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The Big Road Trip

reasons
Jan. 10, 2013 | Some dreams won't let go; sometimes they become us. For most of the last ten years,...

preparations
Jan. 12, 2013 | (The picture on top of this post is from when I used the truck to move, not from...

route
Jan. 13, 2013 | I made a list of destinations I wanted to hit, a variety of rock climbing, hiking,...

departure
Jan. 18, 2013 | Packing took two full days. Of course it wasn't just packing, but also cleaning,...

grid
Jan. 21, 2013 | My aunt and uncle are surrounded (in a manner of speaking) by other woodsy folks....

blisters
Jan. 24, 2013 | After a couple more days with my aunt and uncle, it was time to move on. The first...

alabama
Jan. 25, 2013 | On the way to Horse Pens 40, I passed lookout mountain for the first time. Wow! It's...

chickasawhay
Feb. 1, 2013 | It's nice to think that once, very long ago maybe the stars were the first thing...

mississippi
Feb. 2, 2013 | Crossed into Mississippi, where a dopey older couple tried to get a stuffed monkey...

investigations
Feb. 3, 2013 | I drove south to the coast, staying off the interstate, and stopping in at Vancleave,...

paddling
Feb. 4, 2013 | I met Rachel in the parking lot of the visitor center of the National Seashore. I'd...

gulfed
Feb. 5, 2013 | Now it was time to head west, through New Orleans, towards my next stop in Austin....

louisiana
Feb. 6, 2013 | The next morning was blanketed in a dense, beautiful fog. After refueling me, the...

austin
Feb. 12, 2013 | I'd been traveling long enough at this point to feel more than ready to be indoors...

seminole
Feb. 14, 2013 | My (loose) rule with driving on this trip has been: no more than 6 hours in one day....

treacherous
Feb. 16, 2013 | After the extra day or two in Seminole Canyon, I drove to Big Bend. I stopped for...

mariscal
Feb. 17, 2013 | My campsite was actually shared by another software developer named Peter, who it...

pinnacles
Feb. 18, 2013 | In the afternoon, I hiked in to a campsite in the Chisos mountains, right in the...

emory
Feb. 19, 2013 | My longest day of hiking in Big Bend began with a (fairly) early rise, and an MRE...

shoes
Feb. 21, 2013 | Do you like sustained closeups of patchy, overgrown beards? Improvised, trite lyrics...

twisted
Feb. 22, 2013 | In the morning, I made pancakes from scratch, which has become one of my go-to trail...

conversations
Feb. 24, 2013 | I'd made arrangements a few days before to visit a man named John Wells, who's been...

mcdonald
Feb. 25, 2013 | When I awoke, it was still early and very cold. I wanted to return to the office...

hueco
Feb. 27, 2013 | In Spanish, 'hueco' means 'bowl, depression.' In the case of Hueco Tanks, it refers...

moonshine
March 5, 2013 | While I was at Hueco, I needed a project. I had originally hoped to work on Animal...

knots
March 10, 2013 | A couple of my new friends helped me make pasta from scratch. With only limited tools,...

sands
March 13, 2013 | Next I made my way to White Sands National Monument, not far from El Paso. I'd been...

ghosts
March 14, 2013 | As was pretty typical by this point, I picked out the remotest/most scenic route...

railroaded
March 15, 2013 | About noon or so I left Lake Valley and drove to Gila National Forest, where I was...

tour
March 15, 2013 | I've gotten a request for a tour of my climbermobile, so I filmed this:

lists
March 16, 2013 | Right now, I'm at Cottonwood campground in Apache National Forest. (But the cover...

frustration
March 18, 2013 | After I filmed the tour video, I headed out and got some help at a ranger station...

grandest
March 20, 2013 | I slept in a bed for the first time in two months when I spent the night in Springerville,...

condor
March 22, 2013 | The next morning, I myself went out to the scenic vista, about 45 minutes away, and...

slots
March 25, 2013 | As before, I'm only adding the second- or third-tier shots I took on this day, because...

creeked
April 11, 2013 | I'm watching the tail end of only my second or so Penguins game this year, so I am...

partings
April 12, 2013 | At the tail end of my stay in Indian Creek, which lasted for almost 2 weeks, the...

joe's
April 13, 2013 | A maintenance day in Moab was extremely productive: I washed myself and my clothes,...

ogden
April 14, 2013 | A couple of the friends I'd made at Indian Creek are married and live in Ogden. When...

jackson
April 15, 2013 | I spent the day driving to Jackson, Wyoming, just south of the Tetons. When I arrived,...

turning
April 17, 2013 | I awoke to a sleeping chamber encased in ice formed from my own breath. In fact,...

return
May 12, 2013 | Well, that wasn't the intention, to leave the blog open-ended and unfinished. But...