What with our good friends of Big Oil and their cronies keeping gas above $3 so they can afford that second gated-community home (maybe third with those profits, or another $300,000+ vehicle (what with all those HUGE profits), time has come to stay close to home.
The June 26th Parade magazine had some selected short trips for different parts of the country that you can drive on a tank of gas, or less.
1. SEATTLE TO WHIDBY ISLAND, WASHINGTON (34 MILES)--
The island is part pastoral with wineries and artists' studios and military with a Naval Air Station and Fort Casey. At Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve there are 17 working pioneer farms and over 400 historical structures.
2. SAN FRANCISCO TO LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, CALIFORNIA (375 MILES)--
Ancient volcanic eruptions formed a rugged landscape of caves, craters and cones. There are two dozen lava-tube caves to explore and a must-see Petroglyph Point, one of the largest Native American rock art as well as Captain Jack's Stronghold where the Modoc Indians held off the US Army 1872 to 1873.
Thirteen More to Go. --RoadDog