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by Scott

2013 US Road Trip 1 Second Per Day Video

September 3, 2013 in 2013 Western US by Scott

This was a fun little project that I learned about from a TED talk. The basic concept is that 1 second of video is enough to trigger the memory of the event – which it seems to do quite well. I’m excited to see how this video affects my recollection in the future. For those of you who didn’t experience it first-hand the effect might be somewhat limited so I’ll create a longer highlights video when I get the time.

by April

August 3rd, 2013 Trip Wrap-Up

August 22, 2013 in 2013 Western US by April

Total Mileage: 8,190 miles
Average Miles Per Day: 167 miles
Total Cost for Gas: $2,332.14
Average Cost Per Gallon: $3.67
Average Cost of Gas Per Day: $47.59
Average Miles Per Gallon: 12.59
Highest Price Per Gallon Paid: $4.14
Lowest Price Per Gallon Paid: $3.12 outside of Albuquerque on July 3rd

Brooke’s Favorite Camping Spot: Crater’s of the Moon – cave in camping site, best ranger talk, ice cave, and no pit toilets

Cody’s Favorite: Just repeat what his big sister said

Scott’s Favorites: Grand Canyon Bike Ride, Maverick Campground in New Mexico

April’s Favorites: San Francisco Bike Ride, Yosemite Bike Ride, Crater’s of the Moon campground

22 National Parks Visited:

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave, Devil’s Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave, Yellowstone, Petrified Forest, Grand Tetons, Oregon Caves, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Newberry Volcanic Monument, Redwood, Wupatki, Zion, Sunset Crater National Monument, Bryce Canyon, Buffalo National River, Grand Canyon, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Yosemite, Badlands

State Parks: California Humboldt Red Woods State Park, Abiquiu State Park in New Mexico, Keystone State Park in Oklahoma,  Salt Point in California, Valley of Fire in Nevada, Smith Rocks State Park in Oregon

States Visited: (new states for the kids are underlined)

Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Canoe Trips:

  • Buffalo River in Arkansas
  • Lewis Lake in Wyoming – Yellowstone
  • Eagle’s Nest Lake in New Mexico
  • Yosemite
  • Kings Canyon – Hume Lake
  • Abiquiu Lake in New Mexico
  • Posey Lake 50 miles East of Bryce,

Things Scott wishes he HAD brought:

  • warmer biking clothes, tiny container of motor oil for oiling the stove,

Things Scott might be ditching before the next big trip:

  • fishing equipment, Dutch oven, small cast iron frying pan (we used two big ones every day), extra two quart pot (one is enough)
by April

2013 West Road Trip – A few of our Favorite Things!

August 22, 2013 in 2013 Western US by April

by April

Junior Ranger Badges

August 22, 2013 in 2013 Western US by April

  • Crater Lake – Patch and Badge
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Wind Cave
  • Devil’s Tower National Monument
  • Jewel Cave – Patch and Badge
  • Yellowstone – Patch
  • Petrified Forest – Patch and Badge
  • Grand Teton – Patch
  • Oregon Caves
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
  • Newberry Volcanic Monument
  • Redwood
  • Wupatki
  • Zion
  • Sunset Crater National Monument
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Buffalo National River
  • Grand Canyon
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Yosemite (Wood Badge)


by April

Day 49: August 4th, 2013 Mill Bluff State Park, WI to Home

August 22, 2013 in 2013 Western US by April



Scott patiently waited for us all to wake up, but announced at 8:30 that he couldn’t sit any longer.  So we had a quick snuggling session and wrapped everything up for the last time on this trip.

While we were wrapping things up the ranger came by and noted that we hadn’t yet paid as we drove in rather late.  Last night’s bill? $49.  Ouch!  Camping was $14 a night, but for a day pass at WI state parks it cost $10.  Thus one night of camping in WI is $24.  We decided to go for the annual pass since we will be up in WI at Devil’s Lake in a few weeks with the extended family. The annual pass is $35.  It will be interesting to see how the prices have changed once the kids are old enough to go camping on their own.

When Scott and I traveled the country for a year in college, between 1997 and 1998, we took a picture of the ridiculous gas price in Death Valley.  The price was $1.76 a gallon.  We think the actual price of gas then was close to a dollar.  It is funny how what we thought was so ridiculous back then would be a welcome relief today.

After a super easy breakfast of cereal we were on the road by 9:30.  200 miles to go…

The last few miles have been some of the worst as far as kid behavior goes.  At least the distraction kept us from being too sad about wrapping up the trip.

We arrived home shortly after 1.  Time to clean up and then enjoy Sunday dinner with the extended family.

Final Mileage: 142,500

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