Jena and I have just returned from a pretty epic road trip across the western and central parts of the U.S. We were afforded such an opportunity as we just so happen to have ended our employment engagements and are dead set on taking advantage of that reality. Never in our careers have we felt able to take more than two weeks off at a time. We are super excited to see what we can do.
For this trip we had a few goals: get back to Minnesota to see family and attend the Minnesota State Fair, Spend a good amount of time camping—especially in Glacier National Park, Get our Global Entry interview out-of-the-way to pave the way for easier international travel, and basically just relaxing a bit and not thinking about work for the first time in 20 years.
Here are a few stats from this past month:
- 7500+ Miles
- 34 Days
- 15 States: CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, ND, MN, WI, IA, MO, KS, CO, UT, AZ, NV
- 2 Countries: USA and Canada (twice)
- 8 National Parks: Cascades, Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Death Valley, Yosemite
- 34 Animal Species: Bears, Moose, Coyote, Beaver, Pronghorn, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, and Buffalo were highlights
- 10 Bears
- 3192 Photos/Movies taken (24 photos posted to Instagram)
- 119 New Beers (before you worry for my liver, many were just sample sizes or split with Jena)
- 1 State Fair (But it was the best one, Minnesota’s)