Intro & Itinerary

A few people have expressed interest in reading about my trip, so I figured that I might as well throw together a blog to record my journey. I don’t know how frequently I’ll post – maybe daily, maybe weekly. Will I even have much internet access? Probably not!

I anticipate my trip taking about 3 months, from mid-July through mid-October. I have a huge list of sites I’d like to see, but I’d prefer to determine the rate day-by-day… if there’s one place I want to explore I can stay a few days longer, or if something turns out less interesting than I anticipated, I can keep moving. Infuriating, I’m sure, for people I plan on meeting along the way (I do apologize!). That said, I do have an itinerary planned out:

Here’s the highlights I’d really like to see:

  • Badlands NP
  • Wind Cave/Jewel Cave NP
  • Custer State Park (South Dakota)
  • Grand Teton NP
  • Yellowstone NP
  • Seattle
  • Olympic Peninsula
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Oregon Coast
  • Crater Lake NP
  • Redwood NP
  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite NP
  • King’s Canyon NP
  • Sequoia NP
  • Joshua Tree NP
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • Bryce Canyon NP
  • Zion NP
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Capitol Reef NP
  • Arches NP
  • Denver/Boulder
  • Rocky Mountain NP
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Colombus, Ohio

Ambitious? Maybe, and those are just the highlights… there are plenty of places I want to see that don’t even make the list. I’d prefer to spend the most time in South Dakota, California & Utah. Based on previous trips, Utah is my favorite state and South Dakota the most underrated; I’ve never been to California. Half the sites are vague memories from my childhood; the other half will be brand-new to me.

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