Monday, May 16, 2011

Mt Greylock, Massachusetts and Arrival in Maine

Day: 30
Miles: 6,666 (exactly)
Location: Gorham, Maine
Love that quote...
One adventure ends and another begins... I've arrived safely in Maine after traveling 6,666 miles exactly through some of the wildest parts of America.

I couldn't resist squeezing one more adventure out of this trip; the climbing of Mt Greylock. It was a very easy "climb" that was not more than a mile. Really, it was more symbolic than anything. I'm not big on ceremony or long goodbyes, but this was my last mountain on this adventure but also the beginning of a new adventure! I mean this in two ways; its the first mountain of a new quest to climb New England's 50 finest mountains and also my first "metaphorical" adventure in New England. I thought it was a nice touch! Mt Greylock also happens to be my 12th state highpoint climbed!
The War Memorial atop Mt Greylock
Geez, what an adventure. I haven't seen the sun set upon the same horrizon in 30 days!

By the numbers...
  • Total Milage: 6,666 miles
  • Total Time Spent Driving: 155 hours
  • Average MPG: 30 mpg
  • Cost: $1,100 (about)
  • States Visted: 18 (California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario (Canada, obviously), New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine)
  • National Park Units Visted: 19 units, 9 of them being National Parks
  • Mountains Climbed: 9 (Mt Humphreys, AZ, Mt Elbert, CO, Panorama Point, NE Middle Teton, WY, Deer Mtn, CO, Harney Peak, SD, White Butte, ND, Mt Greylock, MA)
I accomplished nearly 33 separate goals on my "List of things to do before I die". I say separate because I actually accomplished over 40 but some of these overlap such as "Visit Minnesota" and "Kayak Voyageurs National Park".

All in all, I accomplished everything I wanted to do when I set off 30 days ago save for one thing; I couldn't climb Longs Peak in Colorado due to weather problems. I'm not sad though, I set some ambitious goals and accomplished them!
One of the first pictures I took on this journey
In case you wanted to know, here's the list of everything I set of to do!
  • Hike Mojave National Preserve, CA
  • Climb Humphreys Peak, AZ
  • Visit Wupatki National Monument, AZ
  • Visit Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ
  • Hike Monument Valley, AZ/UT
  • Visit Valley of the Gods, UT
  • Hiking Natural Bridges National Monument, UT
  • Hike Hovenweep National Monument, UT
  • Hike Mesa Verde National Park, CO
  • Canyoneer to the River of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO
  • Climb Mt Elbert, CO
  • Visit Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
  • Visit Garden of the Gods, CO
  • Visit family!
  • Hike Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
  • Climb Panorama Point, NE
  • Cross Country Ski Medicine Bow Mtns, WY
  • Hike Yellowstone National Park, WY
  • Climb Middle Teton, WY
  • Visit Teton National Park, WY
  • Cave in Jewel Cave National Monument, SD
  • Cave in Wind Cave National Monument, SD
  • Climb Harney Peak, SD
  • Visit Mt Rushmore, SD
  • Visit Minutemen Missile National Historic Site, SD
  • Visit Badlands National Monument, SD
  • Visit the Geographic Center of America, SD
  • Climb White Butte, ND
  • Hike Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
  • Kayak Voyageurs National Park, MN
  • Hike Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI
  • Hike Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI
  • Hike Mt Greylock, MA
I'm damn proud. It's been a great adventure. I'll post something more reflective soon!

1 comment:

  1. Whoo, that is quite a lot of accomplishment packed in one blogpost! My name is Leila, I hike sometimes and intern for, a site for peakbaggers. Considering you have a ton of peaks under your belt, I think you'd love it, won't you check it out? It's a free site that catalogs the peaks you have summited, records your progress on peak lists and lets you browse peaks around the world. We really appreciate the feedback of active 'baggers, so please shoot any questions comments my way at . Happy adventuring!