The main vacation this year was a four week long road trip, spanning thirteen US states. But first we had a stop in Stavanger, and then another stop in Reykjavik.
We’ve written about every day of the trip in a series of blog posts earlier, which you can find here:
- US trip 2014 – The saga continues
- US Trip 2014 – First days in Seattle
- US Trip 2014 – The big event weekend
- US Trip 2014 – On the road to Yellowstone
- US Trip 2014 – Yellowstone
- US Trip 2014 – The quest to Mingo
- US Trip 2014 – From Perryton to Prescott
- US Trip 2014 – A Grand Day
- US Trip 2014 – From Page to Hanksville
- US Trip 2014 – The scenic route
- US Trip 2014 – From Bryce to Zion
- US Trip 2014 – Long distance FTF and a milestone
- US Trip 2014 – An elevated experience
- US Trip 2014 – From Arch to Canyon
- US Trip 2014 – And Now for Something Completely Different
- US Trip 2014 – Reaching a major milestone
- US Trip 2014 – A journy to the top of the world
- US Trip 2014 – The long way to Denver
- US Trip 2014 – The last days in Denver
The four week long trip is now over, and we’ve seen and experienced a lot! We found a total of 685 caches (28 DNF) on this trip, if we include the start in Stavanger. That is 97 caches more than we had planned to find.
We hosted two events, one in Stavanger before we left and one in Reykjavik on the way to Seattle. We attended several events in and around Seattle, GIFF, the Block Party, Going APE and a meet’n greet in Williams, AZ. We’ve met a lot of nice people!
We drove around 380km (236mi) on Iceland, and found a total of 17 caches. Not bad for such a short visit!
In comparison, we drove about 6453mi (9903km) on this route:
We found a total of 644 caches in 97 counties in 13 US states. 92 of them were virtuals, and 8 of them webcam caches. We found a total of 85 earthcaches, 1 one them in Stavanger and 5 of them on Iceland. We even created an earthcache during this trip.
We’ve taken a whole lot of photos, and have uploaded 931 new photos to geocaching.com (14 from Stavanger, 28 from Iceland, 889 from USA).
We’ve visited 10 National Parks and several National Monuments and other parks. All of them were great, but I will have to say that Yellowstone and Arches were the highlights!
We’ve had mostly good weather, some rain in Seattle and a heavy storm in Kansas, but we can’t complain!
The states we visited:
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
The National Parks we visited:
- Yellowstone National Park
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
Other interesting places we visited was (in random order) Mt. Rushmore, Carhenge, Cadillac Ranch, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Goblin Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Moki Dugway and GC30 Mingo – the worlds oldest active cache.
Here’s a list of my logs on a few special caches, you can easily say that a lot happened during these four weeks!