We've been back in Colorado for a little over a week now, and we're still working on settling back in and gearing up at the same time. Bill's out right now getting our trailer into a storage area. Not only did it take us a while to clean out almost nine months of living from the trailer, it took us a while to get up the nerve to face the task. But we have, and it's done, and soon we'll start planning our next adventure. Alaska. Before that, though, we'll have some weekend trips thrown in for good measure.
Just to give you an idea of the absolute enormity of our trip, I'll give you the quick and dirty numbers I have at my finger tips. We travelled just about 50,000 miles on this journey of 406 days. I accumulated over 8,000 photos (of varying quality), K earned somewhere near 70 Jr. Ranger badges and patches from a variety of national parks/monuments/recreation areas as well as state parks and US Forest sites. NB and J also did a ton of Jr. Ranger programs, but K did all that she could. We crossed international borders 20 or so times (we did quite a bit of back and forth when we stayed in Canada our last time) and managed to check out the only park run jointly by Canada and the US. We drove through 47 states, camping overnight in 39. For those interested, we managed to miss out on Delaware, in addition to Hawai'i and Alaska.
Favorites? Oh, that's a tough one. We enjoyed so much about our trip. When we've had a chance to sift through all the pictures, we might end up with a favorite, but I'm doubting we will.
I'll come back and give more numbers for our trip later. Right now I need to continue setting up our space in my parents' basement, get ready for a new homeschooling year, and come up with our new permanent home. Keep checking back, I'll keep you updated. Thanks for following our journey--I hope you've enjoyed it as well!