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  • Oh, dear. Two days away, and the anxiety I'm feeling is trying to rob me of the joy of taking an amazing-fantastic-roadtrip-of-a-lifetime. But I'm fighting it. With lists, with exercise, with the power of positive thinking, and with the core of my pragmatic being -- "worrying about it will only make it harder".

    For those who have wondered, here is my vision of our "itinerary":
    New Orleans -- have to introduce the husband and children to the joy that is Cafe du Monde and Preservation Hall (notice I listed the beignets first?)
    Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge -- BOOM and Bloom festival:)
    San Antonio -- remember the Alamo? Not to mention the missions
    White Sand Dunes -- who could resist the urge to sled down a giant white dune in a moonscape?
    Saguaro Cactus NP -- We read a story about some buffoon who blasted one with a shotgun (egregiously violating the ban on harming or removing them) only to be repaid with a fatal blow to the head with a saguaro "arm" (hee hee)
    (Drumroll please)...Grand Canyon! -- I still remember being intimidated at 5 years old by its enormity. Who wants to bet I keep a very tight grip on Lilly and Jacob?
    Monument Valley -- just a drive through some of Hollywood's most iconic scenery, and the homeland of the Navajo nation
    Mesa Verde NP -- Cliff dwellings extraordinaire! We can't do Chaco Canyon in the RV, but this is a magnificent second to me, the anthropology nerd
    Great Sand Dunes NP -- MORE DUNES! But these ones are set against the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Go ahead, say "Sangre de Christo" (it's just so pretty)
    Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque -- Pueblos, museums, storytelling!!! Hey this ain't pismo beach!
    Then we'll take a left turn at Albuquerque and high tail it home across Oklahoma, Arkansas, TN, MS, Alabama, and Georgia!

    So, I'm going to work like the devil for two more days to put all my ducks in a row, and then I'm going to jump in that marvelous RV (wish it was mine) and enjoy it. Right? Well I sure hope so -- because wouldn't it be a crying shame if I didn't?
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