Phase One: North American Wanderings

As Teachers on Hiatus, we have chosen to take 3 years to explore the world in 5 phases. The first phase was a trip around the United States in our 2009 Hi-Lo Towlite 17T. One of our primary goals was to get ready for the second phase, thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, so we brought along all our fun outdoor adventure toys to get in shape. We aimed at spending 5+ hours a day outside enjoying physical pursuits, including hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, running, biking, tennis, skating, fishing, yoga, Pilates, etc.

Click here to see our all the blog posts we wrote during that 8 month adventure!

And if you’re a huge travel planning geek, you can view this Google Doc where we kept track of our daily itineraries!

Here is how we spent our 8 months on the road:

August-September, 2018
  • Michigan (Aug 1-August 13)
  • Wisconsin (August 13-August 16)
  • Minnesota (August 16-August 23)
  • North Dakota (August 23-August 25)
  • South Dakota (August 25-September 1)
  • Wyoming (September 1-September 7)
  • Montana (September 7-September 14)
  • Idaho (September 14-September 20)
October-November, 2018
  • Oregon (September 20 – October 2)
  • Northern California (October 2 – October 14)
  • Mid California (October 14 – October 31)
November-December, 2018
  • Southern California (November 1-4)
  • Arizona (November 5-9)
  • Visit to PA for Nephling Birth (November 10-15)
  • New Mexico (November 16-27)
  • Texas (November 28-December 9)
  • Louisiana (December 9-18)
  • Mississippi (December 19-22)
  • Columbus, Georgia (December 23-27)
  • Alabama Pinhoti Trail (December 28-January 10)
January-February, 2019
  • West Georgia (January 10-13)
  • Florida (January 14-February 10)
  • Coastal Georgia/South Carolina (February 11-March 3)
March-April, 2019
  • North Carolina (March 11-31)
  • Virginia (April 1-April 11)
  • Maryland (April 12-April 13)
  • Williamsport, PA (April 14-April 28)