Monday, March 28, 2011

For starters, the State Line-up and possible places to hit!!!



Starting State Colorado (#1)


Utah (#2)





Arches National Park





Arches National Park
362 mi - about 6 hours 19 mins




















Utah:  Golden Cathedral, the last rappel in Neon Canyon


Arizona (#3)




Grand Canyon National Park




Grand Canyon National Park
344 mi - about 7 hours 2 mins
benched:
Ruins of Anasazi cliff dwellings Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park (Forests of Stone), Jerome (It used to be a ghost ton but it's now filled with artists, musicians, hermits, writers, etc), Bisbee, Sahuarita, Tubac
Monument Valley
Ruins of Anasazi cliff dwellings Canyon de Chelly
Petrified Forest National Park (Forests of Stone)
Jerome
Bisbee


Nevada (#4)
drive through via las vegas
Lake Tahoe




California (#5)
Morro Bay... you can pitch a tent on the edge of some amazing 400 foot cliffs... just don't fall off!)
I-40 W
689 mi - about 12 hours 10 mins 
Eureka
US-101 N
499 mi - about 8 hours 42 mins
benched:
Sequoia National Park, Burney Falls
Hearst Castle



Oregon (#6)
Tillamook
US-101 N
383 mi- about 6 hours 57 mins




Cave Junction











Solvang











Washington (#7)


Mopeding, La Push












La Push, WA

US-101 N
268 mi- about 5 hours 23 mins
Olympia, WA
US-101 E
187 mi- about 3 hours 43 mins
benched: Seattle's Science Fiction Museum
Olympia

Idaho (#8)













Drive throughbenched: City of Rocks 
Camping at City of Rocks: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/idaho/city_of_rocks/105861472
Owyhee River














Montana (#9)



Onondaga Cave State Park








Onondaga Cave State Park
866 mi- about 13 hours 29 mins




Glacier National Park












North Dakota (#10)
Drive through
Red Hills
Plains Art Museum (which contains works from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali)

Wyoming (#11)
Drive through


South Dakota (#12)
Rapid City
Via US-12 E
486 mi- about 8 hours 25 mins
Cosmos Mystery Area
17.5 mi-about 20 mins


Nebraska (#13)
Drive through

Iowa (#14)
Pella 
709 mi- about 11 hours 17 mins Pictured Rocks Rock Climbing


Minnesota (#15) 
Drive through?
benched:  Climbing http://mountainproject.com/v/minnesota/tettegouche_sp_north_shore/palisade_head/106247500
 Lake Superior
Chippewa National Forest
Barn Bluff Rock Climbing


Wisconsin (#16)
Apostle Islands
Apostle Islands











Chippewa Falls
Via I-35 N
368 mi- about 6 hours 31 mins
Bayfield Ice Caves
Via I-35
182 mi- about 3 hours 16 mins
House on the Rock: Spring Green



Bayfield Ice Caves














Michigan (#17)
Traverse City
Via US-2 E
500 mi- about 11 hours 2 mins



















Rocks National Lakeshore


Illinois (#18)


Chicago, Sears Tower's (The Ledge) newest thrill is a glass-bottom floor 103 stories above downtown.









Chicago, Sears Tower's (The Ledge) newest thrill is a glass-bottom floor 103 stories above downtown.
Via US-131 S
315 mi- about 5 hours 44 mins
benched: Jackson Falls Climbing http://mountainproject.com/v/illinois/jackson_falls/106156874

Indiana (#19)
Drive through
 


Ohio (#20)
Drive through

benched: Unusual Architecture


Columbus Museum of Art (featuring Norman Rockwell, Picasso and Degas)
Ohiopyle State Park Rock Climbing

Pennsylvania (#21)
Camel Beach Water Park in Tannersville –features twenty-two waterslides


Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water (Mill Run)
















Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water (Mill Run)
Via I-80 E
521 mi- about 8 hours 59 mins 

National Watch and Clock Museum
http://www.nawcc.org/index.php/museumlibrary

New York (#22)
Elmira
Via I-99 N
275 mi- about 5 hours 4 mins


Massachusetts (#23)
Drive through?
Salem, home of the witch trials, where you can sit in on a mock trial

Vermont (#24)
Drive through?
Norman Rockwell Exhibition

New Hampshire (#25)
Drive through?
Bement, located in Bradford (This bridge is a quarter of a mile long and was built in 1854)
Rumney Rock Climbing

