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Hanging out the 'gone traveling' sign - Curt Yeomans

Well, unless you read your newspaper early in the morning, chances are, I will be out of Georgia by the time you read this column.

I am jetting off to San Francisco this morning. It is time for my latest travel adventure.

I will be living it up in "The City by the Bay" through the end of next week, exploring the wharfs, Chinatown, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the World War II-era bunkers in the Presidio.

This year is actually going to end up being a pretty mundane year for me, as far as travel is concerned. There will likely be no international trips this year.

I am going to an ultra-rare family reunion in Connecticut this summer, and that may afford a chance for a short trip across the Canadian border, to Montreal, but I've already been there once.

Really, with the exception of my trip to the family reunion, I will go into heavy saving mode after my trip to San Francisco.

That is because I will be preparing for a big adventure in 2012. I will not say where that trip will take me just yet, but here is a hint -- five rings are involved.

But, all of that is more than a year away.

Right now, San Francisco lies immediately ahead of me. I will not wear flowers in my hair on the flight out there, but I will not rule out the possibility of them showing up once I get out to California.

First things first, however. Today is a day to focus on my flight to the west coast. I have been preparing for this for the last few weeks.

You see, when you go traveling, especially over long distances, it is best to bring something to keep your mind occupied.

Well, that should at least be the rule of thumb on long, domestic flights, because you have to pay extra on those flights for the entertainment (movies, music, games, etc.) that you get for free on international flights.

Personally, I've already paid enough for my airfare, so I'm not paying anymore than that.

In my case, I have a five-hour flight ahead of me, and what will be my entertainment on the long voyage? Both volumes of the "The Complete Sherlock Holmes," a collection of the four novels and 56 short stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, featuring the famous, fictional detective.

I really got hooked on Holmes after recently seeing the BBC series, "Sherlock," which is a modernized take on Doyle's stories.

So, as it stands, while you are reading this column, I will likely be on a plane, somewhere over the U.S., reading about the "The Hound of the Baskervilles."

You should try to be so lucky some day.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.