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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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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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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