Bill and Kit’s 2019 Excellent Adventure, Journal #1

What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.
Jack Kerouac

 

Friday, January 4, 2019: It’s early (0406 to be exact) on a frosty morning and we are off on another winter RV adventure to parts yet unknown.

Yes, this is about 5 weeks later than Kit and I have historically departed, and we were deferred even further due to a small snowstorm that grazed the Maine coast.

Fortunately, we were only delayed 24 hours, and the light fluffy snow that clung to the camper’s roof was systematically deposited along the roadsides of our sleepy little town on our way to Interstate 295.

After a quick safety stop at the Kittery Rest Area to verify that the wheels were still on the rig, we continued to motor south through New Hampshire and on into Charlton, Massachusetts where we took a break for breakfast and fuel. Back underway at 0835 I noticed a truck milestone event when the odometer rolled over to 60,000 miles! Not too bad for a 2015 vintage truck, until one factors in the fact that most of that mileage comes in six-month increments.

Twenty-five minutes later we entered the State of Connecticut, and another hour and a half found us crossing the Hudson River at Newburgh, New York.

Little RV traffic this time of the year, but we did encounter this fellow snowbird who was hauling a modified 1955 Chevy.

If your going to tow your daily driver to a southern wintering over spot, it might as well be a classic car.

Speaking of classics, shortly before departing Maine, Kit finished up a cover for our down comforter.

One side has road signs, and the other woodies and surfboards…three of our four favorite things!

By noon we encountered the State of Pennsylvania and began discussing where to lay over for tonight. Typically, on the first night out and with the camper winterized, we opt for a nice motel…however the temps are mild by Northeast standards and it is predicted to stay above freezing tonight, so we called ahead to secure a spot at The Western Village RV Park in Carlisle, PA.

After a quick stop at the local Wal-Mart for some groceries, we pulled into the park at 1700 hours logging a whopping 599 miles for the day! Which is twice the daily road mileage we try to adhere to, but typical for the first day out…gotta get south to warmer weather as soon as possible you know?!

As Kit prepared the inside, I attended to the outside chores including leveling and stabilizing the camper…

…then draining and flushing the freshwater system.

After a glass of vino followed by a nice warm meal it was off to an early slumber…good night!

 

Saturday, January 5, 2019: Up relatively early following a very restful sleep. Kit and I enjoyed a nice leisurely breakfast and lounged around a bit before breaking camp and hitting the road at 1130 hours where we continued to follow Interstate 81 southerly.

There are many people Kit and I have introduced through these journals and enjoy spending time with during our trips…one special couple is our high school friend Joanne and her husband Ron.

Sadly, Ron passed away a few weeks ago following a relatively minor surgical procedure. A retired long-haul truck driver, and a physically imposing individual, Ron was the proverbial gentle giant, treating his friends with courtesy and lovingly taking care of Joanne as she was battling her own health issues. Rest in Peace buddy…you will be missed by more folks than you ever imagined.

Day two is also historically a travel day, and this year followed suit. So, we didn’t take time for any sightseeing or tourist stops…still a bit raw in these parts to spend too much outside.


By 1233 we rolled into the State of Maryland, then 13 minutes later crossed the Potomac River into West Virginia and by 1336 hours were in the State of Virginia. By 1600 Kit started to look for a viable spot to camp and discovered the Shenandoah Valley RV Park in Mount Jackson, Virginia.

Where the fees were reasonable, the grounds tidy, the facilities clean and the sites spacious.

Following some walking around time and a nice meal, it was once again time to retire early for our two weary travelers.

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019-Mount Jackson, Virginia: Over coffee this morning, Kit and I decided to take a layover day to rest up and attend to some truck and trailer maintenance items. I

This is a good spot to highlight our family in pictures as we’ve done most winter trips over the past ten years.

Fortunately, all is well in Tuckerland and everyone is thriving. Daughter Kim, son Joe, and his girlfriend Whitney are all working in Maine and taking care of overseeing our home while we are away.

Son Joe and daughter-in-law Ann still live about an hour away and are doing well.

Their offspring are developing into fine young adults…Katie is working in the world of high finance in New York City and Chris is a first-year student at a university in Rhode Island.

Daughter Suzanne and son in law still reside in Las Vegas…

…and their children Jack and Tucker are doing well and spend a few weeks with us in Maine each summer.

