Hamiltons Cross-Country Adventure 2010

Aug 10

Dispatch #30

Published at 17:37
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We concluded our adventure yesterday with a midday arrival at Caroline's
parents house in Raleigh, NC. It has been an amazing 8 weeks! Thank you
all for your hospitality, messages, emails and calls. Hopefully, we
provided you with a few laughs, a break from work and trip ideas for the
future. To help wrap it all up, we compiled some stats on our trip that
highlight just how amazing it has been:

Number of nights on the road: 58
Number of miles driven: 10,659
Avg. miles per day: 184
# of nights camping: 20
# of nights with friends & family: 23 (thank you!!!)
# of nights in hotel: 15
# of states: 20
# of National Parks: 9
Cost of annual NP pass: $80
Total fees of parks visited: $156 ($76 savings!)
Favorite hike: Angel's Landing (Chris), Taos (Caroline)
Favorite restaurant: Geronimo in Santa Fe
Biggest surprise: OR coast
Best sunset: Sand Point, OR in Olympic NP
Best sunrise: Grand Canyon
Biggest disagreement(s): how long food would last in the cooler; how long
it takes Caroline to fix her coffee; number of bags necessary for trip;
Worst campsite: Zion (ants!), Gallatin NP campsite (proximity to grizzly
Favorite Roadfood Stop: Edgar's soda shop in Elk Point, SD
Best dive restaurant: Gus's Fried Chicken in Memphis, TN
Best BBQ: Rendezvous (ribs), OK Joe's (pulled pork)
Days that rain affected plans: 2 in CO
$s won in Vegas: $1,100!!!
Favorite wildlife: Elephant seals
Wish we had… More time for backpacking, a waterproof
tent, binoculars, gone ziplining
Funniest moment: Pulling Henry out of the Salmon River, ID
New wine love: Pinots from Anderson Valley, CA
Where we would live, if we could: Telluride, CO
Best people watching: Venice Beach, CA
Place(s) we are sorry to have missed: Crater Lake NP, San Diego, Mexico,
top of a 14er in CO, New Orleans, TX visiting friends, Memphis with the Cox
Best camp meal: Fish tacos
Number of posts: 29
Number of posts by Care vs. Chris: 4-25
Future trip ideas: Biking big sur, hiking across Olympic NP, windsurfing
camp in Hood River OR, a stay in granite park chalet, bluegrass festival in
telluride, ice climbing in Ouray, fly fishing trip
Hours of sleep lost to thoughts of bear: 20
Number of bear sightings: 1 ( a baby from safety of car)
Coolest new skill: Wake surfing (Chris), fly-fishing (Caroline)
Best bike ride: Golden Gate Bridge to Tiburon
Number of books Caroline read: 8
Number of books Chris read: 4
Number of new t-shirts: 4 (1 short of goal!)
Celebrity sightings: Lamar Odom losing money at a blackjack table in
the Wynn
# of In-N-Outs: Only 1, :(
Calories in a double-double animal style: 670
Pounds gained by participants: ????

Hope to see you soon!!

Chris and Caroline
  • Name: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Elevation: 0 m
  • Latitude: 35° 497North
  • Longitude: 78° 3841West


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