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Ellie Elevates Denali National Park

Ellie Elevates Denali National Park

Episode 8 of Ellie Elevates Your National Parks is now available on Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and many other podcast apps. Tune in to learn more about Denali National Park. You can also listen right here:

Go Your Own Way

Go Your Own Way

“You can go your own way.” – Fleetwood Mac Today was another boring day despite the stop at the Hoover National Historic Site. We drove 7.5 hours from Omaha to home, and that was about it. We did listen to Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitare” which had some interesting insights into life in the desert. The real story today is that it’s the actual end of the trip. As I write this we’re about 45 minutes from home. I am looking…

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Let It Go

Let It Go

“So come on, let it go Just let it be” – James Bay Most boring day of the trip. Nothing happened, but too early to write “the end”. I guess it’s a mental transition day. I did have a nice last Kimpton shower and coffee this morning. Then sat in the car all day. We also had a weird dinner. Great food, but bizarre place. Check in tomorrow for more thoughtful reflections on the trip.

End of the Line

End of the Line

“Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line” – Traveling Wilburys Today felt like the end of the line for #RTXVIII. The next two days we’ll be driving home. Back to our fairly normal lives. Molly doesn’t want us to reflect yet, but with all the adventure behind us it is hard not to. We did convince her to let us start working on some of the trip…

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Way Down We Go

Way Down We Go

“You let your feet run wild” – Kaleo Today we left Rocky Mountain National Park. The good news, though, is that despite my post a day or two ago about not knowing when I’d return to a place, I feel very confident that I’ll be back here again next June. We talked a bit today about our favorite part of the trip. While that is an exceedingly hard question to answer since there were so many amazing people, places, and…

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Bright

Bright

“I think the universe is on my side” – Echosmith I’m kind of at a loss about how to write about today. The end was so spectacular that I feel like I should lead with that. Perhaps now that I’ve teased it you’ll stick around until the end. Last night we decided that we would take this morning easy. We knew that our scheduled backpacking trip would only take 2 or 3 hours at most, so tossed around the idea…

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Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

“You can talk to [g]od and listen to the casual reply” – John Denver There can’t be any better place in the world than on top of an alpine mountain. Somehow it took until day 41 for me to get there this year, but the wait was worth it. For several years I’ve been wanting to hike Mt. Ida. The hike to Ida follows the continental divide providing views over most of the northern portion of Rocky Mountain National Park….

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Push

Push

“Things get so crazy, crazy Don’t rush this baby” – Matchbox 20 Getting up at 6:30 is actually considered sleeping in on road trips, but it was especially hard this morning since I woke up in a comfortable bed. The smell of bacon wafting up from the kitchen helped ease the transition though. After a quick shower I discovered that Susan had prepared not only bacon, but also french toast, eggs, and fruit. By the time I’d finished breakfast it…

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Girl On Fire

Girl On Fire

“Head in the clouds” – Alicia Keys For me the first half of today was pretty crummy. I just hung out in the hotel waiting for the girls to get back from their adventure, at least I’m back to healthy though. Go read their posts for all the details about their morning. I was super proud of them and also super jealous of them getting to complete their second 14er. Way to go! I was also really excited when they…

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