Monday, July 26, 2010

Dear, Mindful Reader

A very mindful reader has reminded me that I neglected to include the average miles per gallon in my last post. I do strive to provide my readers with real and relevant information. This most certainly fits that criteria.


The average was 26.3.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grand Traverse

The transcontinental trip is over.

While on the road I visited over 20 friends, traveled through two countries and 19 states. I traversed mountains, prairies, deserts, and coastlines.

I mailed around 35 postcards.

I visited five national parks, slept in the car four nights, went to the Pacific three times, ate at In-N-Out twice, and had one job offer.

My car consumed 33 tanks of gas, with an average price of $36.88 per tank. The most expensive gas was in the Mojave Desert at $3.60 a gallon (Thanks for picking that one up Amanda). The cheapest gas was $2.45 in Boonville, MO.

I was on the road for about six weeks. I crossed the Continental Divide six times. The Fishers have six kids. And I have six friends in Seattle.

My suitcase had a range of 11 days, with a spare pair of underwear.

My car had three oil changes, in Montana it had two engine lights on, and one tire rotation.

The trip cost an estimated $2,667.72, that’s an average of $59.28 a day (including car maintenance). In comparison my trip to Australia cost an estimated $2,789 with an average of $232.41 a day.

I was in one wedding; Emily and Tara ate 20 chicken nuggets, and Maranatha has two cats.

I turned 26 on June 21st and celebrated my birthday at mile marker 5,220 (West Memphis, AR).

I created 30 blog posts, in a series titled Beautiful America, and this will be the final post. I hope that you have enjoyed it.

MILEPOST: 11,390

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

Saturday, July 17, 2010

GrAND Tenton





Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.
Horace Greeley

MILEPOST: 10, 498
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

YELLOW























































































MILEPOST: 10,435
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

Friday, July 16, 2010

Open Roads East








MILEPOST: 10,000
West of
SUPERIOR, MONTANA

Near Nature, Near Perfect


It almost over! Today, I am leaving Spokane for the last segment of my journey. I am sad, but glad. It will be nice to get back into a routine. While traveling is really great, it is also really nice to have a place to unpack your belongings.





MILEPOST: 9,842
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Priest Lake












All I have to say is, I am ahead of you Emily!


MILEPOST: 9,740
PRIEST LAKE, IDAHO

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Judy Chop In Seattle





This is old news, but I am still going to report it for you, my readers. But what you might not know, is that Tara Becker left a huge bruise on my leg, when playing Ninjas.


MILEPOST:9,348
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Saturday, July 10, 2010

We Ate Watermelon











MILEPOST: 8,649
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Like History





I like exploring old and abandon buildings. I like to imagine the stories that took place in them.

There is an abandon postal annex in Omaha. Every time I go there, I cant help but think that there must have been a postmaster that work there that was passionate about his job. And every day when he got home he would embrace his wife in his arms, while his children would cling to his legs. This man worked here his entire life and while his life was simple, he was happy.

In Kansas City there is a place where there are stored dozens of old railroad passenger cars. Whenever I visit them, I picture these passenger cars carrying our young men to war. I see them dressed in their uniforms playing cards. I see some of them writing to their sweethearts as they are carried further and further away from home. I see them splitting tobacco and looking forward to capturing some real life Nazis. And sadly I know that many of them will never return home.

Today instead of exploring the buildings, I found myself with the people that lived these stories. I spent all day at an assisted-living facility.

I interviewed for the opportunity to become an administrator for a facility like the one I was visiting. They offered me the job. Shamefully, I wasn’t able to connect the stories with the people and I declined the offer.

MILEPOST: 8,150

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Brr...Cold









(The picture lies, it suggest warmth, but in truth it is brr...cold!)

MILEPOST: 7,754
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

Elephants of the Sea


What are they doing? Elephant Seals are crazy. Flipping sand, sleeping, vocalizing, sparring and scratching, are their favorite and probably only activities they do on land.

MILEPOST: 7,706

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, CALIFORNIA

Sunday, July 4, 2010

PRAGUE REUNION + MORE

LEFT COAST, IS THE BEST COAST, FOR FRIENDS!!!

MILEPOST: 7,398
LOMA LINDA, CALIFORNIA