July 25, 2013

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So as many of you may have heard, we are moving to Pennsylvania! We are finishing up our jobs this week and will be spending next week packing and tying up loose ends.

Of course we couldn’t just make the move and rush through a cross-country drive in a few days, only seeing the rest stops. Instead we decided to take this move as an opportunity to take a couple months off work and explore the parts and parks of the western US that we haven’t had a chance to yet. So we created our own ‘epic’ ~75 day, 10,000+ mile road trip through 18 states and 20 national parks!!!  We hit the road on August 4th from San Diego and start heading up the west coast.

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We invite all of you to follow us on our trip as we will be updating our website with photos, trip reports, and our progress when internet is available.  We plan to camp about 40 of the 75 days which also includes about 10 nights backpacking where we will be completely off the grid. If all goes according to plan, we will summit Half Dome in Yosemite, traverse the Teton Crest Trail, and cross the Grand Canyon from rim to rim.

Here’s a quick look at the National Parks we will be visiting, in order of the trip:

  • Pinnacles, CA
  • Yosemite, CA
  • Lassen Volcanic, CA
  • Redwood, CA
  • Crater Lake, OR
  • Mt. Rainier, WA
  • Olympic, WA
  • North Cascades, WA
  • Glacier, MT
  • Grand Tetons, WY
  • Yellowstone, WY
  • Great Basin, NV
  • Zion, UT
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Saguaro, AZ
  • Carlsbad Caverns, NM
  • Big Bend, TX (if time allows)
  • Guadalupe Mountains, TX
  • Hot Springs, AR
  • Mammoth Cave, KY

We’ve only been to 5 of the 20 parks before, so this trip will definitely add to our life list, and we’ll get to see an amazing array of scenery and wildlife.

We can’t wait to get started and hope you enjoy following along with us!