10 states. 46 days. 61 stops.

That’s a wrap on legs 1 & 2 & 3 of my US National Park roadtrip & what a whirlwind it has been!!! I can’t believe I left my comfort zone & home in Florida 46 days ago with a one way flight & the wide open road ahead.

Leg 1 my dad & I criscrossed the upper Western states to see some iconic & awe inspiring national treasures for the first time ever.

Leg 2 I set off on my own to conquer some of my bucket list locations & get lost in the awesome nature that Utah is known for. I was truly blown away, as around every corner it just kept getting better.

Leg 3 was family time with both my brother’s families living within 2 hours of each other now – the babies are growing up so fast!

The myriad of emotions this week is extreme –

  • Sadness that it’s over
  • Proud for taking a chance & risking it all to pursue my dream
  • Rocking a stress free new lifestyle
  • Excitedly dreaming for what’s next
  • Nostalgia for “damn I did all that”??
  • Reminiscing of all the sleepless nights working events & facilities plus saving every spare $$$ – work hard & play hard
  • Exceedingly thankful for all the support & well wishes
  • Overall happiness & I’m just getting started….

A few fun stats of my escapades (maps included of my route):

  • 668,669 steps
  • 20.8k avg steps per day
  • 4,837 miles driven
  • 284 miles walked
  • 133 hrs driving
  • 61 locations visited – scheduled stops
  • 32 days 16 nights car camped (50%) + 14 days with family
  • 15 national monuments
  • 10 national parks
  • 10 bonehead falls/trips
  • 10 states – CO, NB, SD, WY, MT, ID, UT, AZ, NV, CA
  • 8 state parks
  • 2 national conservation areas
  • 1 dream ✅

Fears faced.

Obstacles overcome.

Cheers to taking chances. 🍻


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Leguin

#livingmydream #noregrets #spark #ownit #tripofalifetime #beatrailblazer #dreambig #liveinthemoment

Published by elliottcm

Love adventure travel, work hard & play hard, happy in both extremes - relaxing on a remote beach or rappelling down cliffs, take joy in simple things, love being on & near the water, visited 55 countries & 47 states so far in this crazy beautiful life! Goals by my 50th birthday - 50 states. 75 countries. 50 national parks. Be in Antarctica on my big day.

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