2015 Summer Journal

Summer 2015 Recap – Best of the Bus

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!

The Route

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.

 

See the full, interactive route on Roadtrippers.com »

See the full, interactive route on Roadtrippers.com »


WASHINGTON »

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.

Went trail running in Olympic National Park

Went trail running in Olympic National Park | Read Post »

Got engaged on the edge of the Elwha River in Port Angeles, WA

Got engaged on the edge of the Elwha River in Port Angeles, WA | Read Post »

Mountain Biked at Dry Hill ODT in Port Angeles, WA

Mountain Biked at Dry Hill in Port Angeles, WA | Read Post »

Hiked & Biked at Tiger Mountain State Park in Issaquah, Washington

Hiked & Biked at Tiger Mountain State Park in Issaquah, Washington | Read Post »

Ran with Hilde to Alaska Lake in Snoqualmie, WA

Ran with Hilde to Alaska Lake in Snoqualmie, WA | Read Post »

Camped at Gold Pond at Snoqualmie Pass, WA | Read Post »

Camped at Gold Pond at Snoqualmie Pass, WA | Read Post »


MONTANA »

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.

Mountain Biked the Bangtail Divide in Bozeman, MT | Read Post »

Mountain Biked the Bangtail Divide in Bozeman, MT | Read Post »

Climbed at Bear Canyon in Bozeman, MT »

Climbed at Bear Canyon in Bozeman, MT | Read Post »

Ran the Bangtail Divide with Hilde in Bozeman, MT | Read Post »

Ran the Bangtail Divide with Hilde in Bozeman, MT | Read Post »

Enjoyed some hammock time

Enjoyed some hammock time

Trail Ran at Sheep Creek, west of West Yellowstone, MT | Read Post »

Went trail running at Sheep Creek, west of West Yellowstone, MT | Read Post »

Fished the Madison

Fished the Madison

Tried our hand at neighborhood camping

Tried our hand at neighborhood camping


WYOMING »

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.

Camped with a view of the Tetons and made some really great friends

Camped with a view of the Tetons and made some really great friends | Read Post »

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Recreated a movie theater under the stars

Recreated a movie theater under the stars | Read Post »

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Drove by the Tetons

Drove by the Tetons in Jackson, WY

Did some fun Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole, WY

Did some fun Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole, WY

Went backpacking in the Wind River Range | Read Post »

Went backpacking in the Wind River Range | Read Post »

Went backpacking in the Wind River Range | Read Post »

Went backpacking in the Wind River Range | Read Post »


COLORADO »

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.

Ran a 50k in Winter Park, CO | Read Post »

Ran a 50k in Winter Park, CO | Read Post »

Camped along the Arkansas River near Salida, CO | Read Post »

Camped along the Arkansas River near Salida, CO | Read Post »

Biked the Monarch Crest Trail outside of Salida, CO | Read Post »

Biked the Monarch Crest Trail outside of Salida, CO | Read Post »

Camped along Slate Creek in Crested Butte, CO | Read Post »

Camped along Slate Creek in Crested Butte, CO | Read Post »

Camped near Cement Creek in Crested Butte, CO | Read Post »

Camped near Cement Creek in Crested Butte, CO | Read Post »

Dealt with the aftermath of a porcupine incident | Read Post »

Dealt with the aftermath of a porcupine incident | Read Post »

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Did the Via Ferratta in Telluride, CO | Read Post »

Did the Via Ferratta in Telluride, CO | Read Post »

Visited Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez, CO | Read Post »

Visited Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez, CO | Read Post »


UTAH »

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.

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Will & Sam placed first in the AXS Adventure Race Finale | Read Post »

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Will & Sam placed first in the AXS Adventure Race Finale | Read Post »

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Will & Sam placed first in the AXS Adventure Race Finale | Read Post »

Will & Sam placed first in the AXS Adventure Race Finale | Read Post »

Discovered some beautiful desert waterfalls | Read Post »

Discovered some beautiful desert waterfalls | Read Post »

Enjoyed some desert trail running in Moab, UT | Read Post »

Enjoyed some desert trail running in Moab, UT | Read Post »

Enjoyed some desert trail running in Moab, UT | Read Post »

Enjoyed some desert trail running in Moab, UT | Read Post »

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  • Very cool to see the overall trip! We’re going to be putting together ours as we go along. Need to find a good map plugin for WordPress. 😀

  • Dale Borgeson

    Thanks so much for putting together this recap. Reading the posts again makes me hungry for a western states road trip.

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