Sunday, July 24, 2016

On the Road Again ~ Our 2016 Cross Country Travels By the Numbers

Since returning from our two and a half week cross country 
camping trip...coast to coast...
New York to California, with 
stops in between for
natural, historic, literary and, 
of course, generally f-u-n sights,
there's so much to record here and share with you!
Thought I'd start with a basic run-down 'by-the-numbers.'
I'm kind of a list person, as you know, and so to journal about
the adventure, initially, checklist-ish, is a  pretty good way
 for me to keep a handle on the  details for myself
 as well as sharing some of the moments
big AND little, with you all!

Here's last night's post ~~ a  photojournal of the trip

Oh, there are blog posts aplenty to come!
Pictures, reviews of places and sites,
commentary of the journey!
I think I've "enough"  blogging posts stored up for 
q-u-i-t-e some time!

So here goes~


 18 days
duration of the trip

pictures taken~

Don't pnic....I won't share all of them!
24 states 
visited...or at least driven through!

 1 day of rain
Wow, were we lucky!

Took this photo from the car as we neared Oklahoma City 
on our second night out


47 license plates spotted!
My younger son kept a tally.
He is still missing Alaska, Delaware and Rhode Island.
(Yes we did actually spot a Hawaii plate!)

8,721 miles driven
coast to coast

23 gas tank fill ups

2 times 
crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on foot!

18 national parks,
monuments, battlefields visited

Yosemite National Park in CA

12 wacky or unique  sign pictures
Not as many as in previous travels

Lost track of
the number of times I panicked that I would not be able to get out of the Grand Canyon
on day two of our hike ascending this natural wonder of the world

 See all those faint "markings?"
Those are trail switchbacks that we hiked to get down and back
 from rim to Colorado River and back to rim.

 10.3 miles
down and 10.3 miles back up again--
on the South Kaibab Trail from the Grand Canyon's south rim
to the Colorado River at Phantom Ranch and back again.

9 1/2 hours
time it took us to ascend the Canyon trail.
We left at 2 AM and arrived at the south rim at 11:30 AM.
The first two hours were magnificent.
The last 7 1/2 were hell.

Roadside geology lessons
Given by my hubby, 
who's an earth science teacher and geology enthusiast

Only 2 drives down Lombard Street
(left, taken from the car.
Right, after I jumped out and ran down the street 
to get a shot of the van ON Lombard)

50 million years
Age of these Knightia fish we discovered while digging
at Ulrich's Quarry in WY.

 1 box of graham crackers / 
1 bag of marshmallows/ 
1 package of Hershey's chocolate bars
   eaten up for our s'mores~!


number of times that someone actually asked us if we are homeschoolers
because our children are "so polite and outgoing!"
Talk about making our day!

 0 flat tires or auto breakdowns!
7 times
 someone asked us
"Where are you from?"
"What part of NY are you from?
Do we really sound that New Yawkish????
 And then 1 of those people told us he was surprised because we're
not how he'd picture NYers.
Is that a compliment?

song sung,
 as we left our campground each morning:
(Thanks Willie)

But sometimes, 
< depending on how everyone was getting along. >

8 loads of laundry
 once we arrived home


~pounds of rocks the hubby brought home for his classroom
( and his own kids!)
But not from the national parks, of course, whose slogan is,
"Take only pictures; leave only footprints."
Unscheduled, unhurried, unplugged memories

 Thanks for the visit to my On the Road Again travel series!
I'll be back with lots more soon


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  1. Aww Chris what a fun post!! Love that lightening photo! And WOW your hike! 2 AM you left and took 9.5 hours to hike??? How in the world do you even plan for that with food especially???? You're amazing! Gosh, I so want my kids and family to see this part of our beautiful country! Maybe one day when our little one isn't so little anymore!??! So much to little time and money (for us!) But where there is a will there is a way right? :) Thanks so much for all your travel posts! Can I just take you with us next time to show us the "ropes"? :) Looking forward to your future posts!

    1. Definitely, Tra---when the time's right you'll know! It's a huge undertaking, embarking a cross country trip, esp with a large family such as yours!! But you'll get there!

      Thx for visiting, my friend!!

  2. So cool! I love that you kept track of all of this!

    1. Well I'm a list maker! And thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment!! xoxo

  3. Love it! It makes me look forward to our trip in September. I know y kids are already challenging each other to see who can see the most licence plates.
    I can't wait to see more pictures.

    1. Yes! The lic plate game is so much fun! we were actually shocked to find that so many states were represented.

      Thx for stopping by Monique!!

  4. What a fun way to remember and share your vacation! I haven't travelled at all in the US (only visited NY, Orlando and Breckenridge) so it's fascinating seeing everything through your eyes - well, camera lens. I'll make it there for a proper road trip one day! LOVE the lightening, pic, btw.

    1. Aw, thanks Lucinda...well for a non resident of the USA< you've seen a lot! After all, I'm partial to The Big Apple, as you know! And who could resist going to Disney??

      Thanks for stopping by Lucinda...I always love your visits!


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