So, we moved to Fairview TX a month ago, and I flew my plane from my old home drome in central CA to TKI. It was a pretty easy trip, really. Now I've been here a month, and I'm feeling a bit apprehensive about going up, despite 600 hrs PPL, 100 of it with IR. (But only 10 hrs IMC) I've flown through Bravo airspace a dozen times in the past, even landed at San Diego International a few times. I'm very comfortable on the radio. What I've come to realize, is that I was quite familiar with the areas I regularly flew in CA, (I grew up there, after all) but I am completely unfamiliar with the area I now live in. (Heck, I'm still getting lost on the ground on a daily basis.) So, I need a plan. My first thought was to seek out a local CFII, and at the very least sit down and talk with him/her about the area. But to be honest, it seems like a waste of time and money, and I'd rather 'discover' and 'learn' on my own. My current plan is to start with pattern work at my new home airport. (TKI) After that, I figure I'll pick a few airports that could be used as alternates if TKI is closed when I'm coming home, and fly some trips to each of them, shoot all their approaches (VFR without the hood), stuff like that. Then, if necessary, I might seek out a CFII to shoot some approaches in the area under the hood. (If I can't get any approaches on my own in IMC.) I did an IPC just before we moved, just to be covered, so I'm not worried about currency. (Yet) So, any locals to the DFW airspace (specifically the northeast part) that can share some tips and/or warnings to someone new to the area?