Holy itinerary! Odyssey 2012

Last night, the Thriller and I sat down for our annual early fall Odyssey planning session. I must say we are slightly excited about the voyage.

As usual, some things are still tentative, and we plan to make various unmarked stops to see the countryside, eat at out-of-the-way places, shop at farmer’s markets, walk the beaches, and take in an entirely different aspect of American history.┬áIt’ll be totally unlike the 66 or National Parks trips. Fun.

So far, the list of stops includes:

  • Hershey
  • Gettysburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlantic City
  • Mystic/Foxwoods, and maybe meet up for lunch with our nephew who lives in Groton, CT
  • Cape Cod
  • Salem (and yes, the Thriller wants to see all the ghostie sites)
  • Portland
  • Bangor
  • Bar Harbor
  • Mt. Washington (NH)
  • Montpelier, VT
  • Fort Ticonderoga (I doesn’t wants to go on the ferry)
  • Syracuse (PK – any great restaurants?)
  • Niagara Falls
  • Toronto
  • Windsor
  • Detroit (it’s tradition: the voyage has to either start or end there)

And the hoarding of pennies begins again. What struck us as odd about this planning session was the drive times. We’re not accustomed to going from one entire state to another in less than two hours. Heh. It’s a good thing, because we were able to plan bigger, see more, and stay longer at some of the stops.

Two rather large-ish omissions you may have noticed: Boston and New York City. There are reasons. I’ve been to Boston, and truthfully, over the past few years (specifically, 2006-2009) my affinity for the city has dwindled. The Thriller didn’t want to drive in Boston, and I can’t blame him, so…out it went. NYC — that’s going to be a trip of its own someday. As many of you know, I’ve been there lots, but never on a “grownup” trip. It’s always been with my choirs, which is fine and always a hoot, but it limits me to the main tourist attractions. I’d like to go to some jazz clubs and hit the Met and spend a whole day shopping and riding the trains to the other boroughs — things I can’t pull off when I have to be responsible for 80 high school students and 20 other adults.

So, now that next summer has been put in the books, it’s time to put the lid on this one. School starts for me in 12 days. Need to put away childish things and start acting all growed up. Bummer…

Happy day to you, fiends!

10 thoughts on “Holy itinerary! Odyssey 2012

  1. PKPudlin

    Ahem: May it please the court:
    Might I suggest a tour of the Finger Lakes winerys; New York State wine is unparalleled anywhere, and is generally only available in New York – state laws and all that jazz….
    However, if you are Syracuse-or-bust, I suggest Santangelo’s (but get a reservation!!). Also look into hiking Taughannock gorge, in the Ithaca area on Cayuga Lake (South of Syracuse about an hour). Pack a picnic lunch and wear clothes to get wet in.
    Thirdly, while in Syracuse, schlep on up to the University and check out the music building – go in if it’s open. Oldest building in the area. The round chapel on the University grounds is pretty cool too and just a few steps away. Stone floor, etc. That’s where I did my grad recitals.


    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Hey, thanks for these suggestions! Not sure I want to be a drowned rat (I’m far too prissy, you know), but we will put Santangelo’s and SU on the list!

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Absolutely, handsome!! In fact, since Kay had to cancel on our movie outing this afternoon, I’ll be doing a tune list for you instead. I’ll send it over. We can definitely record in June, as opposed to August. In fact, I’d prefer it. Maybe the week before I leave for NE (we take off on the 29th)?

  2. RD

    Hey, this looks terrific! Heading East to see more of our great country. Your “grown up” NYC trip also sounds wonderful. When will it become reality?

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Thanks! And I’m not sure…we have a few in mind over the next few years, and NYC is definitely in there. The planning’s half the fun! We will definitely get there — I’m thinking maybe in 2 or 3 years. That, of course, won’t be as long of a trip. More like a 5-day jaunt.

      But for now, we have lots on the burner. We’re looking at three others right now:

      1. The Eastern seaboard
      2. The Gulf coast
      3. And the Mother of All Road Trips: The Pacific northwest, British Columbia and ALASKA!

      We’re gonna need a bigger car…



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