2016 Road Trip – Westward Bound

Thanks to a mandatory 30-day furlough from work, I have been afforded a great opportunity to take a western US road trip vacation.  The idea originated after learning my Dad was awarded an elk hunting tag for New Mexico Unit 34 and the season fell during the same month period.  Since I have 3 weeks of free time before the hunt, and may likely never have 30 consecutive days off again, it was clear that I wasn’t staying home on the couch.  Its time for an adventure!

Sample elk photo - hopefully I get to take some of my own! Source: Tony Bynum Photography
Sample elk photo – hopefully I get to take some of my own! Source: Tony Bynum Photography

My main goal is to see as much wilderness west of the Mississippi as I possibly can, or as weather allows.  Saturday 9/24 I will drive west from Kenosha, WI with the goal of stopping in Sioux Falls, SD for the night (about 8 hours driving).  Sunday 9/25, I will leave Sioux Falls and head 4 hours west to the Badlands National Park and camp until I get an itch to go farther.  Weather will be a major factor as snow in the mountains is common starting in fall.  Right now it looks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton are off my list, but this opens the door to spend more time farther south.  I may very well spend more time around the Grand Canyon where it’s warmer before heading to New Mexico.

Rainbow During a Badlands Storm. Source: NPS.gov (https://i1.wp.com/www.nps.gov/common/uploads/photogallery/20150108/park/badl/F33ED138-EEAD-1B72-A9B6777B275839D1/F33ED138-EEAD-1B72-A9B6777B275839D1-large.jpg?resize=640%2C426&ssl=1)
Rainbow During a Badlands Storm. Source: NPS.gov

Fittingly, September 24th is National Public Lands Day which exists to encourage outdoor enjoyment, conservation, and volunteering.  To find an event near you, click here.  This year is also the National Parks Service Centennial celebrating 100 years of conservation of our country’s natural wonders.  Get outside and enjoy it, or help with your local parks!

Celebrate the National Park Centennial - 100 Years of Service
Celebrate the National Park Centennial – 100 Years of Service

Time for me to hit the road, stay tuned for updates!  Don’t forget the link in the top right of the page where you can follow my posts on a Google map!

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