I think we are finally over our jetlag.  While we were in Italy we really tried not to let the sleepiness rule the day.  After all, there was so much to see and do.  But at home, it’s a different story.  There is really no big incentive to keep going.  It’s so much easier to justify a little lay down.  So, of course, it took us longer to adjust.

But now it’s time for more trip planning.  I’ve been working on our next big opus.  After a couple of trips to St. George over the next two months (one in which we will have two sets of visitors!), we are heading cross country again.  This time we will take a middle of the country route.  Our goal is to visit every state (during our life not on this trip).  John is missing two, North Dakota and Hawaii.  I am missing several – Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas and Hawaii.  By going across the middle of the U.S., I will pick up Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky.  On the way back we’ll take a more northerly route and travel through Minnesota and North Dakota.  We’ll both be left with just Hawaii unvisited.  I guess that will have to wait for a non-car trip.

Although I’ve just started planning, there’s potentially so much to see!  Goblin Valley in Utah, Mike the headless chicken in Fruita, Colorado and the petrified wood gas station in Lamar, CO.  We also plan on taking industrial tours such as Coors in Golden, CO and Cape Cod Potato Chips in…I have just looked on their website and can’t find out where it is but I’ll bet it’s somewhere on Cape Cod.  And now that we have our computer for in the car with its Verizon hookup to the internet we’ll be unstoppable!

But for now it’s just in the planning stages.  And our anniversary dinner in Boston is months away.  Still it’s fun to start the planning process and discover all the weird things to see in U.S.  If you’ve got any places that you think we’d enjoy, let me know.

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