<![CDATA[Travel Goal Getter - Travel Blog]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:43:04 -0700Weebly<![CDATA["pee wee" harrison and tyrone "Hollywood" brown]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 03:11:07 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/pee-wee-harrison-and-tyrone-hollywood-brown
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"Pee Wee" Harrison and TyRone "Hollywood" Brown spun a basketball on the New Mexico Capitol steps
​Former Globetrotters Les "PeeWee" Harrison and TyRone "Hollywood" Brown have not only trotted around the globe but they have made their way across the country. They have spun a basketball at every state capitol and state line.

One would imagine their trip was crazy fun and created so many smiles as they paraded around in the red-white-and-blue. Their trip in 2016, however, had another purpose. Les and TyRone, along with Studies Weekly and the Responsibility Foundation, were spreading a message of responsibility. During this "Drive for Responsibility" they encouraged students to think responsibly and vote in the mock presidential election as they spoke at school assemblies and gave presentations at the State Capitols.

The trip was also an awareness and fundraising campaign for a proposed Statue of Responsibility, which is to be a sister to the Statue of Liberty to be built on the West Coast. Imagine future generations, and hopefully us, adding the Statue of Responsibility to our bucket lists! 

Pee Wee's Favorites: his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, spinning a basketball on Vice President Pence's finger,spinning a basketball at Motown and Graceland.
Hollywood's Favorites: New York City, seeing different cultures from all walks of life and performing in Madison Square Garden.
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<![CDATA[golfing across the USA]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:44:37 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/golfing-across-the-usa
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Paul Waber and Mark Celeste joining Chuck Cosgrove on round of golf in Chuck's 50th state
Chuck Cosgrove from North Carolina, golfed his way across the USA. He is an avid golfer who has played for more than 50 years. The idea to golf in all fifty states began on his honeymoon when he and his wife, Linda, played at Pali Golf Course in Hawaii in October 1986. After he played the Anchorage (Alaska) Country Club course with his daughter in 2001 achieving the goal was in motion. Among his highlights were rounds at Torrey Pines (CA), Coeur D’Alene (ID) and going back to Hawaii with his wife and playing Ko’Olina. He mixed in several university courses such as Rutgers (NJ), University of GeorgiaLSU and Michigan State

Lowest Scores - 82s at 
Rutgers and at Cobbs Creek in Philadelphia PA. (Chuck says he is a bad golfer - but this doesn't sound bad to us!)
Best Round - 92 from the tips on Course #2 in Pinehurst NC that he played with his Godson.


His friends Paul Waber and Mark Celeste joined him for his 50th state. They all wore shirts with "Final Round - 50 states in 25 years" as they played at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon in June 2015. To make it a little more authentic, they all wore knickers!

Now that his 50 state journey is complete, he is now working toward golfing in all the Canadian provinces. 

Safe and happy travels........ and golfing! 
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<![CDATA[From lebanon to the u.s.a. From JFK to lAX to JFK]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:35:56 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/from-lebanon-to-the-usa
We congratulate Afif Abla as the first All Fifty Club member from the country of Lebanon and the first All Fifty Club member from the Middle East. What an inspiration!

Afif drove from New York to Los Angeles and back over the course of 39 days and 13,872 miles. He actually went from airport to airport - JFK to LAX! He went to 27 states on the way there and 21 states on the way back and visited more than 25 national and state parks. 



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Afif Abla's route up and around the USA
He experienced Death Valley at its finest at 118 degrees and cooled off in West Yellowstone, Montana at 39 degrees.

It is an understatement to say he saw so much in such little time. How could he remember all that he saw? No worries for him -  He can enjoy his trip over and over again by looking at his amazing collection of the more than 20,000 photos he took! His photography is absolutely breath-taking and took me back to some of my personal favorites. A few of his pictures are shown here, but you can check out more on his Facebook page  www.facebook.com/afifablaphotography.



We are looking forward to seeing his pictures of Alaska and Hawaii someday!

