Washington, state forty-eight, by the numbers:
Total miles: 623
Total money gained: $2,200 (sold Charlie)
Total money spent: $149.63
Other transport: $11 (toll bridge and bus rides)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $142.85
Total over budget: $6.78
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $47
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($206.50 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $20 ($475 from $80)
Number of free meals: 9
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 4
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 2
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 4
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 2
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 2
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 8
Total “Am I done yet…?” moments: 0
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 26
Mt. Rainier National Park – I recommend the Rampart Ridge trail it’s about two hours and has a killer view at the top.
Pike Place Market – find David the bookseller and say hello for me!
Gum Wall – it’s kind of gross, but you’re basically already there at Pike Place Market anyway, so why not?
Space Needle – No really, it’s expensive, I know, so maybe go early or late when it’s cheaper, but it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT! The views are AMAZING!
Chihuly Garden and Glass – Also pretty expensive, but if you wait and do the later package with the Space Needle it makes them both worth it. Definitely go if you like glass art – Chihuly’s work is really interesting and the museum is fantastic.
WASHINGTON THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
World’s Largest Sitka Spruce Tree – I guess if it’s out of your way I wouldn’t make a special trip for it, but it is really freaking cool.
Ruby Beach – It’s really pretty, but I’m sure there are other less confusing beaches too.
Hoh Rainforest – it’s definitely cool, just not what I expected and quite an out of the way drive to get to, so if you’re crunched for time, I’d say skip it…
Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!