Then there is our great grand dog, Finny who we miss terribly…along with the rest of the family of course. We really enjoy having The Finster in our lives.

Kit and I are very proud of our family and enjoy watching as they successfully navigate through life!

 

Monday, January 7, 2019: Hit the road at 0952 and found our way to I-81 to continue south.

Kit is a great traveling companion and frequently helps in navigation chores and does 90% of the campsite research and selection. And I’m not a very good passenger, so I do most of the driving, which is fine with Kit as she can get some reading or knitting or napping accomplished during the long travel days.

At 1500 we crossed into Tennessee and an hour later Kit found us another wonderful campground to spend the evening.

A rustic mom and pop place built, owned, and managed by a backwoods character named Hal.

The sight of old gas pumps and other petroliana elicited a conversation about old cars and truck. Hal had just finished a COE flatbed built to haul his vintage pickup.

The pickup features a 383 stroked Chevrolet motor and 4:11 gears making for a stout combination to run shine along the back roads of Tennessee. He is now in the market for his next project…busy man!

Hal started constructing the campground twenty years ago and has done most of the work himself …and, it’s still not finished! The grounds are laid out very nice and feature hand-built structures featuring many country artifacts from his lifelong hobby of picking. Hal keeps his campsite prices very reasonable by doing most of the daily chores himself.

Having plenty of land, he took it upon himself to take his tractor and carve out a two-acre fish pond.

Then stocked it with catfish and added some waterfowl to the project.

Hal purchased a white swan and two black swans which he feeds daily with the assistance of his puppy Pepper.

Of course, the feeding is also enjoyed by the catfish as well as various migratory birds.

Kit and I agree this would be another campground to spend some downtime, however coming on the heels of yesterday’s layover, we decided to continue on in the morning.

As evening fell, we enjoyed some wine, a nice dinner and a beautiful Tennessee sunset.

Goodnight!

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Another travel day and we were up and on the road before 1100.

Within the hour we jumped on Interstate 40 and then intersected Interstate 75 to continue south.

Around noon we crossed the Tennessee River and stopped at a Flying J Truck Stop for fuel and lunch. Shortly after resuming our trek found us near Chattanooga where we shifted to Interstate 24 South. Soon we were in Georgia, then back in Tennessee…this interstate winds a bit across the two state lines at this point of its travel. Crossing the Tennessee River once again, we encountered State Road 72 South which we cruised into Alabama and encountered the Central Time Zone. At 1600 hours we pulled into the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal just south of the city of Huntsville and set up for a few days stay in their very nice military RV Park.

Kit and I have driven through Huntsville during previous Excellent Adventure trips and vowed to one day stop and explore the area…this is the day!

 

Wednesday, January 9 through Sunday January 13, 2019-Huntsville, Alabama: Spent time here doing some shopping, clothes washing, fixing a bent clip-pin on the camper, washing the rig, repairing a leaking dump hose, and driving about the base and city.

One attraction that we (I) wanted to spend time at is the US Space and Rocket Center.

The museum is owned and operated by the State of Alabama with support from NASA and The Smithsonian. It claims to have the largest collection of space and rocketry artifacts in the country and, in addition to various exhibit halls, has a huge building housing an entire 363 foot long by 33 foot diameter Saturn V Rocket.

This three-stage rocket was developed for Americas moon landing missions and the first stage hosts five gigantic Rocketdyne F-1motors.

The motors develop 7,891,000 pounds of thrust in order to lift the 6,500,000 pound rocket off the launchpad and rocket (no pun intended) the Saturn V to a height of 42 miles at a speed of 6,164 MPH…all in under 3 minutes! Then the first stage separates and turns over the duties of flight to the second stage, followed by the third stage which boosts the mission payload into space.

In addition to many other artifacts and informative displays housed in this massive building are a Lunar Rover and the actual Apollo 16 Command Module.

This unit carried three astronauts to moon orbit where two of them transferred to a smaller Lunar Lander to access, explore, collect samples and depart the surface of the moon. Then once safely back onboard, the Command module returned to earth burning through the atmosphere…

…to a parachute assisted landing in the ocean, where the US Navy was ready to retrieve the module.

Kit and I vividly remember the first successful manned moon mission in July of 1969 and now to see many of the components that made that possible was a real treat!

