I have tentatively been planning an escape for a while however recently the anxiety to get the hell out has hit an all time high. I have a few questions for you hopefully that you wouldn't mind answering to help me about a little bit. First of all, how do I budget for it? Do I just save up a wad of cash and go? How do I network to find places to crash if I don't feel like camping or staying in a motel? How did you decide where to go and what to see? The main issue I am having though is the money. I have no idea how much I should have. I intend to leave southern california, head up to washington, then on to montana/wyoming/idaho, then through the midwest and hopefully get to Maine. I intend to have about 2 or 2 and a half months to do this in. I plan on bringing a Mamiya 645 and my 4x5 view camera. Heaps of film for the medium format and a box or two of color and black and white each for the 4x5. I don't really want to bring my 35mm. Oh ya, and I plan on going alone. My parents love that. Anyways, thanks for the help.