Ok - the Intrepid Travel Partner and I have been kicking around the idea of doing a Southwest Loop this Summer. Our very broad and, I'm sure, completely impractical rough idea is to head towards Big Bend and then up to the Grand Canyon over the period of 1.5 to 2 weeks.
Beginning = Lake Charles, LA after taking numerous pictures of Intrepid Travel Partner in a rather hideous sounding Bridesmaid's Dress
Onwards to Texas - maybe stop at the King Ranch (not sure if that's cool enough for the detour). Possibly go through San Antonio and see the Alamo. And then to Big Bend. Head north and explore Fort Davis Historical Site and Guadalupe National Park as we make our way towards New Mexico.
New Mexico - nothing really set yet. We did a fairly extensive trip through there a few years ago, so we've crossed off a lot on our "Must See" list in the state. But suggestions are definitely welcome.
Arizona - there are quite a few national parks "near" I-40 that are interesting looking like Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and I'm sure many other places that I haven't discovered yet.
Grand Canyon - There is so much information out there about this place that I'm not even sure where to start. Or if I should just treat it like any other National Park and just see where the road takes us. Intrepid Travel Partner has somehow deluded herself into thinking that the infamous donkey rides would be fun, but I still remember the "icky flopping fish dance" of my after tax season escape last spring.
Then homeward bound to Louisiana - route is still completely up in the air about this other than we'd like to take a completely different route back.
Hints, Suggestions and Laughter at our insanity are all welcome. We have no trouble doing many days of 10+ hours of driving. Given my line of work (accounting) I tend to like to completely escape from the real world and make myself so exhausted that I have no inclination to ever leave Shreveport again until the next summer. Or until I finally catch up on my sleep.