Maine (#26)
Blue Hill
584 mi- about 11 hours 17 mins
benched:  Acadia National Park Climbing http://mountainproject.com/v/maine/acadia_national_park/great_head/106153708

Rhode Island (#27)
Newport Mansions
Via 1-95 S and US-1 S
313 mi- about 5 hours 38 mins
Connecticut (#28)


Gillette Castle, Hadlyme










Gillette Castle, Hadlyme
Via RI-138 W and I-95 S
77 mi- about 1 hour 49 mins
benched: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/connecticut/central_traprock/main_cliff/105804693
New Jersey (#29)
Drive through?

Delaware (#30)
Drive through?

Maryland (#31)
Drive through?
Elk Neck State Park
Clara Barton National Park
Sports Center World
Rocky Gap State Park

West Virginia (#32)
Drive through?
B&O railroad
The Nuclear Bunker for Congress in White Sulphur Springs
New River Gorge Rock Climbing

Virginia (#33)
Drive through?
Neptune Festival
Surfing competitions
Elizabeth Furnace Rock Climbing

Kentucky (#34)
Red River Gorge
1,020 mi- about 16 hours 37 mins
Mammoth Cave
benched: http://mountainproject.com/v/kentucky/red_river_gorge/middle_fork_of_red_river/105880948

Tennessee (#35)
Drive through?
Fort Pillow Tennessee
Foster Falls Rock Climbing

Obed & Clear Creek Rock Climbing


North Carolina (#36)
Brevard
309 mi- about 5 hours 19 mins 
Linville Gorge Rock Climbing
Looking Glass Rock Rock Climbing
Rumbling Bald Rock Climbing

South Carolina (#37)

Drive through

Georgia (#38)














A leisurely walk beneath the Live Oak trees, with Spanish Moss in the Wormsloe Historic Site, the avenue of trees is 1.5 miles long


Rome
233 mi- about 4 hours 9 mins
Providence Canyon
187 mi- about 3 hours 46 mins

benched: Macon Climbing http://www.mountainproject.com/v/georgia/juliette_boulders/106345820

Alabama (#39)
Ave Maria Grotto
Via I-65 N
251 mi- about 4 hours 35 mins
benched:  Northern Alabama, bouldering spots
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/alabama/horse_pens_40/106094862
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/alabama/horse_pens_40/106316030



Florida (#40)
Via Pensacola
301 mi- about 5 hours 17mins

Mississippi (#41)
Drive through via hattiesburg

Louisiana(#42)
Drive through?

Arkansas (#43)
Van Buren
658 mi- about 11 hours 59 mins
Eureka Springs
110 mi- about 1 hour 51 mins
Visit Eureka in fall, when her trees are exploding with color against the limestone walls that define the little canyon in which she sits.  This amazing town has roads so steep that a a corner, a winding road can start on a home's third floor and be next to its first floor two tight left turns later.   Filled with Victorian homes, coffee shops, galleries and souvenir shops, this getaway in the hills of northwestern Arkansas.
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Rock ClimbingSam's Throne and Surrounding Rock Climbing

Missouri (#44)
Drive through
benched:  Climbing http://mountainproject.com/v/missouri/mine_lamotte_aka_the_offsets/105911731
Warsaw Rock Climbing
Trapper's Camp Rock Climbing

Kansas (#45)
Arkansas City

248 mi- about 4 hours 36 mins
The Wizard of Oz Museum

Oklahoma (#46)
Drive through?
Quartz Mountain Rock Climbing
Wichita Wildlife Refuge Rock Climbing


Texas (#47)
Hooker
251 mi- about 5 hours 4 mins

New Mexico (#48)
Drive through via Clayton
















For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are ablaze with colour as hundreds of balloons soar above spectacular arid landscapes 
Enchanted Tower Rock Climbing
Jemez Valley Area Rock Climbing
Taos Area Rock Climbing
Last Chance Canyon Rock Climbing
Los Alamos and White Rock Rock Climbing
Santa Fe Area Rock Climbing

Back to Denver, Colorado
426 mi- about 7 hours 33 mins

Flight to Hawaii (#49)
Mokuleia Wall Rock Climbing


Flight to Alaska (#50)



Ketchikan















Trans-Alaska Pipeline