Trip of a lifetime - advice please
Ok , so my company is laying me off. The good news is there is some severance pay involved so I can afford to take a couple months off between jobs. I've been working for over 20 years with no more than 9-10 day long vacations from time to time.
My plan is to do a grand tour of the western united states, particularly the national parks. I'm going to combine a number of interests including photography, camping, running, driving (off road and on) , ham radio (new hobby) and of course family.
The general route is:
Badlands natl park - south Dakota
Yellowstone - Wyoming
Grand Tetons - Wyoming
Arches - Moab , Utah
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Will possibly stop in San Francisco and L.A. To see family
Could go to Yosemite , Death Valley, and the Rubicon Trail in Calif
I start in beginning of sept. and have at least 2 months.
My wife will join me for some long weekends, but someone has to bring home the bacon and keep my teenage son from either starving to death or burning down the house.
I may fly back a couple times (leaving my Jeep out west) for weekends and a family event
Photo wise I will bring multiple film and digital cameras, tripod etc.
So the questions
1. Any guidance with respect to must see places along the way?
2. Photo tips - traveling with gear, what types shots will resonate and be remembered, silly to try to out do Ansel Adams
3. Admonitions and warnings? Danergerous situations and places to avoid
4. General thoughts and suggestions
5. Weather issues and camping gear suggestions for the season