For me, a huge part of the holiday is the planning. I absolutely love it. There is nothing I like better than buying all the guide books, going on the internet and doing loads of planning.
After SF we pick up a hire car and drive to Monteray, staying one night there before heading off to Yosemite. We are spending 2 nights in Yosemite which I am really looking forward to. It is then off to Death Valley, staying in Furnace Creek Ranch, which looks fun.
Spending one night in Death Valley we then travel to Las Vegas, where we are staying at the Monte Carlo for two nights. My colleague, Brenda, has just returned from her 5th trip to Vegas and has given me loads of ideas of things to do! We are not gamblers, so are going mainly to look!
Leaving Las Vegas, we will stop at the Hoover Dam before making our way to the Grand Canyon. I am very excited as I have just booked a 3 hour bike tour on the South Rim for the morning of our first day there. It is a guided tour and looks great - not any steep hills, but along the flat of the rim with plenty of photo opportunities.
So, that is our big adventure coming up this summer. I won't put on here exactly when I am going as I don't like to broadcast that I won't be here. Penny is house and cat sitting and will hopefully be having a friend to stay for a few days too, to keep her company.
I have decided that I will probably use these photos as the first page in my 'Road Trip' scrapbook that I will spend the rest of the year (and probably next year too) making!
BUT, before tht all happens we have our big family party to put on to celebrate the silver and golden weddings. Penny is making most of the desserts for me, I am making some main courses and my Mum and sister are also doing a couple of dishes each. Pippa's mother in law, although she can't come, is making her wonderful sausage rolls and my aunt is bringing a prepared salmon (actually my uncle does it, but she offered it!). So, with approximately 40 people attending, many being family I haven't seen for ages, there are going to be lots of photos to scrap from that too! Add on to that, Penny will be 21 tomorrow and we have a family party for her on Sunday! I think I will be keeping Truprint in business this year!
So, here we are, with my OLW, CELEBRATE!