Category Archives: Southwest

Blog posts from 50 States in 50 Weeks in the Southwestern part of the U.S..

50 States in 50 Weeks – By the Numbers: The Final Countdown

From Maine to Washington and Alaska to Hawaii, here’s the final numbers recap of 50 States in 50(ish) weeks: TIME: Total days on the road: 330 (a day over 47 weeks – which doesn’t count the four day break I took in Massachusetts at the beginning or the six days I took to see Alex for his birthday before heading to… Read more »

Arizona: By the Numbers

Arizona, state twenty-six, by the numbers: Total miles: 1,121 Total money earned: $0 Total money spent: $205.53     Gas: $61.50     Other transport: $33.80 (car part)     Food: $42.98     Attractions: $53.25     Other: $14 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $171.42 Total over budget: $34.11 (minus the car part would only be $0.31…) Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0… Read more »

Arizona – Days 1-6: Two Canyons, A Gorge, and Some Cacti

Why?! I had no idea it got so cold in Arizona. I literally thought it was always at least 70 degrees. Yeah, apparently that is completely false. My first day in Arizona it was hovering around 30 degrees. No, thank you! I started the day with a trip to Four Corners Monument. And just to be clear, even though the original… Read more »

By the Numbers: Whoa-oh I’m Halfway There…

As of New Mexico, I’ve made it halfway through my trip and been to 1/2 of the United States! Huzzah! In honor of that accomplishment, here is a recap of the cumulative numbers and 25 highlights of the trip so far: Total miles: 15,921 Total money earned*: $369.53 *One day freelancing in NYC, one trip to the slots in Atlantic City,… Read more »

New Mexico: By the Numbers

New Mexico, state twenty-five (woo, half-way!), by the numbers: Total miles: 1,653 Total money earned: $0 Total money spent: $226.30     Gas: $83.60     Other transport: $1.75 (parking)     Food: $90.12     Attractions: $35     Other: $15.83 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $257.13 Total under budget: $30.83 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $17 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $10… Read more »

New Mexico – Days 5-9: A Sacred Pilgrimage, A Disappointing Art Museum, and A Native Introduction

I took the scenic route to Santa Fe to check out the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. I was probably only five miles away, but suddenly the winding dirt road was covered in snow and ice and I thought, man if I get stuck up here I’m totally screwed. I didn’t have cell service and there weren’t many occupied looking places around, so when I… Read more »

New Mexico – Days 1-4: Hot Springs and White Sands, Caverns and Aliens, and Petroglyphs and Creeping

My first day in New Mexico involved a lot of driving. My first stop was Truth or Consequences. A friend had recommended I go there and it had a cool name, so I decided to check it out. When I got there I did a Google search to see what there was to do there and one of the top… Read more »

Texas: By the Numbers

Texas, state twenty-four, by the numbers: Total miles: 1,440 Total money earned: $0 Total money spent: $271.08     Gas: $82.75     Other transport: $79.04 (parking and oil change)     Food: $67.34     Attractions: $41.95     Other: $0 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $271.42 Total under budget: $0.34 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $97 North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $8 ($141… Read more »

Texas – Days 8-9: Still Nurturing My Nerdy Inner Child at the McDonald Observatory

The drive through Central and Western Texas was surprisingly stunning. I couldn’t believe all the changes in scenery in just seven hours. It was incredible. I made it to the McDonald Observatory with just enough time to eat my lunch before the Solar Viewing program started. During the program I learned that the next total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. will be… Read more »

Texas – Days 4.5-7: An Unexpected (But Totally Awesome) Dream Come True in Austin

Once I got to Austin I was a little museum-ed out from the past few days. However, I was feeling super pumped about getting back up to date on the blog, especially with the halfway point of the trip coming up. So, I decided to use the rest of the day as a work day and blog my heart out. Which… Read more »