Favorite place: Grand Canyon National Park
48 contiguous state goal completed: August 19, 2017
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<![CDATA[Fillable USA Map´╗┐]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:56:16 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/fillable-usa-mapUse this map to track your quest to visit ALL FIFTY STATES!
Fillable USA Map
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<![CDATA[Yellowstone National Park - Like No Place On Earth]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:23:00 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/yellowstone-national-park-like-no-place-on-earthAuthor: Eric
Disneyland may be the "happiest place on earth" but the motto "like no place on earth" undoubtedly belongs to Yellowstone National Park. This isn't just a proclamation from a Yellowstone fanatic and proud Wyomingite; the fact is that Yellowstone contains the largest area of geothermal activity and the most number of geysers than any other place on earth. What's truly amazing is that visitors can get very close to these features, often only yards away. A 1200 mile family road trip took us to nearly all corners of the park, enabling us (on our quest to visit All Fifty States) to set foot in Montana and Idaho, in addition to Wyoming, our home state. We stopped at most visitor centers and points of interests along the way which made for very long but enjoyable days. Yellowstone is extremely large and the roads are not always fast due to road construction and animal traffic jams. Despite the hours in the car, we were never bored because of the varying unworldly scenery and serene forests. The trip was amazing! My one disappointment was not seeing a bear in the park or a bald eagle. However, we saw raptors at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and a bald eagle and bear at the Wolf/Grizzly Discover Center. In the park we saw swan, deer and buffalo.
 
Our trip itinerary is below and the slideshow contains some of the most interesting photos from the trip.

Day 1: Drove from Cheyenne, WY to Cody, WY. Stopped at the dinosaur museum along the way in Thermopolis, WY. Spent the night in Cody, WY.
Day 2: Spent several hours in the morning at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Drove from Cody, WY to the to the east entrance of Yellowstone. Drove the east loop north and spent the night in Gardiner, MT, the town near the north entrance of Yellowstone.  The kids got a new state!
Day 3:  Drove the west loop south and headed to the west entrance of Yellowstone. Stayed outside the town of West Yellowstone and experienced our first time "glamping" at Yellowstone Under Canvas.
Day 4: Drove 5 miles east so we could put our feet down in Idaho (and get a new state!). Headed back and spent an hour or so at the Grizzly/Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone and then headed into Yellowstone. Drove south on the west loop and out of the park through the south entrance towards Grand Teton National Park. Spent some time in Grand Teton National Park sitting on the beach, lunch in Jackson, WY, and then stayed the night in Pinedale, WY.
Day 5: Headed home from Pinedale, WY to Cheyenne, WY.
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<![CDATA[Vietnam War MIA Green BERET visits all 50]]>Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:00:52 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/vietnam-war-mia-green-beret-visits-all-50
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Kathy Strong with bracelet in 2011
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James Moreland, photo taken approximately 1966
Very few people go to all 50 states by chance. It takes determination and dedication to visit every state whether it is done all at once over many years. One 50 stater, Kathy Strong from Walnut Creek, CA, has taken dedication to a whole other level in an amazing story of loyalty and patriotism. When she was 12 years old, in 1972, she received a special Christmas gift she had asked for, a bracelet engraved with the name of a P.O.W./M.I.A. solider from the Vietnam War.  In the early1970's, millions of bracelets were sold in support of the U.S. soldiers who had not yet come home. Kathy put the bracelet on and promised herself that she would not take it off until her soldier, Spc. 5th Class James Moreland returned. As the years passed and he still was not found, she learned more about James Moreland. He was from Bessemer, Alabama, enlisted in 1966, and was assigned to the Green Berets as a paratrooper and medic. James was listed as missing after a battle at Lang Vei in Vietnam in 1968 at the age of 22.

Kathy continued to wear the bracelet everywhere she went including at least 3 cross country trips between the San Fransicsco, CA area and Buffalo, New York. Her family took different routes through many states until the only states she had not visited were states north of New York, Florida and Louisiana. Kathy made trips to those states and finished the 50 state journey in Lousiana in 1987 at the age of 27.  She continued to carry the spirit of James Moreland with her by wearing the bracelet on more trips, overseas this time, to over 21 countries.  

Kathy Strong connected with the family of James Moreland and has stayed in touch throughout the years. The family notified her in 2011 when they received the call that his remains had been identified. They had been recovered during an excavation of the battle area and returned to the U.S. in 1999 but the DNA identification was not made until 2011. Kathy attended the funeral in Alabama and laid the bracelet on James's uniform as he was laid to rest. 

James was listed as missing for 43 years and Kathy wore the bracelet for 38 years. She kept her promise to wear the bracelet until he eventually came home. She also vowed that his name and ultimate sacrifice would never be forgotten so she is now on a mission of placing a memorial brick with his name on it in each state.  If you are aware of a memorial opportunity in your state, please let us know

State Favorite: Home - San Francisco area California. However, Alabama made quite the impression when she attended James Moreland's funeral. Kathy was blown away by the warm welcome and support of the people of Alabama.
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World Favorite: Budapest 


More on the Kathy Strong/James Moreland Story:
www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article80720637.html
Kathy Strong photo from Contra Costa Times.

