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S: Paul's 2009 Road Trip Adventure

FC: Road Trip | Adventure | Paul's 2009

1: Just before noon on September 21, 2009 a young man placed the last few items into his car, swung by the local Subway for some road lunch and took off into the great unknown. With just a list of places to visit and no time limit or set plans, he drove, and drove, and drove...meeting up with friends, family and former colleagues (many for the first time in person), and checked out some of the more spectacular and unique landscapes in the Midwest and West coast of the great U.S. of A. When all was said and done, this young man was much richer in life experiences, although much, much, much poorer in actual money. The memories will last a lifetime and the police report even longer. The following is his story as told through the magic of the printed image...that young man was Paul and this is.... | Paul's 2009 Road Trip Adventure!

2: Badlands Sept 24 - 25

4: South Dakota Attractions Sept 24 - 26 | Mt. Rushmore | Crazy Horse Memorial

5: Rock Climbing at Custer State Park Sept 27 | Devil's Tower, Sept 28

6: Around Wyoming Sept 28 - 29 | Wind River Canyon

7: Grand Teton Sept 30 - Oct 1

8: Yellowstone, Oct 1 - 3

9: Fairy Falls | Old Faithful | Lower Falls

10: Artist's Point | Upper Falls | Yellowstone Lake | Lower Falls

12: Around Montana, Oct 5 | Garnet Ghost Town

13: Glacier, Oct 6 | Avalanche Lake | Lake McDonald

14: Near Two Medicine Entrance

15: Along the Appistoki Falls Trail | Sinopah Mountain

16: North Cascades Oct 8 - 9 | Diablo Lake

17: Hidden Lake Trail

18: Mt. Rainier, Oct 11 - 12

19: Narda Falls | Madcap Falls | Nisqually Glacier

20: Mount St. Helens Region, Oct 13 | Ape Cave

21: Crater Lake, Oct 15 - 16

22: Smith Rock State Park, Oct 16

23: Painted Hills State Park, Oct 17

24: Capitol Reef Oct 19 - 20

25: The Castle | Twin Rock 'Running Man'

26: Fremont River | Hickman Bridge

27: Canyonlands Oct 21 - 22 | Grandview Overlook | Shafer Trail | Orange Cliffs Overlook

28: Mesa Arch | At Upheaval Dome

29: Along the Murphy-Hogback Trail

30: Arches Oct 23 - 24 | South Window | Double Arch | The Windows | Turret Arch

31: Fiery Furnace | Delicate Arch

32: Partition Arch

33: At Double O Arch | Landscape Arch | Dark Angel

34: Around Utah Oct 19 - 24 | Along the Colorado River | Giles Ghost Town

35: Colorado National Monument, Oct 26 | Rocky Mountain National Park, Oct 27

36: Great Sand Dunes Oct 30 - 31

38: Around Colorado, Oct 27 - Nov 2 | Near Walsenburg | Frisco | Molas Pass Summit | Silverton

39: Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nov 1

40: Mesa Verde, Nov 2 - 3 | Square Tower House | Spruce Tree House | Petroglyphs

41: Cliff Palace

43: Grand Canyon Nov 4 - 6 | Along the Bright Angel Trail | Near Indian Garden Campground

44: Along the Colorado River

45: Near the Bright Angel Trailhead | Early morning at Plateau Point

46: Petrified Forest, Nov 8

47: Around Arizona Nov 9 | Meteor Crater | Glen Canyon Dam | Echo Cliffs

48: Bryce Canyon Nov 10 - 11 | Inspiration Point

49: Bryce Point

50: Yovimpa Point

51: Grand Staircase-Escalante, Nov 11 | Grosvenor Arch | Cottonwood Canyon Road

53: Zion, Nov 12 - 13 | Checkerboard Mesa | Zion Canyon

54: The Great Arch

55: Upper Emerald Falls | Lower Emerald Falls | Gateway to The Narrows

56: Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, Nov 16

57: Mojave, Nov 18 - 19 | Mitchell Caverns | Kelso Dunes

58: Inside the Lava Tube

59: Death Valley, Nov 20 - 21 | Badwater Basin | Dante's View | Corkscrew Peak | Devil's Golf Course

