Alaska: Part Three - Prince William Sound

Alaska: Part Three - Prince William Sound

Catch up on the third part of my Alaska adventure. Hear about Prince William Sound, my obsession with glaciers, and the final part of my two weeks up north. Alaska is a truly unbelievable place, and though I think my pictures are good, they don't do it justice. 

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Alaska: Part Two - The Kenai Peninsula

Alaska: Part Two - The Kenai Peninsula

Following our Denali trip, we made our way south through the Kenai Peninsula to check out a few small towns along the coast. Hope and Homer proved to be just a picturesque and scenic as everywhere else in Alaska, something I'm starting to get sick of saying. A little camping and some good food provided for a great weekend yet again.

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Alaska: Part One - Denali National Park

Alaska: Part One - Denali National Park

So remember when I said the Grand Tetons were the most beautiful place on Earth I'd ever seen? Well, I lied. Alaska might possibly be the most picturesque place in North America. Denali National Park, one of the oldest Nat'l Parks in the U.S. and home to the tallest peak in North America, Mount McKinley, is rumored to be heaven on Earth, an oasis of mountainous beauty nestled way up in the northern reaches of the continent. It sounded like a place I wanted to visit, especially considering my main goal during my year of traveling: see as many beautiful places on this planet as possible. Without much convincing, it became the easiest $600 plane ticket I've ever purchased.

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The Rockies and a whole lot of nothingness

The Rockies and a whole lot of nothingness

I left early out of San Francisco and started making my way east once again, a direction I haven't driven in over five weeks. During the day of driving on Wednesday, I mostly just tried to crank out miles, but I did make a quick pitstop at Lake Tahoe just to check out what it was all about. 

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San Francisco

San Francisco

After my late arrival to San Francisco on Monday night, I enjoyed a nice dinner out with my good friends and former teammates from Northwestern, Charlie and Tim. Charlie, new to SF as of four months ago, suggested a good Italian restaurant downtown which we enjoyed throughly. Near the end of dinner, another friend of mine from my time in Madison (now once again a resident of SF), surprised us at dinner and ultimately welcomed us over afterward for drinks and some good conversation. I have seen any of these people in a while, so a night in of just relaxing and talking was what I needed.

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The PCH

The PCH

I said my goodbyes to LA and friends early Monday morning and began the trek north up the Pacific Coast Highway (aka California 1 or PCH). Traffic was expectedly bad leaving LA but I made it through and onto the PCH within a couple of hours. The PCH actually extends the full length of the coast, all the way from LA up to northern Washington. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get all the way up the coast, but after 6 hours of the twisting road, I think I got the jist of how the road works.  

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Something I’ve never done before in life is surf so I figured I’d give it a go while out here and with nothing to lose. I was never a big skateboarder or wake boarder, but I feel comfortable with most things having to do with water, so I figured I’d be able to get the hang of it pretty quickly. Boy, was I wrong.

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Texas, the Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree

Texas, the Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree

Mom and I headed west through Texas on Monday, our day of driving that we planned to be the longest of all our days. For nine hours we drove end to end, finally reaching El Paso in the early evening and stopping for a bit to eat. All-in-all, there really isn't a whole lot in Texas. It's big, hot, and takes forever to get across.

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Entering Oil Country

Entering Oil Country

I left from Destin on Thursday morning and started making my way across the southern states. I’ve not spent much time down in the south, but despite the heat, humidity, and political viewpoints of those who live down there, it’s actually a very beautifully rich and densely forested region in the U.S. that I’d consider taking time to visit again.

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5 states later and I'm in...Greensboro, NC

5 states later and I'm in...Greensboro, NC

Upon leaving New York, I made my way south through the Appalachians and eventually into North Carolina. My ultimate destination along the east coast of the U.S. was Palm Beach, but Greensboro proved to be a pleasant surprise along the way.

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

Sorry for the long delay in post time. Though I'm not working, I'm still finding it difficult to find a few spare minutes to do a little bit of writing. It's been pretty much non-stop action for the last week-and-a-half so I'm just now getting a chance to catch up. After a fun weekend in Boston, I made my way down to New York City for the long, holiday weekend. After 5 days in the city, my perspective has shifted a bit from what it used to be. 

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Shipping Up to Boston

Shipping Up to Boston

I reached Boston Thursday night and met up with a great friend of mind from my time living in Madison, WI. He graciously offered to let me stay at his apartment with his two other roommates up in Cambridge, MA, not too far outside of Boston and the home of Harvard University. I've been to Boston once before, but only for a short period of time. I certainly didn't have any time to do much of the tourist stuff while here, so I was looking forward to having that opportunity over the coming few days. 

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The Green Mountain State

The Green Mountain State

I crossed the border into Vermont, a state I'd never been to before but had heard marvelous things about. From the scenic Green Mountains, to the endless hiking trails, and delicious maple syrup, it seemed like a state I'd probably get along with pretty well. After spending two days driving through it, I'm confident in saying that I'll be returning as soon as I can. What a beautiful place.

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A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem

On Thursday I decided to head north into Canada and up into the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron region. I've been surrounded by the Great Lakes my entire life, but Lake Huron is one of them that I've really never spent much time in or around. I figured it was worth the effort, and just by looking at the map I had a good feeling that I was going to find some pretty magnificent views and scenery during my drive. My hunch was quickly verified. 

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And I'm Off...

And I'm Off...

Some of you have possibly already seen this website, but I've waited to fully launch it until my trip actually started. I've gotten a lot of questions from friends and family asking whether I was keeping a blog or not during my trip. Well, here it is. John Sees Earth will be your hub for all things Traveling-John during the next 11 months and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far. 

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