Day: 30
Miles: 6,666 (exactly)
Location: Gorham, Maine
Love that quote...
One adventure ends and another begins... I've arrived safely in Maine after traveling 6,666 miles exactly through some of the wildest parts of America.

I couldn't resist squeezing one more adventure out of this trip; the climbing of Mt Greylock. It was a very easy "climb" that was not more than a mile. Really, it was more symbolic than anything. I'm not big on ceremony or long goodbyes, but this was my last mountain on this adventure but also the beginning of a new adventure! I mean this in two ways; its the first mountain of a new quest to climb New England's 50 finest mountains and also my first "metaphorical" adventure in New England. I thought it was a nice touch! Mt Greylock also happens to be my 12th state highpoint climbed!
The War Memorial atop Mt Greylock
Geez, what an adventure. I haven't seen the sun set upon the same horrizon in 30 days!

By the numbers...
  • Total Milage: 6,666 miles
  • Total Time Spent Driving: 155 hours
  • Average MPG: 30 mpg
  • Cost: $1,100 (about)
  • States Visted: 18 (California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario (Canada, obviously), New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine)
  • National Park Units Visted: 19 units, 9 of them being National Parks
  • Mountains Climbed: 9 (Mt Humphreys, AZ, Mt Elbert, CO, Panorama Point, NE Middle Teton, WY, Deer Mtn, CO, Harney Peak, SD, White Butte, ND, Mt Greylock, MA)
I accomplished nearly 33 separate goals on my "List of things to do before I die". I say separate because I actually accomplished over 40 but some of these overlap such as "Visit Minnesota" and "Kayak Voyageurs National Park".

All in all, I accomplished everything I wanted to do when I set off 30 days ago save for one thing; I couldn't climb Longs Peak in Colorado due to weather problems. I'm not sad though, I set some ambitious goals and accomplished them!
One of the first pictures I took on this journey
In case you wanted to know, here's the list of everything I set of to do!
  • Hike Mojave National Preserve, CA
  • Climb Humphreys Peak, AZ
  • Visit Wupatki National Monument, AZ
  • Visit Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ
  • Hike Monument Valley, AZ/UT
  • Visit Valley of the Gods, UT
  • Hiking Natural Bridges National Monument, UT
  • Hike Hovenweep National Monument, UT
  • Hike Mesa Verde National Park, CO
  • Canyoneer to the River of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
  • Climb Mt Elbert, CO
  • Visit Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
  • Visit Garden of the Gods, CO
  • Visit family!
  • Hike Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
  • Climb Panorama Point, NE
  • Cross Country Ski Medicine Bow Mtns, WY
  • Hike Yellowstone National Park, WY
  • Climb Middle Teton, WY
  • Visit Teton National Park, WY
  • Cave in Jewel Cave National Monument, SD
  • Cave in Wind Cave National Monument, SD
  • Climb Harney Peak, SD
  • Visit Mt Rushmore, SD
  • Visit Minutemen Missile National Historic Site, SD
  • Visit Badlands National Monument, SD
  • Visit the Geographic Center of America, SD
  • Climb White Butte, ND
  • Hike Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
  • Kayak Voyageurs National Park, MN
  • Hike Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI
  • Hike Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI
  • Hike Mt Greylock, MA
I'm damn proud. It's been a great adventure. I'll post something more reflective soon!