60: Artists Drive

61: Along Titus Canyon Road | Scotty's Castle | By Rhyolite Ghost Town

62: Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Nov 23 - 24

63: Tunnel Log | Atop Moro Rock

65: Yosemite, Nov 25 - 27 | Tunnel View | Bridalveil Falls | Mirror Lake

66: Yosemite Falls

67: Vernal Falls | Atop Vernal Falls | Atop Glacier Point

68: US-50 Across Nevada, Nov 28 - 29 | Lake Tahoe | The Shoe Tree

69: Great Basin, Nov 30 | Stella Lake | Wheeler Peak | Lehman Cave 'Shields'

70: Bonneville Salt Flats, Dec 1 | Reno, Dec 2

71: San Francisco, Dec 4 - 6 | Golden Gate Bridge | Golden Gate Park | The 'Full House' House

72: Lombard Street | Painted Ladies

73: Alcatraz

74: Point Reyes, Dec 7

76: Along the Pacific Coast Highway Dec 8 - 10

77: Hearst Castle

78: Los Angeles, Dec 10 - 13 | Santa Monica Pier | Griffith Park Observatory | Grauman's Chinese Theatre

80: Joshua Tree, Dec 14 - 15

81: 'Teddy Bear' Cactus

82: Saguaro, Dec 17 - 18 | Along the Hugh-Norris Trail | Atop Wasson Peak

84: Arizona Attractions, Dec 18 - 19 | Titan Missile Museum | Biosphere 2 | Tombstone

85: White Sands Dec 20

88: New Mexico Attractions, Dec 21 | Roswell | Very Large Array

89: Carlsbad Caverns, Dec 22 - 24 | Along the Yucca Canyon Trail

90: The Big Room | Left Hand Cave | King's Palace

91: Guadalupe Mountains, Dec 26 | El Capitan | Guadalupe Peak

92: Big Bend, Dec 27 | Mule Ears | The Rio Grande

93: Santa Elena Canyon

94: Daniel's Ranch-Hot Springs Trail

95: Texas, Dec 26 - 29 | The Alamo

96: Gulf Coast Region, Dec 31 - Jan 2 | New Year's Eve on Bourbon Street | City Park in New Orleans

97: South Atlantic, Jan 4 - 5 | Savannah | Congaree

99: All good things, and fortunately all bad things, must come to an end and so did Paul's trek come to an end the evening of January 7, 2010 when he 'broke' into his parent's apartment for a surprise how-ya-doin'. A trip that lasted 109 days, 19,815 miles, two cameras, eight car tires, one crystal meth 'awareness' sign, 96 different sleeping locations, three near 'kills' (of the animal variety) on the roadway, one 'totally' bogus speeding ticket, cost $2,268 in gas and passed through 31 different states & districts ended with a far greater appreciation of the vast openness and awesomeness of the USA as well as for insurance, reliable radio reception and GPS.

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  • Title: 2009 Road Trip Adventure
  • A pictorial journey through America's Midwest and West Coast National Parks (plus some added bonuses)!
  • Tags: arches, badlands, big bend, black canyon of the gunnison, bryce canyon, canyonlands, capitol reef, carlsbad caverns, congaree, crater lake, death valley, devil's tower, glacier, grand canyon, grand staircase-escalante, grand teton, great basin, great sand dunes, guadalupe, joshua tree, king's canyon, los angeles, mesa verde, meteor crater, mojave, mt. rainier, national parks, new orleans, north cascades, pacific coast highway, petrified forest, reno, road trip, sagauro, salt flats, san francisco, sequoia, universal studios hollywood, very large array, yellowstone, yosemite, zion
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