The world. It’s our home, our backyard, our playground, and our benefactor, all rolled into one. Some people live their lives taking it at face value, walking through life without much regard for the mysteries and majesty our planet holds, cradled in it’s many countries and provinces. A mistake if there ever was one. There’s more to see out there than could ever be accomplished in a single lifetime, but that certainly isn’t going to stop us from trying.
Last year, the two of us traveled from Michigan to New Orleans, from there to Las Vegas, from Vegas to Los Angeles, and then to Seattle and all the way back across the northern United States, home to Ann Arbor. We called a 2009 Ford Focus our home over the course of 25 days. We saw 14 total National Parks, Monuments, and forests, and stayed in some of the biggest and brightest cities the U.S. had to offer, as well as visiting a plethora of other amazing sites and scenes. This year, we’re doing it again, but even bigger. Continue reading Introduction to West Coast Redux
The past three days we have spent traveling through Montana and Wyoming.
First stop was Missoula, MT, where we spent a little time at Arizona Diamondbacks Single A team, Missoula Osprey, watching them play.
The next day we headed to Yellowstone National Park and although we had our plans of staying there change, it was still an enjoyable experience to see even a part of it.
Continue reading Days 18-20: Missoula, MT-Yellowstone-Devils Tower
We spent the next two days traveling from Eureka, CA (Rough 12 hour drive) to Seattle, WA. We had originally planned to stop in Portland, OR for one of the nights but the hotel we had booked was supposedly in one of the few sketchy neighborhoods in Portland so we decided to scrap it and keep on driving to Seattle. Overall, I could describe Seattle as a giant Ann Arbor. Lots of local places and the marketplace was amazing, along with the museums. (See Matt’s post on the art)
Continue reading Day 16-17 Seattle, WA
Between bad wifi and no phone service, the past couple days have been hard for me to upload all the photos that I have been taking. Instead I will combine the past couple days into a few posts and have Yellowstone photos up hopefully tonight!
Continue reading Day 14-15 Oakland, CA – Eureka, CA
Today we started off going to Monterey, CA to see the awesome cliffs over the Pacific Ocean. We did not have a ton of time there but it was well worth the stop.
Then we headed to San Francisco and we went to Chinatown and then took the cruise out to Alcatraz.
Tomorrow we head to Oakland to catch an Oakland A’s game and then staying in Sacramento, CA.
Continue reading Day 13: San Francisco, CA
For Day 11, we ventured into LA, which yes the traffic is as bad as people say but it was well worth it to see some of the historic landmarks around the city. We went early to check out Hollywood Blvd. and we saw the Chinese Theatre. Then we drove up the the hills and found a spot to hike up and see the Hollywood Sign.
After spending a little time in Hollywood, we booked it out to the Santa Monica Pier and that was an incredible place to be where they had actual talented street musicians playing and lots of other things to do along with the beach!
Continue reading Day 11: Los Angeles
On the 10th day of our trip, we decided to fulfill our dreams as kids and visit Legoland, CA. The park, overall, is aiming its market towards kids but the two parts I was overly impressed with were Miniland, USA which featured mini Lego versions of major cities, ie New York, Vegas, San Francisco, etc. I was also impressed with the fact they had the original sets used in the Lego Movie.
It was nice being a kid again for one day but for day 11 we’re headed off to LA!
Continue reading Day 10: Legoland, CA
On the ninth day of our trip we stayed in Las Vegas, NV. On the way we of course stopped at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and also made a stop at Red Rock Canyon, which was absolutely phenomenal.
We wrapped up the day with walking 13 miles around the Strip. Thankfully it was only around 90 degrees!
Continue reading Day 9: Las Vegas, NV
We spent days 7 and 8 in the Flagstaff, AZ area and checked out both the Petrified Woods and Grand Canyon National Parks. I’ll let the photos do the talking for this post.
Next up we are in Las Vegas for day 9 of the trip.
Continue reading Day 7 & 8: Flagstaff, AZ
After Roswell we headed to Alburquerque, NM and it was one of the most stunningly beautiful cities we had be to so far. First we went straight to Sandia Peak and took the tram to the top of the mountain. You can fully read about it in Matt’s post.
Continue reading Day 6: Alburquerque, NM