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)
On Friday I hosted a bonfire and Halloween party at our house. We did it up right and had a lot of fun. It was the type of party where I ended up falling asleep on the kitchen floor – which I actually did. I took photos of many of the guests as they arrived and my friend Jesse took a bunch more as he was appropriately costumed as a member of the paparazzi. Check out my photos and a few of his in a new Alt Text photo gallery (updated link) as well as a bunch more at his site.
Extra Credit: For those who are paying attention to such things, I also just returned from a long weekend in San Diego. We had really bad weather by Southern California standards as it was in the 60’s and rained several days. We still had fun going out in the Gaslamp Quarter, checking out some animals at the zoos, and of course, taking in Tijuana. There are a few photos of that trip up in the galleries as well.
I just booked airfare to Paris this spring. $241 round trip! I couldn’t afford not to go. I will be hitting some folks I know (Jason that means you) for any suggestions of what to see and do. If you have any suggestions for me please email them or leave a comment.
Here are some new Lonely Planet books I have added to my wishlist: France, Paris, Belgium & Luxembourg
I am heading south of the border on Thursday and no I don’t mean going to Taco Bell for a chalupa.
My wife and I, and her parents and 2 brothers are traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico for the wedding of Tanya, my wife’s sister.
The town is not on the coast but I am still looking forward to going. I will let you all know more about it on Sunday or Monday when I return.
I almost forgot to post the photos of my puppy. Here they are.