You may recall my February post, “HELP Readers, I’m in search of early Spring.” I received many great ideas and spent time marking maps with possible destinations. However, it became quickly apparent that my wishes were unrealistic. I was not going to find my idea of spring in March this year and I was much too impatient to wait until April to begin my spring jaunt.
Detailed posts will be forthcoming, but until then, here’s a summary of my spring jaunt.
Length of Trip: 78 days (February 27 to May 16)
States Visited: 8 (California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming)
National Parks, Monuments, Recreation Areas Visited: 10 (yes, I’ve been making good use of my annual pass)
Lassen Volcanic, California
Great Basin, Nevada
Natural Bridges, Utah
Capitol Reef, Utah
Chimney Rock, Colorado
Rocky Mountain, Colorado
Fossil Butte, Wyoming
Hells Canyon, Idaho
Miles Driven: 6,851 (averaged 87 miles per day, 25.2 miles per gallon, cost was around $700 at $2.15-$2.50 per gallon)
Activity Days: 49 (averaged 4.5 days per week)
Slept in Car (39 nights, with only 5 in campgrounds)
Friends/family (22 nights, special thanks to all who hosted me)
Tent (9 nights while backpacking – not nearly enough)
Cabin (4 nights on a backcountry ski adventure)
Motel (4 nights, two nights shared)
Photos Taken: 36 gigs (I’d call that a successful trip)
With summer just a few days away, I think it’s high time to share some of those photos and stories.