Around the World... One Journey at a Time. Around the World... One Journey at a Time.

2009 Journeys: Across the U.S.

by Kathy 10. June 2009 22:27

Over the years, Ben has repeatedly reminisced about how his family traveled around the United States for nine months in a converted bus when he was eight years old.  He has many wonderful memories of that trip, and he dreamed of taking our own children on a similar journey.  This summer we hit the road in our RV for a condensed two-month loop around the United States. 

For our trip east, we selected a southern route that would take us through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. 

Our westward route took us through West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and then home to California. 

We left on June 8th and returned home on August 8th, with our hearts full of awe from the many beautiful places we saw and the experiences we shared.  We also met many wonderful people and were able to spend some precious moments with family and friends along the way. 

What an amazing country we live in!!!  We all learned so much--about the complex cultural history of this nation, the incredible land formations, the diverse wildlife, crazy weather patterns, and so much more.  And the strong family bonds that we started with grew even tighter.  

Click on each "Day" below to read the details of our journey.

Day 1: California to Nevada Beach

Day 2: Nevada Beach to the Hickison Petroglyphs

Day 3: Hickison Petroglyphs to Great Basin National Park

Day 4: Great Basin National Park to Salt Lake City

Day 5: Salt Lake City

Day 6: Salt Lake City

Day 7: Salt Lake City to Moab

Day 8: Moab

Day 9: Moab to Silverton, Colorado

Day 10: Silverton

Day 11: Silverton to Bandelier National Monument

Day 12: Bandelier National Monument to Santa Fe

Day 13: Santa Fe to Alamagordo, New Mexico

Day 14: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Day 15: Alamagordo to Roswell, New Mexico

Day 16: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Day 17: Carlsbad to San Antonio, Texas

Day 18: San Antonio, Texas

Day 19: San Antonio to Lafayette, Louisiana

Day 20: Lafayette to New Orleans

Day 21: New Orleans

Day 22: New Orleans

Day 23: New Orleans to Central Alabama

Day 24: Central Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee

Days 25 and 26: Resaca, Georgia

Day 27: Resaca to Rock Hill, South Carolina

Days 28 and 29: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Day 30: Rock Hill to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Day 31: Cape Hatteras

Day 32: Cape Hatteras

Day 33: Cape Hatteras to Virginia Beach

Day 34: Virginia Beach to Outskirts of Washington, D.C.

Day 35: Washington, D.C.

Day 36: Washington, D.C.

Day 37 and 38: Delaplane, Virginia

Days 39 and 40: Williamsburg, Virginia

Day 41: Williamsburg to New River Gorge, West Virginia

Day 42: New River Gorge, West Virginia

Day 43: New River Gorge to Twin Knobs Recreation Area, Kentucky

Day 44: Twin Knobs Recreation Area to Rend Lake, Illinois

Day 45: Rend Lake to St. Louis, Missouri

Day 46: St. Louis

Day 47: St. Louis to Central Iowa

Day 48: Central Iowa to St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 49: St. Paul, Minnesota

Day 50: St. Paul to Mitchell, South Dakota

Day 51: Mitchell to Badlands National Park

Day 52: Badlands National Park to Custer, South Dakota

Day 53: Custer, South Dakota

Day 54: Rapid City, South Dakota

Day 55: Devil's Tower to Cody, Wyoming

Day 56: Yellowstone National Park (Old Faithful)

Day 57: Yellowstone National Park (Yellowstone Lake)

Day 58: Yellowstone (Canyon and Roosevelt Areas)

Day 59: Yellowstone (Mammoth Springs) to the Grand Tetons

Day 60: Grand Tetons To Park City, Utah

Day 61: Park City to California Border

Day 62: Home!

Comments (2) -

9/11/2009 9:11:30 AM #

Tom Wilson

Continuing to enjoy the updates, following your adventures across the country as you've done.  Lots happening at Crazy Horse, progress more evident, it seems, nearly every day as preparations are underway for starting work on the hand and the horse's head.  

