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The Journey is the Destination: A Reflection Back

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Well... This post is long overdue...We've been back in Vermont for over a month. It's crazy to think just a short while ago we were living on the road in Rhonda "The Vamper" Honda. With memories and experiences that will never escape us, Matt and I are back in the real world.

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Once arriving back in Vermont it was both assuring yet sad. We had done it! We made it around the country with fond memories and experiences that no one can ever take away from us.

We made through
- 71 days
- 14,400 miles
- 24 states
- 2 countries
- 23 National Parks (including National Monuments/ Memorials/ Shorelines)

(There is a list of all of them below).

We were so blessed to be healthy, strong and able to travel. America is beautiful and more people need to get our and explore all that this country (and world) has to offer. Growing and learning is all part of the adventure of life. We learned more about ourselves and about each other every day.

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Some Important Things We Learned.

1.) Take all opportunities. You never know if you’ll have another chance again.

2.) Don’t get so hungry you get angry. Food is a necessary part of life and also necessary from going completely insane.

3.) Free is a good thing yet when things are cheap you usually get what you pay for in quality (most of the time)

4.) Don’t take the interstate. Back roads are way more interesting.

5.) The Midwest really is as boring as people say

6.) Canadian money is magnetic (except for pennies)

7.) Don’t rent equipment from gas stations (see number 3 about cheap items)

8.) In the west, always get gas (even if you have half a tank)

9.) After driving a long stretch of time with no gas station, when you enter a town of substantial size do not get gas at the first gas station you see, it
usually is a higher price than everywhere else

10.) May is not the best time to travel around the US. In some parts of the country even the beginning of June is still considered “Winter”. September
would have been better (to still avoid tourist season).

11.) Talking things out instead of keeping things inside is the best way to solve issues.

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The National Parks, Monuments, Memorials & Shorelines We Visited

Apostle Islands National Shoreline, Wisconsin
Arches National Park, Utah
Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Canyon lands National Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Glacier National Park, Montana
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park, Washington
Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, Michigan
Redwood National Park, California
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Zion National Park, Utah


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So Many Things Helped Us Along the Way

Useful Items, Apps & Website we used along the way

1.) Plug in Cooler - http://www.igloocoolers.com/Thermoelectric/All-Thermoelectric/40-Quart-Cool-Chill

2.) RoadPro 12-Volt 20oz. Smart Car Pot http://www.roadproonthego.com/products/portable-electronics/sp/12volt-20oz-smart-car-pot/

3.) Camp Chef Grill - http://www.campchef.com/stoves/two-burner-stoves/explorer-two-burner-stove.html

4.) Natural Air Purifier and plug in essential oils (no stinky car!) http://mosonatural.com &
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ICPW2C4/ref=pe_385040_30332190_TE_3p_M3T1_ST1_dp_1

5.) Gas Buddy App - http://www.gasbuddy.com – Found us the cheapest gas along our route

6.) Road Trippers - http://www.roadtrippers.com – We found so many cool off the beaten track attractions with this website

7.) Trip Advisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com – It never let us down with excellent restaurant selections! (Except for telling us about
restaurants that no longer exist)

8.) Road Atlas and Google Maps combined– to help us locate precisely where we were and how to get to our next destination

9.) Audio Book – The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings

10.) Any place that had Wifi – for obvious reasons


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Matt Grilling on the Best Travel Grill Ever. So Light and Easy to Setup!

So all-in-all we had the time of our lives and have fallen even more head over heels for each other. We can’t wait to begin the next chapter in life and see where our travels will take us next…

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America the Beautiful

This featured blog entry was written by MakingMoves2014 from the blog Our Great American Road Trip.
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Posted Mon, Jul 28, 2014 | Comments