the past that we have another couple who we take turns planning surprise trips for each other. It was our turn to plan a trip and we are long overdue!
So, what are our surprise trips like????
They have been varied and have included a day trip to a museum, a hike in a park, visiting a historic site, a long weekend get-a-way to Palm Springs, Carlsbad Flower Fields, week in Sonoma, Indoor skydiving, hot air balloon trip over the wine country, Anza Borrego National Park, a fabulous stay in Warner Springs where we had spa treatments and took a thrilling flight in a glider and Salsa dance lesson, a Murder mystery train trip, three days in Death Valley where we (accidentally) hit the 100 year bloom, Bryce and Zion National Parks, and so much more.
How do we plan them?
Simply taking turns, or whenever the mood strikes, one of the other of us decides it is time. The planning couple will formulate an idea of where to go, when, and for how long. The next step is to confirm with the other couple that they are free on the suggested date(s) and block the time on our calendars.
The planning couple is then responsible for making any reservations and/or booking the tickets, establishing the itinerary or any logistics.
Then the real fun begins…
Giving out clues…
The destination or plans are kept a secret for as long as possible, but of course to keep up the suspense and to entice some guesses, the planning couple prepare/deliver some clues. Sometimes this is as simple as including key words or clues in an email, or sending a clue each week in the mail, or even pieces of a puzzle to be completed.
What we did this time:
I made up a list of words that start with each letter of the alphabet and then did a word scramble with them. For example, here was clue #1:
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ netvudrae
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ mianlsa
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ clataear
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ momdoactcican
- _ _ _ _ _ _ vaecti
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ulsllacineiv
- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ tiuteald
I did this all the way through from “A” to “Z”.
They are currently on the “K” letters, so I don’t know if the clues will get completed before we leave next weekend, lol.
I think perhaps I made the clues a little too hard this time, but sure have had fun with all of it.
What they know so far is:
- We will be gone for two weeks, leaving next Saturday early morning from our business.
- We are taking a road trip in Ellie Mae (our RV)
- We have provided them with a packing list of what clothes to bring, camera, etc.
- We will be visiting at least one National Park
- There will be a lot of photo ops
- What day we plan to return
Beyond that, it is still a mystery.
Hope you will follow along with us to find out where we go and what fun adventures we have planned.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the opportunity to share special moments with friends who we have known for 30 years. Half the fun is in the planning, and the anticipation for the other couple of finding out the where, and what details, and solving clues.