It has been a hell of a roller coaster ride over the last month or so.
I haven’t spoken much about my travels or travel plans but the lease on my home on the Central NSW Coast was coming up for renewal and with the Evil Speedo Corporation suing me I didn’t want to cause any embarrassment to my friends or myself so I thought a road trip was a good idea to both clean my head, keep a low profile and catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones.
Part 1: San Francisco
I’ve got some really good friends who live in San Fran. They have one of those beautful old 3 story homes right in the middle of the city which they’ve spent the last 5yrs fixing up and it is gorgeous. The wife half of the couple is recently pregnant for the first time and they were more than happy to rent on of their many spare rooms to me for a month or so. I love San Francisco as a city and hanging out with these guys makes me feel like a local. I’ll stay here until after Xmas/New Years before picking up a car and driving north.
Part 2: Road Trip
This is going to be huge and a hell of a lot of fun. I’ll buy a car in San Fran and head north. I’ve got some friends in Portland, Oregon who I’ll swing by and say hello – maybe get a couple of days snowboarding Mt. Hood. Then I’ll stop in Washington State and get a few days snowboarding Mt. Bachelor (which gets the most snow of anywhere on the planet) and Stevens Pass (where some friends have a cabin).
From Seatle I’ll head into Canada. I have spent some time in Canada (2 winters) and I have too many mates to catch up with. Hopefully I’ll board at Whistler then head east to the Okanagan where I spent those 2 winters. Hopefully I’ll be able to spend a couple of weeks up here before crossing the Canadian Rockies and driving to Banff. I love Banff and could easily live there year round. Not sure how much boarding I’ll get in Banff but it will be good to catch up with some Aussie mates who are there for the winter.
After Banff I’ll head back to the US. I don’t know as many folks in this area but getting to ride some of the Montana resorts like Whitefish or Big Sky would be great but I’m not sure if that will work out.
Then, I’ll arrive at Kips place in Breckenridge.
Part 3: Breckenridge
Each year I try to get over and see Kip in Breck. He and his sister live in a great house right in town and Breck is an awesome town and an awesome mountain.
I don’t think I’ll get down to Breck until the end of January or even Febuary.
It is great when I get to stay with Kip – we get a bunch of work done and we get to party pretty hard. As well as some pretty hot jacuzzi sessions. My plan is to stay in Breck until spring break and then head to Vegas.
Part 4: Back to San Fran
This is a drive that I’ve wanted to do for years but never had the chance. Mainly just Vegas, Grand Canyon and then through Yosemite National Park back to San Fran is the plan.
A week in Vegas (maybe) over spring break sounds like it could be fun.
Part 5: What next?
I have no idea what I’ll do when I get back to San Fran but I’m sure something will pop up.