So... School will soon be over and my first year of teaching will be done. In a few weeks, once school is out, I'm planning on embarking on my first ever epic road trip. It will be a mix of birding and zoos. My goal is around 2 weeks and to travel through West Texas (Big Bend), New Mexico, Arizona (Madera Canyon and Tuscon), and South California (SD and LA). I plan on camping all along the route. I'd love to meet up with people along the way (and maybe bum a hot shower every now and then ) Here is a tentative itinerary: Day 1: Drive 10 hours to Big Bend National Park - bird along the river and camp Day 2: Big Bend State Park - bird the Chisos Mountains - drive 9 hours to Madera Canyon. (Possible stop at El Paso Zoo). Day 3: Bird Madera Canyon (birding Mecca!) Day 4: ASDM and Mount Lemmon in Tuscon Day 5: Bird Salton Sea (with mstickmanp - the first ever US moderator shindig) Day 6: SD Zoo and SD birding Day 7: SDWAP and SD Birding Day 8: Boat ride out to Santa Cruz Island Day 9: LA Birding (Possible LA Zoo) Day 10: LA Birding (Possible La Brea Tar Pits) Day 11: Possible Sequoia National Park Day 12: Grand Canyon Day 13: Travel home Day 14: Travel home Obviously the last few days are not fully planned. I could venture into Colorado, New Mexico, etc. Need to find some exciting places to bird to maximize my species. If you're along the route, message me on the tread or via PM and I'll get back to you.