Best to all,

Tom Wilson United States | Reply

9/11/2009 9:46:33 AM #


Hi, Tom!  Glad to hear that you are enjoying our stories!  Our visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial was one of the highlights of our trip--I should be posting that story next week.  I received the Crazy Horse newsletter last week, and I continue to watch in amazement as the horse head and hand evolve.
Warmest wishes,

Kathy United States | Reply

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Places We’ve Been, w/Quick Links

   Bumthang Valley
   Gom Kora
   Paro Valley
   Punakha Dzong
   Sangdrup Jongkhar
   Wangdi Phrodrang

   Janko Marca
   La Paz
   Laguna Colorada
   Laguna Verde
   Salar de Coipasa
   Salar de Uyuni
   San Pablo
   Santa Rosa
   Sud Lipez
   World’s Most Dangerous Road

   Banff National Park
   Battle Hill Nat'l Hist. Site
   Boya Lake Prov. Park, BC
   Burns Lake Bike Park
   Canyon Sainte-Anne
   Dawson Creek
   Eastern Townships
   Fort Nelson
   Jasper National Park
   Kluane Lake, YK
   'Ksan Historical Village
   Lake Louise
   Liard Hot Springs
   Niagara Falls
   Quebec City
   Thousand Islands
   Vancouver Island
   Watson Lake

   Forbidden City
   Great Wall at Mutianyu
   Hong Kong
   Summer Palace
   Terracotta Warriors
   Tiananmen Square
   Yungang Caves

Costa Rica
   Arenal Volcano
   Finca Corsicana
   Hanging Bridges
   Manuel Antonio
   Poas Volcano
   Proyecto Asis
   Sky Trek Zip Lining
   Venado Caves


   Amazon Rainforest
   Chaquiñan Bicycle Trail
   La Mitad del Mundo
   Napo Wildlife Center
   Papallacta Hot Springs
   Proyecto DCR
   Yasuní National Park


   Baja California
   Frida Kahlo Museum
   Hierve el Agua
   Marietas Islands
   Mexico City
   Monte Alban
   Oaxaca City
   Puerto Angel
   Puerto Escondido
   Puerto Vallarta
   San Agustin
   San Martin Tilcajete
   Santa Fe de la Laguna
   Santa María el Tule
   Studio of Jacobo Angeles
   Teotitlán del Valle

   Dead Vlei
   Elondo Village
   Etosha Nat'l Park
   Hippo Pools Camp
   Hoba Meteorite
   Khowarib Camp
   Moose McGregor's Bakery
   Mowani Camp
   Ngepi Camp
   Nkasa Lupala
   n'Kwzi Camp
   River Dance Lodge
   Seisriem Camp
   Treesleeper Camp

   Cañón del Pato
   Cerro de Pasco
   La Oroya
   Machu Picchu
   Nuevo Jaén
   Tingo Maria
   Yungay Memorial


South Africa

   Rock of Gibraltar
   Santillana del Mar

United States National Parks
   Arches National Park, UT
   Badlands National Park, SD
   Bandelier National Monument, NM
   Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
   Cahokia Mounds (UNESCO site), IL
   Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
   Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Cape Hatteras National Shoreline, NC
   Capitol Reef National Park, UT
   Civil Rights Memorial, AL
   Death Valley National Park, CA
   Denali National Park, AK
   Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY
   El Morro National Monument, NM
   Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
   Glacier National Park, MT
   Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
   Grand Tetons National Park, WY
   Great Basin National Park, NV
   Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
   Joshua Tree National Park, CA
   Kaloko-Honokohau Nat'l Hist. Park, HI
   Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, NM
   King's Canyon National Park, CA
   Martin Luther King Jr. Nat'l Hist. Site, GA
   Mesa Verde National Park, CO
   Montezuma's Castle Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Monticello, VA
   Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
   Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
   Olympic National Park, WA
   Petrified Wood National Park, AZ
   Pinnacles National Monument, CA
   Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Nat'l Hist Pk, HI
   Pu'ukohola Heiau Nat'l Historic Site, HI
   San Antonio Missions Nat'l Hist. Park, TX
   Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ
   Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ
   Washington Monument
   White Sands National Monument, NM
   Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK
   Wright Brothers National Memorial in NC
   Yellowstone National Park, WY
   Yosemite National Park, CA

