In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Actual day of driving began Sunday, June 27, 2010

Miles: 0

10:36 Left Grandma Judy’s in Fallbrook, CA

11:22 Stopped for gas at March Air force Base. Great Grandma Thelma Spalding worked here in World War II

11:51 Crossed Route 66

12:00 Elevation 4,000 feet

12:03 Detour due to major accident. I 15 closed ahead. Got off the freeway to search for alternate route

12:10 In and Out Burgers! Chocolate milkshakes

1:12 Buddhist temple in midst of Joshua trees.

3:00 Stopped Alien Fresh Jerky

5:00 Crossed into Nevada

5:30 Entered Vegas, land of excess. What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas?

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