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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 »

Alaska – By the Numbers:

Alaska, state forty-nine, by the numbers: Total miles: 1,111 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $280.05     Gas: $74.19     Other transport: $92 (toll and flight to Alaska)     Food: $92.25     Attractions: $10     Other: $11.61 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $142.85 (+ $200 for flight) = $342.85 Total under budget: $62.80 Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0… Read more »

Alaska – Days 1-5: Perpetual Daylight, Natural Wonders, and Wildlife Sightings

My flight into Anchorage landed a little before 1 a.m., not that I could tell. The clouds in the sky were a brilliant pink and I didn’t know if the sun was setting or rising. I’d completely forgotten about Alaska’s perpetual daylight in the summers. I must say, it’s pretty trippy. Since I got in so late/early I spent the… Read more »

Idaho – By the Numbers:

Idaho, state forty-six, by the numbers: Total miles: 469 Total money gained: $0 Total money spent: $140.52     Gas: $34.50     Other transport: $61.42 (oil change)     Food: $31.72     Attractions: $6     Other: $6.88 Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $57.14 Total over budget: $83.38, though really only $21.96 if you ignore the oil change. Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for… Read more »

Idaho – Days 1-2: Journeying to the Moon and Meeting Birds of Prey

My first evening in Idaho I stopped at Reed’s Dairy to try huckleberry ice cream. A previous host, from Mississippi, had sent me a link to the best ice cream places in each state and as I happened to be heading to a few of the cities on the list I figured I might as well try a couple of… Read more »

Wisconsin – Days 1-3: An Impromptu Tour, A Night Out, and A Night In

A few days before I arrived in Wisconsin Alex had invited me on a virtual date. I decided my first afternoon in Madison would be a perfect time for said date. Alex found this vegetarian place called the Green Owl Cafe and we FaceTimed while we had lunch together. I was at Green Owl Cafe in Madison, WI and he was at home in Houston,… Read more »

Missouri – Days 1-2: Catching up with Friends and Dealing with Darkness

I started my day in Kansas City at Loose Park. It is so beautiful there I could have stayed all day and been perfectly content. Spring is so pretty. I’m glad the flowers are finally blooming and everything is green again. It makes me so happy. When I arrived in Kansas City I realized a friend from college lives there… Read more »

Iowa – Days 1-3: Oh, Iowa…How I Love and Miss Thee

My first day in Iowa I went to Iowa City. I met up with my host and she took me on a walking tour of the University of Iowa and downtown Iowa City. Then she made dinner for us and we hung out and chatted away the evening. There were some pretty neat things about Iowa City, but my favorite… Read more »

Utah – Days 4-5: Salt Lake City and Arches National Park

My fourth day in Utah I went exploring in Salt Lake City. I found a place to park and as I made my way to the crosswalk I saw this sign: I nearly died laughing, but I used the flag nonetheless. Needless to say, I did not die crossing the street, as the added visibility of the orange flag clearly alerted drivers… Read more »

California – Days 4-10: The Best Tourist in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park

I started my first full day in Los Angeles with a trip to Venice Beach. A previous Couchsurfing host had given me a heads up of where to go to park for free and the beach was pretty empty down by the free parking so that was nice. I did yoga on the beach and then took a post-yoga morning… Read more »