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2015 August 16

Just got home from a nice, long Madison-to-San Mateo road trip home with my brother.

It was quite the adventure and I’m glad life circumstances sorted themselves out to push me towards this trip.

road trip map

By the numbers:

  • Spanned 10 days/9 nights
  • Spent 5 nights tent camping, 1 night tipi camping, 2 nights hotel, 1 night airbnb room
  • Explored and camped at 4 national parks:
    • Theodore Roosevelt NP
    • Badlands NP
    • Yellowstone NP
    • Grand Teton NP
  • Saw some other notable sites:
    • Mount Rushmore
    • Crazy Horse Memorial
    • Craters of the Moon
  • Bought 1 “America the Beautiful” National Parks annual pass – come visit more parks with me for free!
  • Drove around 3,600 miles
  • Included 9 states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, California) – now up to 42 on my state count
  • Cost $1,400, and that’s accounting for gas for a full carload with all of my belongings.

I’ll be writing up details on each day, but to sum up the trip, our national parks are absolutely beautiful.

I tried to take a lot of pictures, but there were so many more sights and sounds you had to be there for. If you ever get the opportunity to tour the country, do it!

2 Responses
  1. August 18, 2015

    wow. so glad to hear about your trip home. congrats. so many states and parks. so cool!
    how ever did you manage to fit everything of yours plus the camping stuff in the car?

    • Stanley Quan permalink*
      August 19, 2015

      It was a really great trip seeing all the parks.

      I sold all of my big furniture, and packed the rest of my stuff into my car! Had to make some decisions on what was important to keep and what could be tossed haha. Camping-wise we kept it really simple with just a tent and sleeping bags.

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