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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 »

Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Hawaii, state fifty (holy moly, I actually made it…), by the numbers: Total miles: 32 (I didn’t have a car, but got to borrow one for part of a day on Oahu to go to the beach.) Total money gained: $300.14 (Bee farm family paid me after I finished my hours and a lady gave me $0.25 after I gave… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 43-64: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – A Private Beach, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and Making Friends in the Ocean

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 43-64: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – A Private Beach, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and Making Friends in the Ocean

One day I restarted my computer because it was being slow but when it turned back on it wouldn’t let me log in. It got frozen on the login page. It wouldn’t let me type or click anywhere. Ahh! After trying fruitlessly for a few days to get it to work I finally accepted that I’d have to take it in. Lame…. Read more »

Hawaii – Days 36-42: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hitchhiking, the Best Worst Day, and Other Adventures

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 36-42: Hawai’i (aka the Big Island) – Hitchhiking, the Best Worst Day, and Other Adventures

In trying to decide what to do with my life after this 50 States in 50 Weeks road trip I contemplated a Montessori teaching training. But before I decided either way, I wanted to observe a Montessori classroom in action. I found two Montessori schools on the Big Island and made an appointment to observe a classroom at the one closest… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 8-16: Maui – Colorful Beaches, Life Above the Clouds, Waterfalls, and the Beauty of the Sun

Brittany Swanson   July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 8-16: Maui – Colorful Beaches, Life Above the Clouds, Waterfalls, and the Beauty of the Sun

My first night in Maui I stayed at a hostel called the Banana Bungalow. I hadn’t been able to find Couchsurfing hosts for a few nights on Maui and figured a hostel would be better than sleeping on the beach. Even if it was the first time on my trip I had to pay for accommodation… Shortly after I arrived and… Read more »

Hawaii – Days 1-7: Oahu – Beaches, Hiking, and All the AcroYoga

Brittany Swanson   July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – Days 1-7: Oahu – Beaches, Hiking, and All the AcroYoga

When I graduated high school I went to Oahu with my mom and grandma. My grandma really wanted to go to the USS Arizona Memorial, but we waited until the last day we were there and then they ran out of tickets before we got to see it. I still feel really bad about that, so I wanted to make sure visiting… Read more »

Alaska – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   June 20, 2016   Comments Off on 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

Brittany Swanson   June 20, 2016   Comments Off on 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 »

Oregon – Days 1-8: Ocean Breeze, Sweet Treats, and Keeping Portland Weird

Brittany Swanson   June 13, 2016   Comments Off on Oregon – Days 1-8: Ocean Breeze, Sweet Treats, and Keeping Portland Weird

So, fun fact: Oregon, like New Jersey, has full service gas stations. However, unlike New Jersey, I didn’t know this beforehand… So of course, I started to get out of the car while the attendant was coming to see me and it resulted in an awkward conversation wherein I kept the door half open and talked to him through the… Read more »

Idaho – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   May 23, 2016   Comments Off on 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 »