Well it's finally going to happen. Only took me a few years. The rough plan right now starts with the Grand Canyon in late May, followed by Yosemite, San Francisco, and Redwood National Park on the California coast. From there I would really love to make it to Glacier National Park and then to Minnesota to visit some old friends and my sister who will be there. There will be a little less camping than I had planned before, but I did invest in a brand new VW diesel wagon for the trip to save on gas for all the driving, and I have the important reservations in place. I really can't wait!!
If you need a local guide for a day in SF, let me know - I'd be happy to do it, or to provide advice if you have specific activities you'd like to see or do.
One thing to keep in mind is that it's going to take a lot longer for you to get from SF to Redwood national park than you think it will. Looks pretty straight on the map, but once you zoom in... it's totally squiggly in parts. I've camped there and it's awesome, you're not gonna believe it. Great time of year to go!