Let us not forget the remaining 1,619 soldiers that are still
listed as missing from the Vietnam War.
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<![CDATA[States & Countries Visited by Prince]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:39:59 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/states-countries-visited-by-princePicture
Author: Eric
​I was curious how many US States and Countries musician Prince Rogers Nelson visited during his lifetime so I did some research and tallied everything up. I'll get to his map shortly, but first want to share a little about being a fan of his music and postulate about how he will ultimately be remembered.

I was fortunate to see Prince live in concert three times, although, due to his battle with Warner Bros., at two of the concerts he was simply referred to as "The Artist".  Growing up as a child of the 80's, my sisters and I sang and danced along to his records and were mesmerized by his wild clothing and uniqueness. I believe we were too young to know what many of his songs were really about! After his death, I've come to the realization that I was lucky to exist on the earth at the same time as possibly one of the most musically gifted and talented artists in history. He simply could pick up any guitar (or any other instrument for that matter) and just play and sing effortlessly. If you beg to differ, check out his epic guitar prowess at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction or this MTV Unplugged medley. Prince was truly a once in a lifetime artist!  

Whether or not you like the type of music he wrote, produced, and performed, in decades and centuries to come I believe he will be remembered for more than his hits such as Purple Rain and When Doves Cry. He will be remembered as a risk taking, trail blazing artistic genius who fought for his rights and took on the music industry (and won). His journey through life will be written in the history books as one of freedom; freedom to control his musical artistry and his life; freedom to explore topics outside the mainstream and push things to the edge; freedom to produce music for music's sake; not for critical acclaim, commercial airplay, or profit; freedom to experiment with unique musical textures and styles; freedom to maintain a sense of privacy and mystery in this "me me me" age of social media and self promotion; freedom to be a humanitarian without seeking recognition and freedom to live his life believing that there is goodness and genius in everyone. According to one of his close friends, Van Jones, Prince believed it was just a matter of pulling out the good in people.

During Prince's life, he toured nearly every year since he started in 1979 at the age of 21. According to data on 26 tours and concerts from the site goldiesparade.co.uk, Prince visited 40 U.S states plus Washington D.C. and 27 Countries.

I was very surprised to learn that Prince visited my home state of Wyoming in 1986 as a result of a Sheridan, Wyoming resident winning an MTV contest. This was his only visit to Wyoming, the least populated state in the U.S. The contest awarded the premier of Prince's movie Under the Cherry Moon to the 10,000th caller, 20 year old Sheridan resident Lisa Barber. Prince's entourage arrived in Sheridan (population 25,000 in 1986), attended the premier at a local movie theater and then gave a concert afterwards at the Holiday Inn. This was an MTV televised event and some of the footage can be seen here.   

The states he visited (as part of an official tour or concert series) are listed below with the number of times visited indicated. Prince gave many additional concerts at his Paisley Park home and studio in MN which may not be included in the number. Additionally, I did not extensively research states and countries that Prince may have visited for leisure, although Prince does not strike me as the type who took many vacations. It is widely reported that Prince was an incessant musician who constantly recorded material and he had mics installed in every room in his home so he could record from any room.  It is also reported that he has hundreds of unreleased songs and 50 fully produced music videos of unreleased material.  It will be interesting to see if his estate releases this vault and equally intriguing if his Paisley Park Studios and personal residence is turned into a museum enabling his fans to further celebrate the life of this musical genius.

States Visited 1979-2016, Number of Visits

California, 20
Minnesota, 16 (home state)
Michigan,15
New York, 15
Georgia,14
Illinois, 13
Ohio, 13
Texas, 12
Pennsylvania, 11
Louisiana, 11
Massachusetts, 10
Colorado, 10
Florida, 10
Missouri, 10
North Carolina, 10
Tennessee, 9
Virginia, 9
Washington DC, 9
Kentucky, 8
Maryland, 8
Alabama, 7
Indiana, 7
Nevada, 7
New Jersey, 7
South Carolina, 7
Wisconsin, 6
Arizona, 5
Connecticut, 5
Nebraska, 5
Washington, 5
Mississippi, 4
Oregon, 4
Arkansas, 3
Iowa, 3
Oklahoma, 3
Utah, 3
Hawaii, 2
New Mexico, 2
North Dakota, 1
Rhode Island, 1
Wyoming, 1
Alaska, 0
Delaware, 0
Idaho, 0
Kansas, 0
Maine, 0
Montana, 0
New Hampshire, 0
South Dakota, 0
Vermont, 0
West Virginia, 0
   