Another treat was in meeting and spending some time talking to an authentic rocket scientist. Gray (yep, that’s his real name) spent 43 years working at the nearby Marshal Space Flight Center and spent considerable time working on various Nasa projects including the Apollo Missions.

Now retired, Gray volunteers a few days a week at the Space and Rocket center to help visitors understand the complexities of the equipment that successfully delivered man to the surface of the moon…and, more importantly successfully ensured their safe return to mother earth.

Another display of interest was one of four Mobile Quarantine Units.

Basically, a highly modified Airstream travel trailer, these units were placed on the recovery Aircraft Carrier to quarantine the astronauts until it was deemed safe for them to mingle with the earth bound public.

Other exhibits of interest were a training mockup of the International Space station…

…which one could walk through and see how the inhabitants lived, worked, slept…

…and accomplished other things.

Also, on display was the nose cone that carried the first two living American creatures to the upper atmosphere during a 1,600 mile flight.

In May of 1959, a pair of monkeys named Able and Baker (yea, I know…creative, huh?) launched atop a Jupiter Rocket sustaining 38 G’s of force and nine minutes of weightlessness, before they were successfully returned to earth.

Able died a few months later but Baker was cared for in a special enclosure here at the Space Center delighting the visiting public with her antics until succumbing of old age at 27.

NASA engineers were very bright, and a bit playful as well…one engineer took it upon himself to design and prototype a water powered Space Toy.

Oscar D. Holderer built this toy to encourage rocketry in a younger generation. I recall playing with a similar toy as a youngster!

Also, on the grounds is the US Space Camp.

Where youngsters and adults can learn about careers in the space program and utilize many of the museums trainers to practice their new-found skills.

What a great day at the US Space and Rocket Center, if your travels ever find you near Huntsville, we highly recommend taking a day to spend at this premier facility.

A few miles to the north is the home of Debbie, a former Vermont friend, and her husband Sam. Whenever we are in the area, Kit and I try and spend a few hours with this delightful young couple.


Thanks for a making time for us!

Well, that closes out week one of our 2019 Excellent Adventure…stay tuned for further exploits from the road!

Kit’s Bit’s: So far, our trip has gone smoothly. However, I’m thinking we need to figure out a better “first day routine”. Fortunately, this was our smoothest first day on the road but, driving 699 miles over 12 hours is a bit insane. We need to find a campground within 300 miles to stay in the first night. As always, it was a joy to visit with Sam & Debbie. We try to see them whenever we’re in the area. Hopefully, if they make it to Vermont this next summer, they will have a little extra time to come see us in Maine. 😊

 

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RV’er Etiquette

 1. Leaking Black Tank – There’s no easy way to say this, it’s not a simple DIY fix. If your black tank is leaking call a professional.  

2. Encroachment– Walking on other people’s sites is a No-No. There is already not enough space, and to occupy someone else’s is just selfish.

3. Freeing The Beasty– Walking dogs off leash. This may be shocking to pet lovers, but the whole world isn’t dog friendly.

4. Bass up to 10– Noise levels should be kept at respectable volumes, RV walls are very thin.

5. Pet doo- Clean up after your pets. It’s your choice to have them, and your responsibility clean up their doo.

6. Trash. Yeah, it actually has to be said, sadly. Trash left out, no matter how innocent, invites creatures to your area.

8. Toys– If you have children, please keep their toys corralled on your site. No one wants to wake up in the morning and trip on toys, or worse step on a lego. Yeah… not cool.

7. Bathing Pets– I don’t care how tiny and adorable your Yorkiepooshnookems is. Don’t Bathe them in an RV Parks shower or facilities unless they have a dog wash station! Some might see this as a brilliant opportunity to nt have to deal with the mess in their RV. In reality, they usually end up doing the doo in the shower with yooooou. Gross.

10. Parking Don’t occupy your neighbors spot. If your site has your door facing your neighbors door in close proximity, ask if you can have a different site. It’s super awkward to have to see someone you barely know everytime you open the door. Try to give, and keep, your privacy. Some people don’t RV to party.

11. Hanging Laundry– Hanging a wet towel in the sun is one thing. But thongs, bras, and more private clothing items do not need to be the main attraction of the park. You can hang them in the privacy of your RV. I know some don’t want to pay for dryers or buy a dryer. If you choose that route, maybe keep it in a not visible area?

