We were gald to be back on the road again on our first Discovering the USA Roadtrip. Our destination for the summer was Vancouver, British Columbia where we would stay for a few months. We wanted to get to know Vancouver and to check out Whistler-Blackcomb for a future ski season there. Our plan was to fly from Vancouver to Beijing and spend a few months there before returning to Vancouver by plane. Then we planned to drive back to the Vail Valley for our third season (2010-2011) skiing Vail.
So, off we went in our Nissan Sentra (rented from Hertz in November 2009 at about $18 a day). The blog posts which follow this one give the details and show some of what we saw. Just click on "Older Post" at the end of this post-page to see the next one (yup, it's counter-intuitive). To see all of our photos on this roadtrip, click here. One of the things that struck us during our road trip was how many "smoke shops" we saw along the way and how many people were smoking. Fortunately for us, restaurants and most public places were smoke-free. So we just had to avoid people who were smoking and walking.
The spring was a wonderful time to travel because we got to see the unfolding of the spring flower bonanza. We did hit snow and were unable to see all of the parts of Yellowstone that we had planned to. Of course, we didn't encounter crowds either.
Another thing that struck us along the way was that people were getting fatter as we went north and west from Vail. Generally speaking people in Vail (and in Colorado, broadly speaking) people are in pretty good shape. By the time we got to Montana, people were getting broader and broader. Maybe related, but another thing that struck us was how well stocked the grocery stores were, even in small (tiny) towns.
We found good accommodation at around $60 a night (in many Super 8's) along the way. We used to think of ourselves as Four Seasons Hotel devotees. After 2 financial meltdowns, we're more Super 8 types now.