We pay homage to this great musical genius and his 40 U.S. State visits.  The map below was created with the Travel Goal Getter iPad App. (not visible - he toured in Hawaii but not Alaska)
Prince also visited 27 countries as part of a tour or concert series:

Countries Visited 1979-2016, Number of Visits
The Netherlands, 14

France, 13
UK, 12
Belgium, 12
Germany (includes West Germany, visits prior to 1990), 11
Sweden, 9
Canada, 9
Denmark, 8
Switzerland, 7
Italy, 6
Japan, 6
Norway, 5
Austria, 4
Ireland, 4
Australia, 4
Portugal, 4
Spain, 3
Monaco, 1
China, 1
UAE, 1
Poland, 1
Luxembourg, 1
Finland, 1
Hungary, 1
Curacao, 1

New Zealand, 1

Below is Prince's world map created using the 
Travel Goal Getter iPad App. Please note that on the map, the territories of Canada are counted separately (for those people having a goal to visit all of the territories of Canada).
What are your memories of Prince? Share your experiences and comment below.
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<![CDATA[how to visit all 50]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 22:18:35 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/how-to-visit-all-50How do people visit all 50 states? How long does it take them? Can you visit all 50 at once? While there are endless variations on how travelers visit all fifty states, there are some common themes.
                                                Life Journey to All 50
                                                    Cannonball Run
                                                      One Epic Trip
                                                     Regional Trips
                                                     Cross Country
                                                    With a Purpose

life journey to all 50

Most people visit all 50 along their life journey. During childhood states were visited during trips to visit family and family "road trips". During college-age years, people often branch out and travel to new places for school, They meet people from different places which give them reasons to visit new parts of the country. Other opportunities open up for travel. Others join the military and travel to bases across the country and the world. Careers take us to places we never expected to go. All 50 staters are truck drivers, aircraft accident investigators, flight attendants, consultants, music artists. Then as adults we take vacations or trips as a break from the normal routine. Retirement, for many, offers more freedom to travel to places that people have been wanting to go to.  Somewhere along the way we start counting how many states we have been to. Many find they are about 35 states and then make plans to go to the rest!

Life Paths to All 50
Alicia Rovey, All Fifty Club President
Chrstine Dell'Amore, Wall Street Journal, I Was Determined to visit all 50
​Lori Spangler, author of Miles of Memories

cannonball run

Few people actually do the Cannonball Run method to go to all 50, but most of us are intrigued by the idea of it!  How fast can you actually go to all 50 states? It can be calculated! No Grand Canyon, No Golden Gate Bridge. This is gas stop and go!  Don't feel too bad for people who travel this way though - it is usually a repeat trip and there will surely be more trips back to states in the future.

Cannonball Runs
50States7Days - Nate Williams, Brian Mehrens, Josh Willis, Chris Watson. Time: 6 days, 17 hours, 31 minutes
Gary and Peter Flanagan - 8 days 20 minutes
​Calculation of another fast method.

one epic trip

Statue of Liberty, the St Louis Arch, prairies of Kansas, so many places in the U.S. to visit. These travelers decide to see it all! The sights are calling their name and saying the time is NOW!  Some people in this category have sold their homes and quit their jobs, then bought and RV and traveled the U.S.A.  This route will take much longer than a speed trip through the states because in order to go the main SITES means more than just crossing a state border.  These travelers are going to the heart of many states and zig-zagging across the country.  

Example Epic Trips
All 50 State Capitols
National Park Trip
Optimal Landmark Trip by Randy Olson
RV Trip
​Afif Abla - from JFK to LAX and LAX to JFK

regional trips

The U.S.A. is full of so many sights to see it is very difficult to determine what where to go let alone how to go to many places on one trip. Also small things like having to work and having to pay for the trips get in the way. A 50 state journey can be more obtainable by breaking it up into multiple trips. Some travelers are very intentional about these trips by mapping out their trips from the onset - with a 10 year plan.

Example Regional Trips
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​Alaska and Pacific Northwest - 3 states (AK, WA, OR)  Many flights to Alaska route through Seattle so travelers can incorporate a visit to the state of Washington and nearby state of Oregon before or after a trip to Alaska. 

Alaska and Pacific Northwest Travel Blog
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Yellowstone Trip - (ND, SD, MT, WY, ID).  This trip incorporates some of the most popular national parks. Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons. 

