When Alan spreads maps out all over the kitchen table (yes, he’s old school), I know a road trip is in our future. We’re currently looking at driving the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming and Montana before snow closes the road. Of course there will be some Yellowstone National Park exploring included as well. That is, if the current fires die down so that closed roads or lots of smoke aren’t part of the trip.
But how will we know about smoke and fire conditions? I’ve found four excellent sites:
However, one thing I’ve learned about smoke and fire from living in Montana, conditions change quickly. A weather system could blow the smoke away—or not. But at least we’ll be aware and can possibly change routes if necessary. And that’s the beauty of a road trip—flexibility.
Our theme this month is scenic road trips. Personally, I love the freedom of a good road trip. Even if it’s just a one-day adventure, I love to just hit the road with a map (yes, I still use paper maps) and little to no plans beside a vague destination that we may or may not make it to depending on our stops along the way. If you’re planning a fall adventure soon, make sure to check out Donna’s advice on Surviving a Long Road Trip and our rec’s for some essential road trip gear.
This Week’s Articles
When I visit my home state of Georgia, I love to explore the eastern coastline whenever I can. No matter if it’s beach weather or not, I’ve always loved the expansive natural beaches of Georgia, South Carolina, etc. Donna’s article on 7 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Virginia Beach was just another reminder that I need to head north on to the beautiful Virginia Beach area on my next trip home.
Now that September is here, are you planning a leaf-peeping trip? Well, if you are, make sure you check out my 10 resources for a great leaf-peeping adventure.
More Travel News for Boomers
Donna and Alan always purchase travel insurance for major trips like cruises or group tours making sure that the policy covers pre-existing conditions for themselves and immediate family members. This article from Next Avenue explains why that’s so important.
Did you see all of the fall road trip routes we included in the September My Itchy Travel Feet Newsletter? The Historic Columbia Highway Scenic Byway was the most clicked. Take a look.
Are you on Instagram? Donna will be sharing her favorite road trip photos throughout September. Follow along.
Planning a road trip? Start your hotel search with us.
That’s all for now but we really want to hear from you. If you have a question about travel or suggestions for our next boomer road trip eguide, please send an email through our contact us page.