This summer we visited 6 states, drove over 4,500 miles, and had more adventures than we could count. We made some great friends, pushed ourselves hard on the trail, and tried our hardest to be present for every minute of every day. Here are our favorite highlights!
Our route took us from Will’s parents’ house in Auburn, CA up the West Coast to Hoodsport, Washington, then Port Angeles and Issaquah. After leaving Washington we headed east for a few days at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, ID, before heading on to Missoula, West Yellowstone, and Bozeman, Montana. After Bozeman we cruised south for a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, then took some time to backpack in the Wind River Range just outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. Our first stop in Colorado was Steamboat Springs, followed by Winter Park, Boulder, Salida, Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango, and Cortez. Our last stop was the ever wonderful Moab, Utah, before heading back to West Yellowstone (where we’ll be living in a real house) for the winter.
Washington state was the real beginning of our bus journey. We spend our first nights out on our own, were engaged on the Elwha River, and did some incredible mountain biking.
Montana, the state that really stole our hearts. Of all of the states that we visited on our journey, we spent the most time in Montana and had a chance to explore some incredible wilderness that doesn’t see a lot of traffic.
Our time in Wyoming proved to be an incredibly rewarding experience. We made some new great friends and were able to spend some quality time with some older friends as well. We felt our community grow and strengthen just as we were starting to feel a little lonely on the road.
Our time in Colorado was incredible. The bus took us to all of our favorite places plus a few more that we have never had a chance to explore before. We ran our first 50k together, biked some of the best trails anywhere, and experienced fall like we never have before.
With fall in full swing in Colorado and thoughts of winter creeping into our minds, we hit Utah and were right back into summer mode. Moab was the last planned stop on this year’s bus adventure and was the perfect finale to the most epic experience of our lives.