CROSS COUNTRY

Going all the way from coast to coast or border to border allows you to experience the vastness of the U.S.A. ​Most people may do a cross country trip by car or train, then take regional trips to complete all 50. Really long road trip across the country tend to be the most memorable - bound to have some unexpected experiences! 

Example Cross Country Treks
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I-40 map from Wikipedia
​Interstate 40 - 8 states, (Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina) Major sites: Lake Havasu City, Grand Canyon, Alburqueque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, LIttle Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Smoky Mountains, Asheville, Wilmington, North Carolina
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Southwest Chief Map by Amtrak

Amtrak Train Southwest Chief - 8 states (Los Angeles, CA, AZ, NM, CO, KS, MO, IA, Chicago, IL) incredible scenery, cross country train experience.
Southwest Chief Travel Story 
PictureRoute 66 map by guideantravelfiles.wordpress.com



Route 66 - 8 states. (Santa Monica, CA, AZ, NM, TX, OK, KS, MO, Chicago, IL), unbelievable scenery, nostalgia, history

with a purpose 

Some 50 staters began their journey not to visit all 50 states but to instead to take a passion to all 50 states. These diverse and unique accomplishments are listed on the Travel Goal Getter/All Fifty Club Record Holders Page.
 


​Janine Stange
went on a mission to sing the National Anthem in every state. 
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Larry Kirk spread awarness for the sport of Disc Golfing when he played a round in every state.

What to do after all 50

What to do after all 50?  This question will be answered in a future blog, but part of the answer is to go back to all 50 again via a different theme! Regardless of how you get to all 50, you become a 50 stater, a member of the All Fifty Club and accomplished a lifetime achievement with travel memories. 

Photo Credits
51capitolsin51days
Mount Rushmore picture from creative commons Collins_Family
I-40 map from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_40 
Amtrak Southwest Chief map from Amtrak www.amtrak.com/southwest-chief-train 
Route 66 map from https://guideandtravel.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/route-66-map.png
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<![CDATA[take me out to the ball game.. across the country]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:19:57 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/take-me-out-to-the-ball-game-across-the-country
Jason and Jennifer James have completed all 50 and have the tattoos to prove it! They visited every state as a couple before they turned age 30. During their travels they attended baseball games in all 30 professional baseball stadiums. Thus 50-30-30! What fantastic memories they share. If a marriage can last through an adventure like that then the marriage is bound to last forever! 
768 miles in 23.5 hours, rolling black-outs, snowfall... 
For one of their trips they rented a convertible at the San Francisco airport at 7 in the morning. They drove down Lombard Street and across the Golden Gate Bridge before heading to Muir Woods National Monument. Then they drove through the fields of Wine Country and stopped at the Jelly Belly Tour in Fairfield, CA. They visited family in Colfax, CA then onto Reno, NV. After a quick dinner and visiting several casinos, the city began experiencing rolling blackouts from heavy winds. They headed back to San Francisco but had to drive through heavy snowfall in the Sierra Mountains near Truckee. No visibility for several hours! They arrived in San Francisco at approx. 4 a.m. and used their last couple hours of the rental and it's prepaid gas driving all over the city. That's some Travel Goal Getters! 

Favorite place: San Francisco
Memorable eats: cheesecake in Phildelphia, pizza on Atlantic City Boardwalk
Picture: Jennifer and James on the longest floating boardwalk in the world in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 


May the travels continue! Thanks for the inspiration!



 
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<![CDATA[UKULELE across the USA]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:03:44 GMThttp://travelgoalgetter.com/travel-blog/ukulele-across-the-usa
Terry Hardy and Peg Whalen had a unique and ambitous tour of the United States.Terry played and sang the state song on the ukulele at the state capitol of each state. This was no easy endeavor. They had to research what the state song was, learn the song, play it at the capitol, and record the performance. 

Then not only did they complete their 'Uke Quest' but they documented it on a website that includes a wonderful record of their travels. Each state has a complete record of the state flag, name of the state capital and state song, recording of the state song played by Terry on the ukulele, a picture of a postcard from the state, a picture of Terry with the ukulele at the capital, and a picture of Peg at the capitol. Terry even has a state t-shirt on for most of his performances. The effort that went into this remarkable project is unbelievable. Check it out! 

Some of their favorite travel memories are: hiking in Vermont in the fall, wandering the streets and listening to music in New Orleans, Austin, and Nashville, hiking Joshua Tree and Death Valley, and driving/hiking in North Dakota. They loved the prairies of Teddy Roosevelt National Park and the deserts of Utah.

Thank you Terry and Peg for documenting your trip. It is an inspiration and we foresee it will be a great resource for many! What a legacy!
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