Part 2 – All American cross country road trip – 56 days, 22 states and 8,200mi

Part 2 All American road trip - 56 days, 22 states, 8,200 miles

Part 2

  • Moab, UT
  • Mesa Verde NP, CO
  • Telluride, CO
  • Hanging Lake, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Breckenridge, CO
  • San Diego, CA

Moab

I made a trip to Utah for the first time last fall to visit Zion and Brian Head and was completely taken back by the beauty this state has to offer. Dorota told me Moab was every bit as amazing as Zion, if not better and I would have to agree. We spent a couple days there, between Canyonlands and Arches there was so much to see. Oh yeah, camping on the Colorado River was pretty awesome too!

Mesa Verde NP

Mesa Verde was just one of many unexpected stops along this road trip. We never heard of Mesa Verde until we were researching places to go after Moab. Our time here was cut short due to a large storm system moving in that we managed to just sneak out of but it was still well worth the stop.

Telluride

You start to run out of adjectives when you come across so many (beautiful/pretty/amazing) cities in such a short period of time.  If you’ve seen any Coors Light commercials then theres a good chance you’ve seen the mountains around Telluride. Big, steep, jagged, and in between them all sits the town of Telluride, a ski-town in the purest sense of the word.

Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake was great, but lets just say we weren’t prepared for this one. Both Dorota and I do a good amount of hiking and spend a lot of time outdoors so our experience wasn’t exactly the issue, as it was the lack of research we put into this place. Being the middle of winter and in the Rockies there’s obviously going to be snow on the ground, but we weren’t properly equipped for an extremely steep, 1 mile climb. Between the altitude and lack of proper foot gear we had our work cut out for us. Not to mention that the final ascent was by far the most steep and icy with snow levels causing what would be a hip high handrail to be at our feet.  As we scaled the last part of this hike with our hands by our feet it was hard not to look over the other side and think about one misstep being your last step. However, just like most adventures that get a little dicey it only makes the final destination that much better.

Boulder and Breckenridge, CO

After a day of snowboarding at Copper Mountain and a night in Frisco we arrived in Boulder where I would post up for the next week. Dorota was leaving at the same time my friend Mike was coming out to join me for the remainder of the trip. We spent our time between Boulder and Denver, meeting up with some friends and doing some light sight seeing. Just a couple days after Mike arrived we had two other friends fly out and meet us in Breckendrige for some boarding. Conditions were great, lots of fresh powder but absolutely frigid temperatures (-35 windchill).

San Diego, CA

Not a lot of time was spent in between Breck and San Diego as the weather was pretty crappy along the way. We made the 1,100mi drive in about 16 hours and was now officially able to claim that I had driven cross country! San Diego was just what we needed after long days of snowboarding and the constant snow and rain for the past several weeks. Being off season we were able to get a place for about $100/night from AirBnB right on the water in Carlsbad. We stayed here for a week where we spent a lot of time playing frisbee, surfing, trying out some local beers and meeting up with different friends every night. And as per usual, it was 78 degrees and sunny every day which is one of the main reasons San Diego has become my favorite city.