12. Drive slowly. I mean you should listen to those 5 or 10 mph signs. RV Parks don’t always have big streets. If you hit someone’s child, dog, spouse, etc… let’s just say you have changed lives forever, and in a pretty terrible way. Even a pet owner is not going to forget the deed.

14. Allergies HIPA basically guarantees I have no clue what you are deadly allergic to. It requires conversation. We keep our pets on short leashes and keep them to ourselves. In a emergency situation, this is where pet owners get a bad rep. I don’t want you to die, and I don’t want my pets to die… If you are seriously that allergic please speak up, kindly. Also, pet owners who are sheltering their pets in an emergency, keep your pets to yourself for everyone else’s sake. Multiple pets in a shelter for a tornado or hurricane etc, is not social play time. Pets go through the emergency too, and Fido can become Kujo very quickly.

15. Judging– Don’t be so quick. If someone is usually a great neighbor and all the sudden they are running their generator every night, take a minute to see if they need help. On the same token, don’t avoid seeking help for a week and continue to run your generator all night. Being cheap shouldn’t wreck your neighbors sleep.

16. Mooching- Using fellow campers private grills, chairs, hoses, or any other items without having some kind of permission is just violating. Don’t be that guy. Our drinking water hose is not for your shoes to get cleaned off with. If you would like to borrow something just ask. Most RVers we have met are so incredibly nice, I hope that never gets spoiled!

17. Distraction– When someone is hitching up to leave or coming in, this is absolutely not the time to be social. Distractions can lead to their process being disturbed, which can lead to very expensive or serious accidents. Things break easily enough on RVs. Try to say good-byes or hellos when they are not doing something so safety concerning.
I’m sure there are many more we will learn from the more informed RVers! If you have any input please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Just please don’t knock on our door. 

 

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an RVer?

By Alyssa Padgett

Not everyone is cut out to be an RVer. These are six qualities I think you need to have to enjoy RVing. 

To most people who don’t RV, there’s a certain stigma associated with RVers. You either must be retired with nothing to do, or so poor that you live in a trailer just to survive.

I suppose the third option is that you’re a hippie or a bum driving around in search of yourself.

In my husband’s hometown in Texas, residents recently petitioned to get an RV park off I-10 closed because it was too close to a school. They worried it would attract those types of people.

Since joining the RV community last year, I rolled my eyes at the residents who see RVers as trashy or likely criminals. After staying in RV parks across 48 states, I know for certain that most RVers are nothing like that.

In fact, RVers are some of the nicest people who I’ve had the chance to meet.

It takes a special kind of person to be an RVer. You must be a cut above most of humanity, showing exemplary compassion and inner-strength.

Here are six qualities I think you need to have to be an RVer:

1.) You aren’t attached to objects.

Four days after my wedding,  I started full-time RVing. All my wedding presents are tucked away in a closet in my parent’s house, unused.

But as an RVer, you know that you don’t need a KitchenAid mixer and a dozen shiny pots and pans. You only pack the essentials. Anything else is clutter!

You should be able to simplify, getting rid of what you don’t need and freeing up your cabinet space to fit all the cool souvenirs you’ll find while traveling. When we first hit the road, we created a “One-Month Rule.”

If we hadn’t used something in the first month after we bought it, we packed it in a box and shipped it home.

2.) You’re not high-maintenance. 

To be an RVer, you must be pretty low maintenance. You’re okay with hand washing all your dishes instead of using a dishwasher. Carrying your clothes to the laundry center at the RV park is fine with you. That’s just part of RV life!

You also don’t mind sweeping or vacuuming the dirt and mud that finds its way inside your rig. And we don’t always need to stay at fancy RV resorts—national parks are just fine with us! We’re here for the adventure of travel, not the luxury of it all.

 3.) You love America.

This might sound funny but let me explain. You must see the good and the beauty of the world if you plan on RVing. Have you ever met those people who always find something wrong with everything?

“The sun is too bright. It’s too windy. This would be beautiful if…” Those people aren’t cut out for RVing.

RVers may complain about unlevel sites, but our glass is always half full (probably with beer). We don’t complain about America. We can’t wait to keep exploring the country! We love the world around us for its freedom and beauty.

