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Day 56: Exploration for Independence Day

Day 56: Exploration for Independence Day America was “discovered” during the era of exploration. Western civilization had become fascinated with finding the last frontier. While the Fourth of July is meant to be a holiday to celebrate our independence as a country it seemed fitting to spend my holiday in one of the last frontiers: A cave. There are few places...more
July 4th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 55: Deep into the Earth and Towering High into the Sky

Day 55: Deep into the Earth and Towering High into the Sky

Balance is important in your day to day life. One has to enjoy both the warm sunshine and the starry nights to have a complete day. Life is never about choosing left, right or even straight but rather to chose a mix of the three until you find that perfect place.

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July 3rd, 2011 | No Comments

Day 53: Breathtaking Highway 101

Day 53: Breathtaking Highway 101 This morning, waking up near Brookings, Oregon in Umpqua Lighthouse State Park I was quite excited. Today I'd be heading South along the famous highway 101 into the state of my birth. The drive itself is so scenic it becomes hard to get more than a few miles without taking pictures. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]...more
July 1st, 2011 | No Comments

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters Today was going to be a detour from the carefully planned itinerary I had developed for this trip. It has been over 50 days since I started this journey and there is one important thing to understand about road trips: The plan is secondary to the journey. If you take a vacation your agenda should...more
June 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 50: Opening Oregon

Day 50: Opening Oregon The big open wilderness of Oregon was masked as I drove southeast from the Portland area. As I climbed the pass on 26 highway I joined Mt. Hood in the blanket of the clouds. Driving through Oregon was a lot like opening a present layer by layer. After my foggy drive through Mt. Hood National...more
June 28th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave Day 49: Mount St. Helens National Park & Ape Cave There are a few different types of travelers out there one can embody. One can be the careful traveler, someone who sticks to the main roads and a strict agenda. Reading all of the signs and going only to those places known for tourism this traveler...more
June 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State Did you know that Washington has high desert plains? It has plateaus and mountains, rivers and lakes, snowy peaks and great big canyons? I always thought of Washington as the green state- eternally covered from top to bottom in green plants. There is a lot more to Washington than I thought. I had planned on visiting...more
June 22nd, 2011 | No Comments

Day 43: Glaciers, Deer and Bears, Oh My! Glacier N.P.

Day 43: Glaciers, Deer and Bears, Oh My! Glacier N.P. During my visit to Crystal Lake Caverns on Day 34 I spoke shortly on the effects of sacrificing small parts of nature to promote preservation of itself at large. Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, both, show exactly what this means by changing the way nature interacts with human activity. My friend from Missoula and I...more
June 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 40: Yellowstone- Geysers, Bison and the Return of Nicole the Destroyer

Day 40: Yellowstone- Geysers, Bison and the Return of Nicole the Destroyer Those of you that have known me for years know how accident prone I can be. There was the Dec. 2009 El Paso, Texas incident (click here), there was the January 2010 Cattle Blunder of New Mexico (click here),...more
June 17th, 2011 | 4 Comments

Day 39: Devil’s Tower and Little Bighorn Battlefield- The trek towards Yellowstone

Day 39: Devil’s Tower and Little Bighorn Battlefield- The trek towards Yellowstone Today we had a long drive ahead of us to Yellowstone National Park, but that wouldn't stop us from sightseeing along the way. There were two main things to see on the trek Westward: Devil's Tower and the site of Custer's Last Stand, Little Bighorn Battlefield. I jumped into my Jeep, and my two...more
June 17th, 2011 | 3 Comments