So, have you already taken your Staycation? Or are you planning one?
I've heard that a lot of motorists, faced with skyrocketing gas prices, can't afford to go on vacation this year. So they're staying at home.
Me? Since I ride a bicycle, my transportation budget hasn't been affected in a meaningful way by gas prices. So a vacation is still in the cards. In fact, since my "dream vacation" is motorcycle touring, but I hate heavy traffic, I'm looking forward to fewer cars on the road this year!
(Fuel cost will obviously factor into my plans. I typically average about 250 miles a day; that's about 5-6 gallons of gas. So my gas will cost maybe $5 or so more than it did last year, per day. I can deal with that.)
My plan is to visit northern Arizona and New Mexico - from Flagstaff/Grand Canyon to Taos, and points in between. And of course, riding down there and back. And I'm even toying with the notion of riding from Taos on over to Boise City, Oklahoma, and the tip of Texas... just so I can say I've been there. I hope to leave shortly after Labor Day, and will probably be gone for 10 days or so.
For those of you who drive, and are planning a Staycation, here are some ideas:
- Sit on the edge of the bed and stare at the floor. Or curl up into a fetal position.
- Write letters to your elected officials, bemoaning how miserable you are on account of high gas prices. (If you're from Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo was specifically asking his constituents to send in their gas price sob-stories.)
- Watch the thermometer on your back porch, to see if the globe is really warming.
- Get a driving simulation video game and play it for 8 hours a day. (My friend Woody got himself a sweet PS3 and a bigscreen with his check from George W. Bush. He's got a car-racing game that is just mind-blowing, the graphics are so good!)
- Pull that big rig of yours out into the driveway. (Or put it in neutral and roll it, if you can't afford the gas.) Give it a good washing and a wax and thorough detail-job. A lady who lives up the street bought a shiny new red Hummer a few months back, probably when gas was between $2.25 and $2.50. She could get that thing lookin' spiffy over her Staycation!