2021 GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP: TO BUY LIST

I knew buying equipment for this trip would be expensive, but damn. Kyle keeps reminding me, “buy once, cry once” shortly followed by, “buy cheap, buy twice.” Thankfully, REI has their annual Anniversary sale starting at the end of this week, so some of the big ticket items we need to buy yet, we’ll be able to pick up at a discounted price.

REI Anniversary Sale details linked here

NEED / HIGH PRIORITY / ESSENTIALS
WANT / WISH LIST / NON-ESSENTIAL

Say Yes to Adventure Unisex Tee
Keep Nature Wild
$28

National Park Welcome Tee
Parks Project
$36

after the trip / documentation / memories

National Park Explorer’s Map
Explorer’s Map
$84

Half Dome Film Print
Abby Leighton
$20

Teton #2 Film Print
Abby Leighton
$20

Parks Book
Parks Project
$55

Until next time, Meryn


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2021 GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP: ITINERARY UPDATE

Kyle and I have been hard a work reserving campgrounds, securing backcountry permits, and hotel hunting for our road trip, just over 90 days to go! There have been some changes to the itinerary, and probably more to come. For now, this is our tentative itinerary. Most notably we opted to remove Cheyenne, Wyoming and instead add stops in Casper, Wyoming and Jackson, Wyoming. While we did lose a capitol city with skipping Cheyenne, we gained Olympia, Washington which I’m very excited to add to the list.

St. Louis, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Casper, Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Helena, Montana
Glacier National Park
Spokane, Washington
Seattle, Washington
North Cascades National Park
Seattle, Washington
Olympic National Park
Olympia, Washington
Mount Rainier National Park
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Crescent City, California
Redwood National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Carson City, Nevada
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
San Diego, California
Joshua Tree National Park
Death Valley National Park
Great Basin National Park
Zion National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Bryce Canyon National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Moab, Utah
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Montrose, Colorado
Black Canyon of the
Gunnison National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Garden of the Gods

Until next time, Meryn


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LIFE UPDATE: WE’RE QUITTING OUR JOBS + TAKING THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP

If I’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that life’s too short.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s true.

I’m quitting my job in 3 months and Kyle and I are hitting the road for a 10 week road trip covering 17 states and 23 national parks.

What started out as a dream is quickly becoming reality.

It’s now or never.

We are so excited for what adventures lay ahead on our great American road trip!

Tentative Itinerary

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis - Wikipedia

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City 2021: Best of Kansas City, MO Tourism - Tripadvisor

Lincoln, Nebraska

5 Reasons You Should Move to Lincoln, Nebraska | Nebraska Realty

Scotts Bluff National Monument

Cheyenne, Wyoming

ALTA Survey Cheyenne WY | ALTA Survey Cheyenne | ALTA Land Survey

Grand Teton National Park

Best Photography in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park: Peace, nature and wildlife | Visit The USA

Helena, Montana

Helena 2021: Best of Helena, MT Tourism - Tripadvisor

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana Project Center - IQP | Project Centers |  Global Project Program | Project Based Education | Project Based Learning |  WPI

Spokane, Washington

Spokane - STRATA

North Cascades National Park

Is North Cascades National Park Worth Visiting? - Van Life Wanderer

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is Beautiful : Washington

Olympic National Park

Epic Olympic National Park Itinerary of the Best Things to Do

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon Vacation Ideas | Visit The USA

Salem, Oregon

Weird and wonderful Salem, Oregon | Get Your Travel On | syvnews.com

Eugene, Oregon

BW Travel Zone Leisure Travel | 48 Hours in Eugene, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park

Explore Crater Lake National Park, Oregon's Mountain Jewel | Hertz

Redwood National Park

A Guide to Redwood National Park | RVshare.com

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Things to Do in Lassen Volcanic National Park | Visit California

Reno, Nevada

Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada Disinfection Service

Carson City, Nevada

Carson City, Nevada | LinkedIn

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Guide - Sunset - Sunset Magazine

Sequoia National Park

See the Best of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Kings Canyon National Park

Here Are the Best Trails for Hikers in Kings Canyon National Park - Golden  State

San Diego, California

Flights to San Diego | Air Transat

Joshua Tree National Park

Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park | Visit California

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park | park, California-Nevada, United States |  Britannica

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

Zion National Park

The Ultimate Zion National Park Travel Guide | Outside Online

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park | Utah National Park Trips

Capitol Reef National Park

Roads - Capitol Reef National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Moab, Utah

Best Places to Eat in Moab - A Foodie's Guide | Discover Moab

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park Train Vacation | Amtrak Vacations

Arches National Park

Plan your trip to Arches National Park | Roadtrippers

Grand Junction, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado - Wikipedia

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

7 Reasons Why Visiting Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Is Worth  It Red Around the World

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado - Outdoors Geek

Great Sand Dunes National Park

10 Things to Know Before Planning a Trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO - 4word

Garden of the Gods

Around Town: Flavor of Pueblo and Garden of the Gods Hiking

We are so excited for this adventure and the start to the next chapter of our lives together after we get back to Ohio! Be on the look out for more road trip planning and preparation content in the next few months.

Until tomorrow, Meryn