United States, Cities and Places
   The Alamo, TX
   Alaska Wildlife Conservation Cntr.
   Alpine Loop in CO
   Anchorage, AK
   Antares Junction, AZ
   Arctic Circle, AK
   Barrel Oak Winery in VA
   Biloxi, MS
   Bottle Tree Farm in CA
   Calico Ghost Town, CA
   Canfield Mountain Trail System, ID
   Cape St. Vincent, NY
   Carson City, NV
   Carter Caves State Park in KY
   Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, CA
   Child's Glacier, AK
   Circle B Chuckwagon Show in SD
   City Museum in MO
   Cody, WY
   Corn Palace in SD
   Crazy Horse Memorial in SD
   Custer State Park, SD
   Dalton Highway, AK
   Dinosaur Tracks in AZ
   Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC
   Dry Falls (Sun Lakes-Dry Falls), WA
   Fairbanks, AK
   Front Royal, VA
   Gallup, NM
   Goffs, CA
   Grand Canyon Caves, AZ
   Grand Canyon Skywalk, AZ
   Grave Digger Monster Truck in NC
   Great Salt Lake, UT
   Hackberry General Store in AZ
   Hannibal, MO
   Hatteras Island, NC
   Hawaii (Big Island)
   Hickison Petroglyphs, NV
   Holbrook, AZ
   Hole in the Rock, UT
   Homer, AK
   Honey Island Swamp Tour in LA
   Hoover Dam, NV
   Hyder, AK
   Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. in AZ
   John’s Peak OHV Area, OR
   Kailua-Kona, HI
   Keepers of the Wild Nature Park in AZ
   Kennecott, AK
   Kennecott Copper Mine in UT
   Kingman, AZ
   Lake Havasu, AZ
   Lake Tahoe, NV
   Las Vegas, NV (winter 2010)
   Little Brown Church in IA
   London Bridge in AZ
   Loneliest Road in America, Hwy. 50, NV
   Los Angeles, CA
   Lost Colony Show on Roanoke Isl., NC
   Lowe’s Speedway in NC
   Mardi Gras World in LA
   Mark Twain Museum in MO
   Meteor Crater, AZ
   Million Dollar Highway, CO
   Minnesota Zoo
   Mitchell, SD
   Moab, UT
   Moab, UT (dirt biking)
   Montgomery, AL
   Montpelier, ID
   Navajo Nation, AZ
   Needles, CA
   Nevada Beach, NV
   Newberry Springs, CA
   New River Gorge, WV
   New Orleans, LA
   Niagara Falls 
   North Pole, AK
   Oatman, AZ
   Old Faithful Geyser in WY
   Omak Stampede, WA
   Painted Desert, AZ
   Park City, UT (summer)
   Plymouth, NC
   Portage Valley, AK
   Portland, OR
   Prospect OHV Trail System, OR
   Resaca, GA
   Riverside State Park, WA
   Rock City in TN
   Rosa Parks Library and Museum in AL
   Roswell, NM
   Russian River, AK
   Salt Lake City, UT
   San Antonio, TX
   San Diego, CA
   San Juan Islands, WA
   San Francisco, CA
   Santa Catalina Island, CA
   Seattle, WA
   Sedona, AZ
   Shoe Tree in CA
   Shoe Tree in NV
   Silverton, CO
   Sonora, TX
   St. Louis, MO
   St. Paul, MN
   Talkeetna, AK
   Telluride, CO
   Route 66
   Twin Knobs Recreation Area in KY
   Virginia Beach, VA
   Washington D.C.
   Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in IL
   Williamsburg, VA
   Winom Frazier OHV Area, OR
   Winslow, AZ
   Zion National Park, UT

Planning Our Adventures

For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

Where Are We Now?

Click here to discover where we are now, as well as our uncoming travel plans.

Words for the Heart

“. . . and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin