Well dear readers, we are both wistful and excited to announce that as of yesterday at 3:20 pm The Great Curiodyssey has come to it’s official end as we rolled back into Berthoud. We parked in front of my sister’s house in precisely the same spot we pulled away from 315 days ago.
How do you sum up one of the craziest years of our lives? At times it has ranged from refreshing to tedious, terrifying to comfortable. We’ve both felt more like our true selves yet stretched beyond what we knew we were capable of. The truth is, it’s impossible to condense what we’ve seen and felt and experienced into a tidy package. Every time I try to do it, it sounds cliche and trite, so I’ll let the numbers sum it up:
The Great Curiodyssey By The Numbers:
32,279 – Miles Driven
315 – Days Travelled
88 – Blog Posts Written
138 – Blog Posts Unwritten
44 – States Visited (Including a 6 mile detour to add New Jersey to the list)
26 – National Parks Visited
3 – Canadian National Parks Visited
12 – Other NPS sites visited (National Memorials, Historic Sites, Battlefields, Seashores)
3 – Trailer Tires Replaced
1 – Broken Bone
6 – Black Bear Sightings
6 – Things we have mistaken for bears (deer, tree trunks, squirrels, a stroller, raccoons, and a marmot that we convinced 10 people on a trail that it was a bear in the distance but it was just a lot closer than it appeared).
0 – Moose Sightings. Boo.
2 – Nights Sleeping in a Cracker Barrel Parking Lot (1 in a blizzard)
5 – Nights Sleeping in a Wal-Mart Parking Lot
11 – Old friends we got to meet up with
2 – Graduations
1 – Wedding
1 – Funeral
Too Many To Count – Laughs, Stars on Clear Nights, Breathtaking Views, Mind-blowing Revelations, Amazing People, Miles Hiked, Moments of Bliss, Awesome Park Rangers, Mysteries of the Earth.
Man, what a ride it has been, and we would like to sincerely thank you for following along with us, offering your suggestions, encouragement and inspirations. On lonely days, it truly felt like we had a crowd of people supporting us. We are so grateful we were able to share our adventures and a bit of ourselves with you.