We have our backpacking, climbing, cycling and skiing gear ready to go for our U.S. road trip (and a bit of Canada, eh?). My brother, Evan, and I are embarking on our cross-country adventure to check out our top picks of National Parks. We have no time limit, no pressing deadlines and definitely no hotel reservations (hello, funemployed and newly graduated). Check out the map and follow my posts to stay up to date on our weekly progress—the car leaves this weekend!
We are starting in the Keystone State and aiming for the Mile High City as our first official stop. From there, we will head into “the international sanctuary of dirt bags known as Moab,”* Arizona and Nevada. We will drive up California to Oregon, Washington and Canada (for Banff National Park). Swooping back into the United States, we will hit Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. After a stop in Minnesota, the drive will take us above the Great Lakes in Canada for a few days before we hit Maine. Evan and I wanted to be sure to snag some poutine on this trip! After stopping at Mt. Washington and Whiteface, we will begin our last leg back to Pennsylvania—showers and a real bed may take some getting used to again.
The New Gear:
Both Evan and I have accumulated gear throughout the years, but here are our most recent purchases that we will be testing out throughout the trip:
- Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
- Brooks Caldera Trail Runners (Women’s)
- Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System Camp Stove
- Osprey Kyte 36 Pack (Women’s)
- EMS Sector 35 Pack
- Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2
- Big Agnes Two Track Sleeping Pad
*Quote from Evan