We live in Farmington, CT, west of Hartford - Reada & I (Jon), with our two children - now in college (our daughter about to finish & our son just starting this year). Over the years as a family we have mostly traveled around the east, taking winter ski trips an summer vacations to the woods & lakes around New England and the east (with one trip out west - to Glacier National Park/Waterton Lakes). One tradition that I have tried to do with my kids for years now is taking them back-packing just before they started school in the fall (starting about 10 years ago). Now the kids are almost out of the house, and Reada & I thought that a memorable trip out to the west coast, as our daughter graduates from college this spring (her brother only 3 years away from that!), and prepares to spread her wings and fly off into the world, would be a nice send-off.