Going the Distance

Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
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Trip End Jun 11, 2012


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Howdy folks,

So I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about what I want to do next year after the ski season finishes in May and I've come up with a bit of a plan. The summer here in Canada is too short to waste so I thought that even though it is the most expensive time of year, I'd do some travelling and see how far I can travel in 4 months. I picked up a map (a favourite hobby of mine) and had a look at North America and thought about what I could do and where I could go and this is what I came up with!

First Month

Starting in May, I buy a family car with Steffie plus whomever else whats to come along in Calgary. Leaving at the start of June, we travel from Calgary through Drumheller (dinosaur fossils) to Edmonton (big shopping centre) then onto Jasper (hikes), Mt Robson (hikes) and Wells Gray Provincial Park (more hikes and canoeing!). Then we plunge down the Okanagan Valley through Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Kelowna to Osoyoos (Canada's only desert plus mini golf). Then there is a grand arc through the Fraser Canyon (Hell's Gate tram) to Whistler (everything) and down to Vancouver. From Vancouver we jump on the ferry to the island at Nanaimo and pretty much see everything except the northern parts. Finishing up in Victoria, we jump on the ferry to Port Angeles, USA.

Second Month

Olympic National Park for a couple of days then onto Seattle for Independence Day. Then comes the big driving part through Spokane and Missoula to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons (mountains, waterfalls, everything). A short stop at Thermopolis (world's largest hot springs) past the Devil's Tower (Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind) to Rapid City and Mount Rushmore. More big driving straight across to Chicago via Sioux Falls and the 3 M's (Minneapolis, Madison and Milwaukee)

Third Month

Heading back into Canada now via Detroit to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Into Quebec to stop at Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City and practice our French. Heading directly for the coast now into New Brunswich to Halifax (seafood). Ferry over to Saint John and back down to Portland, Maine in the states.

Fourth Month

Straight down the east coast here with all the big, old cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Big drives through the Carolinas down south to Florida finishing up at Disneyworld Orlando, Cape Canaveral and Miami. After that, it is anybodys guess.

Summary
Distance: 14,000km
Budget: $20,000 (for two)
Accommodation: Camping, Hostels and Motels

I bought a tent today at the sales for 60% off which is now the 4th tent I own (but the only one in this hemisphere!)

So what do you think? Feedback is appreciated!
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