The Tippy Toe Tour: The Western Edition

I apologize for my absence here and on your blogs. I’m frantically clicking away on a travel to-do list as I plan my next great adventure: a 30 day road trip out west. I’ve never had the opportunity to do anything like this before, and I probably shouldn’t be doing it now. But I’m doing it anyway.

Here are the definite destinations:
Albuquerque, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Marina Del Ray, CA
San Francisco, CA

Most of those are sight-seeing stops, but I’ll be visiting friends in Las Vegas and San Francisco. Much fun (and chocolate) will be had!

I still haven’t finalized the return trip. Probable destinations:
Palm Springs, CA
Tucson, AZ
Las Cruces, NM
Fredericksburg, TX
Austin, TX (Miz, I’ll let you know)
and then home.

Should I win a big jackpot in Vegas, any/all plans may change. Given that I have about $30 in my gambling fun, I’m not counting on it.

As you might expect, I’m slightly-to-moderately worried about weight gain. Since I know Las Vegas will be a food-centric experience (two buffets, an Italian restaurant, and homemade toffee on the agenda and those are just the events I know about), my plan is to avoid too much splurging on the trip out and to make sure I get in at least 30 minutes of good exercise every day. That won’t be a problem in Santa Fe, Marina Del Rey, and San Francisco, but I’ll have to be mindful in the other cities.

I’m going to violate one of my vacation rules, I think, and carry my exercise/food logging notebook with me. Usually, I don’t bother logging when I’m on vacation, but with this one covering such a long period of time, I’m going to start out with the log. I do NOT plan to be obsessive about it, though. I’d rather gain 5 pounds–heck, 20 pounds!–than miss fun and meaningful experiences because I was in the room doing push-ups!

If nothing else, this will be a good experiment in moderation and balance. Unless, of course, it descends into some sort of adventure in gluttony and sloth. But I kind of doubt that will happen.

The adventure begins on Saturday! I’ll be checking in as time allows and will hopefully have photos to share. (I heard the collective groan.) Consider yourselves warned! :)