Well, the journey has ended.. and I can safely say it was a success. It is hard to believe sitting here at home that the past 2 weeks really happend. Unforunately thought, reality is starting to sink back in. We arrived early this morning, and shortly there after I had to make my way to school for my first class (After driving all night, than driving to school I was less than happy to be there). I can not describe what it feels like to go from our trip to a classroom, but it certianly wasn’t good Now time can be dedicated to uploading the pictures and journaling all the stories we have to tell. I can truely say it was an unforgetable trip that is a once in a life time expirence…
I know everyone is dying to see the pictures… We are working on it!
I also wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with this project/trip, especially our families. I know we could not have done it without you!
No, I did not die on my alaska trip. Things went great and I have some awesome stories to tell. I kept up a pretty detailed journal and daily account of things that went on and plan to post a lot of it here. I can’t do it now though; I’m way too tired.
My flight leaves Maryland at 5:20 today and I’ll arrive at 8PM in FTL. Then I’ll probably go home and say hi to the dogs, Jason, and Stu. Then, I’ll sleep a long, long much needed sleep before work tomorrow.
Well, I’m almost home. Miami will be coming later this evening but for now, I’m at my parents in Maryland. Chris and I drove through the night from our stay at the Holiday Inn in South Dakota and made it here at exactly 9am this morning. We hit rush hour on 695, hard rain in Ohio, and heavy fog in Maryland. I can’t believe it’s over! It’s so nice to be out of the car but I’ll sure miss our adventures. Stay tuned for the next week or so as we organize pictures and stories of our journey. Thanks for keeping up to date with us.
We are currently at the Holiday Inn Express in Oacoma, SD 57365. After a rewarding long drive we made it all the way from Edmonton, AB to SD without stopping. The drive was long, hard, and exhausting… but we are running out of time to get back. According to our best calculations we are looking at a solid 22-24 hours of driving remaining.
Today did have some high points though. We stopped at the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn. For those of you who are a bit rusty on your history, this is the site of Custard’s Last Stand against the Indian Chief Sitting Bull. Unfortunately, to even enter the parking lot you are faced with a $10 fee before you can even evaulate if its worth it. Luckly (in my humble opinion) it was a worth while stop. The primary focus of the park was this 5 mile drive-through tour of the battle site. It was a self guided tour in which we stayed in the van and followed along with the posters of each important marker along the way. It was a powerful presentation between the realism of actually standing there and the military style graves.
Our next stop along the way took us to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. We made our way up Route 16 to the carved out mountain side, to be greeted yet again by a pay-to-park type of deal. This time the fee was $8.00, but we decided not to pay as we could see very well from the road and took a few pictures there. The most astonishing part of the area is how OVER-CAPITALIZED it is. There are more shops and places to eat than Ocean City. I could have never fathomed that a National Park could spawn such a town. The town was nearly deserted because most of the “activities” do not reopen until May 1st. Which wasnt a bad thing, after all I came to see Mount Rushmore not play mini-golf .
I just got out of the shower here and Jason is already asleep. At the very least I got the basics of the day here and should probably head of to bed myself. Busy day of driving ahead!! Stay tuned…