Well it’s 8.62 days, 206.97 hours or 745,091 seconds before I commence my trip back to the US of A. Seriously can’t wait! and yes I am counting every second :)
I am currently printing out maps, tour passes and all sorts of stuff to make it easier.
Last time i was over in the States I had a few issues with directions etc. Started with buying a gps which needed an immediate software update and turned out that it wouldn’t work. (Didn’t get one from the hire company as the rental costs alone I could have brought 3.) Stuffed up itinerary from the travel agent (though I take blame for this as I should know where Im going :) ) and a few other things. Long winded… My wife on occasion rung me with directions and then fb messaged some as well. So this time I plan to have a back up for my back up for my back up.
Things I found helpful last time?
*240v inverter for the car. Why you say. Because I am doing about 4000miles which will give me a chance to charge my equipment.
*Seriously comfortable and supportive hiking boots.
Last time I scored! I walked into a store in Perth WA who were having a sale. I managed to purchase some Asolo hiking boots for about a 1/3 of the price. I still have those boots and wear them when ever I am out and about. This time I wasn’t so luck on the sale but dang, they are worth every cent spent. the new ones are better equipped for snow which I hope I see.
*Thongs, aka, flip flops, aka, foot falcons, jandals (for our kiwi friends). I hadn’t thought this one through before I left. I thought I probably wouldn’t need these being a cooler country. I ended up purchasing a set of flip flops in Utah after I went hiking through some canyons and ended up knee deep in water and must say that whilst they were good and still have them, they were well over priced in comparison to Aus.
*Missed last time, Camel back… say no more, hydration is important.
This time I will be spending some decent time in Yosemite, Page Arizona, Zion (have ensured that I have enough time to do Angels Landing), through to Glacier and many parks throughout Oregon. This isn’t to mention time that I will be spending in the Muir Woods, Redwood National Park, Alcatraz and a few other places to boot!
Im hoping to catch up with my friends at Heaven and Earth Designs in Oregon and a few other people :) So if you see me, say g’day!