 4.) You keep your cool.

Picture this: You’re following the directions from a GPS unit to your destination.

Your rig is cruising along the road with your car towing behind. Suddenly, you’re in a construction zone, the road narrows, the street you’re supposed to turn on is closed, you’re lost, and you’ve got no other choice than to make a U-turn. (If you’ve RVed for any amount of time, you can picture this vividly as it’s probably happened to you at least once before!)

My cousins once missed a turn (using a real map, not a GPS) and found themselves on a small mountain road in Colorado with snow banks on either side. They had to unhook their Honda CR-V and U-turn their 26-foot Super C on this snowy mountain road and retrace their tracks down the hill.

If you’re prone to stress or have ever been called a “hot-head,” RVing isn’t for you. As an RVer, you’ve got to be able to keep your cool in these situations.

When your dump hose breaks – when it rains, and your RV gets stuck in the mud – a good RVer must be level headed.

5.) You want to help others.

 “We have a problem,” my husband said walking back inside the RV.

After dry camping in Grand Teton National Park for four days, he was dumping our tank. “Our hose just snapped in half. We have another one, but I have no idea how to switch them out, and we don’t have cell phone service to find out how.”

Fortunately, a couple in a small class B was dumping their tank at the station in front of us. They came to our rescue!

For the next twenty minutes, Kelly showed my husband how to change out the hose.

As we’ve encountered troubles in our travels, we’ve never worried because there’s always a fellow RVer around to help. Whether it’s something simple like backing up your RV or something as complex as burping your fridge, RVers are always willing to help one another.

6.) You’re friendly.

I’ve met some grumpy RV park owners, but rarely do you meet a mean RVer.

Most RVers are friendly, and eager to meet new people on the road. If you’re not friendly or don’t want to spend your evening chatting with your neighbor about your rig, then you’re not cut out for RVing.

RVers love hanging out with strangers and making new friends.

So, how do you rank? Are you cut out for RVing?

RV MYTHS

Spend any amount of time researching information about RVing and you’re bound to run into some common RV myths and misconceptions. For new RV owners, or those interested in pursuing an RV lifestyle, this can be problematic. These myths often lead people to make decisions based on information that simply isn’t accurate.

To sort it all out and separate myth from fact, here are six widely-believed RV myths regarding the RV lifestyle and the truth behind them.

 

RV Myth #1: The one best type of RV.

Some people wouldn’t dream of traveling in anything other than a fully outfitted motorhome with 4 slides, a washer/dryer combo, and a bedroom the size of a small apartment. While others turn up their noses at any RV that takes up more than a regular size parking space.

Truth: The best RV is the one that fits your needs.

There is no single RV type that qualifies as “the best”. RV choice is personal and depends on factors such as family size, where and how often you plan to use it, whether you already have a truck for towing, how confident you feel making repairs, and many more considerations. If you’re in the market for an RV, don’t simply go out and buy a fifth wheel because your uncle said it was the best. Instead, talk to people with different types of RVs or maybe even rent a few to try them out. In the end, the best type of RV will be the one that you use.

 

RV Myth #2: RV travel is only for older, retired people.

There was once a time when the typical RVer was a retired couple spending their golden years traveling around the country. This couple most certainly does exist – spend any time at an RV park in Florida or Arizona and you will meet lots of them — but they are far from the only type of RVer.

Truth: RVs are suitable for people and families of all ages.

These days, most campgrounds contain a mix of families, retired couples, solo travelers, and an increasing number of younger working age people. People of all ages are turning to RVs for travel and full-time living. There is no age threshold you must cross to call yourself an RVer!

 

RV Myth #3: RVing is expensive – or cheap.

The most common RV myth is about how much it costs to RV. Depending on who you are talking to, the prevailing view is that it’s either really expensive or really cheap. Which side of the coin your conviction lies on is directly related to the decisions you make regarding travel style and RV choice.

Truth: Buying and traveling in an RV is as expensive or as cheap as you make it.

