I asked Eric in another thread where he's planning to travel this upcoming year, and I thought it would be even more fun to ask all of you. Where are you planning to go? What are you planning to do? And, which bags are you going to take?
Here's my list so far:
1. Lexington, KY (January)
This is just a quick long weekend trip with Mrs B., one of our grad school friends, and Titus and Hector. We're going to visit another grad school friend who teaches there. Big plans for the trip include catching up, drinking various things, and exploring the city. Biggest plan? Having coffee with Janine, and fulfilling my life-long dream of presenting her with Suddenly SALAD, a box of Hy-Vee Crispy Hexagons and some Italian kleenex.
Bags: Western Flyer, Synapse.
2. Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles (March)
I think the entire academic world decided to have all of its major conventions in Vegas this year, so I'll be going to play video poker. I mean present a paper. Mrs B. and I will re-live our 2011-12 trip to Italy by marveling at the fake Grand Canal in the Venetian Hotel. Spring break falls right after the conference, so we'll be off to LA to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and the newest Badger, Nephew Badger.
Bags: Well. Plans are in the works for this one.
3. South Dakota Badlands and Jackson, WY (May)
Kiddo and I managed not to kill each other on our recent Chicago trip, so we've decided to take a quick road trip west. We'll, um, see how that goes.
Bags: See above. Synapse most likely the DC.
4. Corvallis, Oregon (August)
It's been a while since we've been back to my home town, so we'll take a trip there this summer. Plans include trips to the coast, drinking as many coffees and microbrews as I can handle, long country walks with my parents' dog, and cleaning the last of the crap out of my childhood bedroom (wish me luck). Maybe, if I behave, we'll be able to squeeze in a visit to Seattle and the TB factory.
Bags: Western Flyer and Synapse.
5. Chicago (October)
This is for a conference that I'm not wild about attending, but at least a lot of friends will be there. At least I'll get to make an overdetermined packing list, per usual.
Bags: Maybe just the Smart Alec, since it's only for like two days.
6. Los Angeles (November)
This is tentative, but the addition of Nephew Badger to the family has made me think that it may possibly be worth braving the worst travel weekend of the year to see him gumming a turkey leg.
Bags: Whatever will let me one-bag it, since I have laundry access.
7. Chicago (December)
Annual Chicago trip with Kiddo. Ah, tradition.
Bags: I'm almost positive this trip will be short, so probably Smart Alec.
8. Honolulu, maybe?? (December)
It all depends on whether or not I can convince my parents that we should all be together, and that Mrs B. and I deserve a radical change in temperature at this time of the year.
Bags: Aeronaut and Synapse.
Man. I'm exhausted already.