North from SF to Medford where I have a 65-year-old cousin whose Mom (my Dad's sister) died and must have a bunch of old photos and keepsakes to look through.
Then in Portland, my great-grandfather was buried in nearby Aloha, so I want to find his gravestone and photograph it and see if there's some other info at the cemetary.
Then my Mom was born in Elgin, Oregon, so I would like to go to the county courthouse there and see what I can find.
And my grandfather, Leonard Frakes died in Seattle and I could research that.This kind of travel really is fun. The exploration and detective work is hard to beat! Hopefully, I can recruit trip-mates to go with me to these places.
Besides putting this trip in my calendar, I should probably be doing some preliminary long-distance research to get the ball rolling. According to Long-Distance Genealogy, you can save an incredible amount of time and get a lot better results if you've made some contacts and even set up appointments in advance.
It's hard for me to be that planful, but perhaps saying it here will get me to try sending some letters of inquiry. The book gives you a bunch of actual sample letters to use. It's really good.