One of the best things about RV travel is how versatile it is. Unlike airfare, hotels, and rental cars, the range of cost associated with RVing is vast. Can RVing be expensive? Of course, if you make it expensive. You can buy a fancy new RV with a big price tag, drive a lot which means spending tons on gas, and stay at expensive resort style RV parks. On the flip side, if you want to save some bucks, you can buy a modest used RV that needs some TLC, limit your driving time, and seek out less expensive camping options or even places to stay for free on public land. Most RVers fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

 

RV Myth #4: Taking an RV trip means driving all the time.

The logic goes that an RV is a vehicle, therefore, RV travel must involve a lot of driving. And sometimes it does. A road trip from one side of the country to another is going to necessitate a bit of time behind the wheel. Of course, how much time you spend on the road is all about how you plan your trip.

Truth: RV travel allows you to slow down and enjoy the journey.

Taking a road trip in a car and taking a road trip in an RV are two very different experiences. Car travel usually means putting in as many miles as possible in an effort to get where you’re going. RV travel can be similar, but it really doesn’t have to be. In fact, any RVer will tell you that the most enjoyable way to travel is at a slow pace. When you bring along a place to sleep and prepare meals, there really is no need to rush from destination to destination.

 

RV Myth #5: RVs must always stay in crowded RV parks.

Of all the RV myths, this one turns potential RVers off the most. We’ve all seen the photos of parking lot style RV parks where the rigs are lined up in tight rows and your picnic table is practically on top of the neighbor’s sewer hose. Crowded RV parks do exist. In fact, there are a lot of them along highways and in more populated areas.

Truth: RVs have a wide variety of camping choices, including some options that are nothing like crowded RV parks.

Guess what? Just because you’re traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to park in a crowded RV park. There are an amazing variety of campgrounds out there that offer so much more. State parks, national parks, national forests, Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds, and many county-run parks are all great places to camp if you want a bit more nature and a bit less asphalt in your RVing experience. RVs can even camp off the grid. The southwest is full of free land where RVs can and do spend weeks at a time camping in complete solitude. RV parks have a purpose, but the idea that RVs are limited to this type of park is definitely a myth!

 

RV Myth #6: RVing is NOT the same as camping.

This one usually goes along with sentiments like, If you don’t have a fire, cook outside, get dirty, sleep on the ground, or end the weekend smelling like a pile of old laundry, then you’re not really camping.

Truth: Camping and RVing are as similar as they are different.

There seems to be some scorn out there among “purist” campers who look down on those who travel in RVs. I guess there’s something about sharing a campground with folks who brought along a comfy bed and a bathroom with running water that makes them grumpy.

The thing is that most RVers are rarely concerned about how they are living up to the title of “camper”. People choose RVs for all different reasons. Some have physical limitations that rule out tent camping, some like the convenience of an RV, while others simply find it’s easier to take the whole family on a trip in an RV versus a tent. None of these people set out to dilute the sentiment behind camping.

In fact, the dictionary defines camping as, “the activity of spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper”. There’s nothing in there about having to rough it without running water, sleep on the cold ground, or cook your food on a stick over the fire. In the end, whether eat your food off a stick or with a fork, sleep in a hammock or on a real mattress, watch TV in your RV or the stars at night, the act of setting up a temporary place to call home in nature is considered camping, plain and simple.

Happy Camping!

 

Total Excellent Adventure Statistics as of May 2018

  1. Total time on the road: 1,439 days
  2. Longest trip: 207 Days
  3. Shortest trip: 99 Days
  4. Total distance traveled: 118,503 Miles
  5. Total fuel consumed: 11,202 Gallons
  6. Average price per gallon: $3.25
  7. Average cost per night for campsite: $25.83
  8. Average spent on campsite fees and fuel per year: $6,714.42

A side note:  $6,714.42 X 10 years = $67,144 and if one takes that amount in one-dollar bills and lines them up, they would reach all the way to a Corvette dealership…just saying!

  1. Number of nights camping for free: 303
  2. Lowest elevation visited: -279 feet at Bad Water Basin, California
  3. Highest elevation visited: 11,158 feet at Vail, Colorado
  4. Lowest temperature experienced: 26 degrees at Coconino National Forest, Arizona
  5. Highest temperature experienced: 102 degrees in Globe, Arizona
  6. Number of states visited: 46, only Rhode Island, Washington, and Alaska remain.
  7. Number of National Park’s enjoyed: 27
  8. Number of Canadian provinces visited: 4-Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
  9. Number of Excellent Adventure Journals issued: 249
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