All about an extraordinary road trip from New Jersey to San Antonio, and back again.

Route Tweaking

March 4, 2008 – 3:44 pm | by Dave

compass.jpgRather than run the risk of spreading our time too thinly, we’ve decided to focus more on visiting places further from home, and less on those places that are within easy reach most of the time. As such, we’ll be traveling farther and faster the first couple of days in order to enjoy a longer stay when we finally reach San Antonio.

We’ve been advised to allow a good four days to take in the Alamo and other sights, so that’s what we’re intending, and probably sacrificing the visit to Washington, D.C., or at least postponing it until we’re on the way back.

Our first bona-fide vacationy spot will probably be Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.

On the return trip, other revisions have us skimming along the Gulf Coast’s Creole Nature Trail, where Ollie and I look forward to wrestling alligators in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. After a festive St. Patrick’s day in New Orleans, we’ll head up through Mississippi and catch the Natchez Trace Parkway, taking in the scenery and cultural experience until we re-emerge upon civilization* near Nashville.

*Any area within a 3 mile radius of a Starbucks.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Route Tweaking”

  2. By Rebecca McCormick on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Wow, what a trip! Can you just pick me up when you pass through Hot Springs, Ark? You’ll love it here. In fact, my hubby and I liked it so well when we visited here six years ago, we moved here two months later!

    Recently geographer Warren Bland named Hot Springs, Ark. the No. 1 place in America to retire.

    I gotta admit, Hot Springs is a pretty cool place to live, even for those of us who aren’t yet retired.

    To get a sneak preview, check out Spa Vlogger.

    Rebecca McCormick,
    Travel Journalist, Hot Springs Village Voice

  3. By Dave on Mar 5, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks, Rebecca, I really appreciate the links to help us learn more about Hot Springs. We’ve never been there and can’t wait to experience it first hand.

    I see that your Village Voice link is to a piece you wrote about Chapel Hill, which, by coincidence, is in my back yard over here. I think you captured the essentials very nicely. Southern Season rocks.

    Great Stuff! 🙂


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