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ideclaireAll in all.....

visited 26 states (52%)Create your own visited map of The United States

I visited 26 states. Drove 12,666 miles in a little over 2 months. I still managed to miss Kentucky. Hrmmm. 3 years ago

ideclaireSo I went for it...... and I'm glad I did!

visited 18 states (36%)Create your own visited map of The United States

I drove from the Grand Canyon into San Diego, and got to Ocean Beach (aka an awesome, chill beach town on the PACIFIC) just in time for sunset. I’m pretty sure this may be the place I’m supposed to be. I’ve already met so many great people. The vibe here just feels right. I really wish I hadn’t “wasted” so much time and money other places. I wish I could stay here longer. Honestly, I wish I didn’t have to go home and I could just stay here forever. But alas…. I must return soon (like tomorrow) Who knows, though? Perhaps the sooner I get back to Baltimore, the sooner I can make and save money so I can come back….. for goodsies maybe. :) 3 years ago


I could “pop” over to San Diego. After looking at a map, I realize how close I am. It’s 7 1/2 hrs from where I am now (Flagstaff, AZ). Soooo close…... Damn! Decisions! 3 years ago

ideclaireI'm sure I'll regret this....

but I’ve decided not to go all the way to California on this “cross-country” road trip. I’m running out of time and money to experience the West coast the way I want to do it. It’s been a tough decision to come to, but I think it’s for the best. I can always make a separate trip in the future, perhaps with a few friends in tow this time. I’m sure I’ll have to field a ton of questions and comments about why I didn’t “go all the way” but I made it pretty damn far. And I’m proud of myself. Plus I’d like to come home with a little bit of money/ not have to borrow money for my bills (i.e. car payment). And I’m really missing my boyfriend. So I figure I can make a West Coast & Northern America trip sometime in the (hopefully-not-so-distant) future. 3 years ago

ideclaireFour Corners

visited 18 states (36%)Create your own visited map of The United States

I visited the Four Corners Monument today! I’d just spent over a week in New Mexico, am currently in Arizona, and will be spending time in both Utah and Colorado in the near future. But today, in the same instance, I was in all 4 states! 3 years ago

ideclaireWhere I've gone this trip (first month)

visited 14 states (28%)Create your own visited map of The United States3 years ago

ideclaireAll the states I've ever visited (at least driven through)

visited 27 states (54%)Create your own visited map of The United States3 years ago month in....

I left Baltimore 1 month ago today. Since I left I’ve been to WVA (ever-so briefly), Virginia (Skyline Drive), North Carolina, Tennessee (Chattanooga), Georgia (Savannah & Tybee Island), South Carolina (Folly Beach & Charleston), Florida (spent 2 weeks there—Delray, Florida City/ Everglades, the Keys, & Gulf coast), Alabama (really just drove through), Mississippi (drove through, then to Vicksburg while driving north), Louisiana (New Orleans & Baton Rouge), and Arkansas (visting my grandmother in Flippin & Eureka Springs). Tomorrow I’m heading back south, through Oklahoma, and down into Texas. I’ll stop in Dallas, then Houston (where my boyfriend is flying out to meet me), then we’ll head to Austin for a few days (where he flies out of).
According to my original “plan” I should be a bit further along by now (much closer to Cali) and I should have a bit more money left. Buuuut, that’s the beauty of this type of trip. I can make my own schedule, plan, itinerary, etc. As long as I make it to California (ideally, from San Diego to San Fransico) and am able to make it back to Baltimore…. now that I have a great BF that point’s kind of important. And I’ll proably be flat broke with a maxed out credit card, so I’m sure I’ll have to go back to work right away. But we can do the Northern route some other time.
I’m currently still quite behind in my journal. And I’m kicking myself because I’ve yet to post a single blog post about my trip (which is the whole reason I began my Tumblr account to start with). But there’s no set-in-stone rules about how these things must go. It’s just hard to balance travel time (driving), sightseeing, down time (rest), with reflection (journal, writing). Then there are the hundereds and hundreds of pictures I’ve taken. Choosing my favorite? Bahhh! That’s like choosing a favorite child or something.
Anyway, I’ve had a great time so far. I’ve seen some gorgeous sights (natural, architectural, and artistic), eaten some amazing food, met some cool people, and learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. It hasn’t all been grand. Some has been downright disapointing and/or frustrating. But all in all it’s been fantastic!

In the past month: I’ve been in 12 states and have driving nearly 5,000 miles. 3 years ago


I’ve created a Tumblr account for my trip. I’ll be blogging (still not a fan of that word, just sayin’) while on the road—writing about my destinations and adventures, posting pictures, etc.
Please follow me if you have Tumblr and think you’ll be interested in my journey. Thanks! 3 years ago

ideclaireTo Do List

Shit I need to get done before I leave:

- Camping equipment: research/shop around, purchase, practice
- Car: windshield, oil change, spare tire, AAA membership
- Music: iPod, upload/playlists
- Library: “fine”?, music, audio books
- PP: Well woman exam(3/8)
- People: Dad/family, Mom/family, Josie, Mel, Mothers (Marc, Deebo, Erin, Ali, Steph; Party 3/6, address book), etc.
- FB note (list destinations)
- Tumblr account/blog
- Planning: hostels, campsites, books, mag. articles/spirals, distances/times
- Pack: clothes/shoes/accessories, toiletries, first aid, food/cooler, books, movies, music, etc.

I feel like I have so much to do and time is just flying by. I know I work better with lists. So hopefully this will help me get my shit together!

Departing: about 24 days (just over 3 weeks) Eeeeeek! 3 years ago

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