Our 2012 travel is about to begin, and it's beginning with a bang! On Sunday we are flying out to San Francisco (and somehow landing before we take off, which never ceases to amuse me), meeting up with the step-sons and then embarking on a bit of a US adventure! There'll be skiing in Mammoth, followed by a drive through Death Valley. Then it's on to the bright lights of Vegas, an aerial view of the Grand Canyon, and finishing off with a few days in the lovely San Francisco.
I can not possibly explain how excited I am about this trip! Not only are we re-visitng two of my favourite cities, but I'm also going to see some iconic parts of the US that I've never seen before. And more than that it's the boys first trip to the US - it's going to be so much fun to show them around!
They don't watch a lot of American TV (although the oldest' new favourite thing to watch is The Daily Show, that boy has damn fine taste!) but they have soaked up their fair share of American cultural references (see the celebration of junk food in Over the Hedge, the New Yorkers in Madagascar, and pretty much everything in the Toy Story trilogy). So, as well as all the big fun stuff we have planned, I'm ridiculously excited about all the little fun things - like visiting a supermarket to gawk at the cereal aisle. Oh, and the food! Tex mex, steak houses, buffalo wings and sliders served bar-side, a tower of hotcakes for breakfast and Reese's peanut butter cups! Oh my!
We have a car for a few days, where we'll be driving from Mammoth to Las Vegas, and I'm putting together a road trip playlist. I want all American artists, and I'm going for a kind of folksy country dreamy driving feel. Here's what I've got so far:
Then there'll be some Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkle, maybe some Bruce Springsteen? I'd really like to have Beth Orton on there, but she's Bristish...
So, over to you - if you've got any suggestions sing them out please!