September 2010 – April 2013

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Intro

2011 was a bit of a strange year for me, where I mostly traveled within the United States.  For a few years prior, I was flying all over California (mostly San Diego) weekly for work, and racking up domestic free flights faster than I could use them.  In 2010, in the midst of all this work travel, I also decided that I wanted to quit my job, and live and work in London.  This didn’t exactly pan out as planned, but I had it my mind that I was leaving the U.S., and now all of a sudden, felt a pressing need to see it!  Good thing I had all of those free trips!

While there were a few of these mini-trips in adjacent years, I was traveling just about every other weekend for a good part of 2011, each time to different cities and states.  States covered on this collection of  ‘journeys’:  Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Washington, Utah and Nevada.  And that puts me at 46/50 states.  Leaving only Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Alaska left to see!  

The United States is an exceptionally beautiful country — some of the amazing scenic highlights from these trips include Carlsbad Caverns, Yellowstone National Park, White Sands National Monument, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryce and Zion

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1San Francisco, United StatesSeptember 3, 2010September 3, 2010
    2Boise, United StatesSeptember 3, 2010September 5, 2010
    3San Francisco, United StatesSeptember 5, 2010September 5, 2010
    4Oakland, United StatesApril 7, 2011April 7, 2011
    5Las Vegas, United StatesApril 7, 2011April 7, 2011
    6Houston, United StatesApril 7, 2011April 8, 2011
    7Galveston, United StatesApril 8, 2011April 8, 2011
    8Baton Rouge, United StatesApril 8, 2011April 10, 2011
    9St. Francisville, United StatesApril 10, 2011April 10, 2011
    10Baton Rouge, United StatesApril 10, 2011April 11, 2011
    11Lafayette, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    12Abbeville, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    13Crowley, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    14Lake Charles, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    15Beaumont, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    16La Porte, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    17Houston, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    18Oakland, United StatesApril 11, 2011April 11, 2011
    19San Francisco, United StatesMay 13, 2011May 13, 2011
    20Denver, United StatesMay 13, 2011May 13, 2011
    21New Orleans, United StatesMay 13, 2011May 13, 2011
    22Baton Rouge, United StatesMay 13, 2011May 14, 2011
    23New Orleans, United StatesMay 14, 2011May 14, 2011
    24Baton Rouge, United StatesMay 14, 2011May 15, 2011
    25Woodville, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    26Natchez, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    27Jena, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    28Natchitoches, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    29Alexandria, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    30Opelousas, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 15, 2011
    31Baton Rouge, United StatesMay 15, 2011May 16, 2011
    32Ponchatoula, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    33Hammond, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    34Gulfport, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    35Biloxi, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    36Pascagoula, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    37Mobile, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 16, 2011
    38Baton Rouge, United StatesMay 16, 2011May 17, 2011
    39New Orleans, United StatesMay 17, 2011May 17, 2011
    40Denver, United StatesMay 17, 2011May 17, 2011
    41San Francisco, United StatesMay 17, 2011May 17, 2011
    42San Francisco, United StatesMay 28, 2011May 28, 2011
    43Denver, United StatesMay 28, 2011May 30, 2011
    44Boulder, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    45Rocky Mountain National Park, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    46Estes Park, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    47Fort Collins, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    48Laramie, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    49Cheyenne, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 30, 2011
    50Denver, United StatesMay 30, 2011May 31, 2011
    51Idaho Springs, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    52Frisco, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    53Breckenridge, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    54Vail, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    55Leadville, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    56Buena Vista, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    57Colorado Springs, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    58Denver, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    59San Francisco, United StatesMay 31, 2011May 31, 2011
    60Phoenix, United StatesJune 3, 2011June 3, 2011
    61Albuquerque, United StatesJune 3, 2011June 4, 2011
    62Socorro, United StatesJune 4, 2011June 4, 2011
    63Truth or Consequences, United StatesJune 4, 2011June 4, 2011
    64Magdalena, United StatesJune 4, 2011June 4, 2011
    65Very Large Array, United StatesJune 4, 2011June 4, 2011
    66Santa Fe, United StatesJune 4, 2011June 5, 2011
    67Taos, United StatesJune 5, 2011June 5, 2011
    68Albuquerque, United StatesJune 5, 2011June 5, 2011
    69San Francisco, United StatesJune 5, 2011June 5, 2011
    70San Jose, United StatesJune 23, 2011June 23, 2011
    71Kansas City, United StatesJune 23, 2011June 24, 2011
    72Independence, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    73Kansas City, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    74Lawrence, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    75Topeka, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    76Emporia, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    77Wichita, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 24, 2011
    78Tulsa, United StatesJune 24, 2011June 25, 2011
    79Cleveland, United StatesJune 25, 2011June 25, 2011
    80Muskogee, United StatesJune 25, 2011June 25, 2011
    81Checotah, United StatesJune 25, 2011June 25, 2011
    82Oklahoma City, United StatesJune 25, 2011June 26, 2011
    83Norman, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    84Chickasha, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    85Lawton, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    86Wichita Falls, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    87Fort Worth, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    88Dallas, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    89Oakland, United StatesJune 26, 2011June 26, 2011
    90San Jose, United StatesJuly 8, 2011July 8, 2011
    91Nashville, United StatesJuly 8, 2011July 9, 2011
    92Murfreesboro, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    93Chattanooga, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    94Knoxville, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    95Sevierville, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    96Pigeon Forge, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    97Gatlinburg, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    98Cherokee, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 9, 2011
    99Asheville, United StatesJuly 9, 2011July 10, 2011
    100Hendersonville, United StatesJuly 10, 2011July 10, 2011
    101Spartanburg, United StatesJuly 10, 2011July 10, 2011
    102Greenville, United StatesJuly 10, 2011July 10, 2011
    103Columbia, United StatesJuly 10, 2011July 10, 2011
    104Charleston, United StatesJuly 10, 2011July 11, 2011
    105Chicago, United StatesJuly 11, 2011July 11, 2011
    106Oakland, United StatesJuly 11, 2011July 11, 2011
    107San Francisco, United StatesSeptember 1, 2011September 1, 2011
    108Phoenix, United StatesSeptember 1, 2011September 2, 2011
    109Mesa, United StatesSeptember 2, 2011September 2, 2011
    110Florence, United StatesSeptember 2, 2011September 2, 2011
    111Tombstone, United StatesSeptember 2, 2011September 2, 2011
    112Lordsburg, United StatesSeptember 2, 2011September 2, 2011
    113El Paso, United StatesSeptember 2, 2011September 3, 2011
    114Carlsbad, United StatesSeptember 3, 2011September 3, 2011
    115Cloudcroft, United StatesSeptember 3, 2011September 4, 2011
    116Alamogordo, United StatesSeptember 4, 2011September 4, 2011
    117White Sands, United StatesSeptember 4, 2011September 4, 2011
    118Hatch, United StatesSeptember 4, 2011September 4, 2011
    119Las Cruces, United StatesSeptember 4, 2011September 4, 2011
    120Cloudcroft, United StatesSeptember 4, 2011September 5, 2011
    121Mesilla, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    122Deming, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    123Steins, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    124Willcox, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    125Saguaro National Park, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    126Tucson, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    127Phoenix, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    128San Francisco, United StatesSeptember 5, 2011September 5, 2011
    129Denver, United StatesOctober 20, 2011October 20, 2011
    130Minneapolis, United StatesOctober 20, 2011October 21, 2011
    131Saint Paul, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 21, 2011
    132Saint Cloud, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 21, 2011
    133St. Joseph, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 21, 2011
    134Collegeville, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 21, 2011
    135Fergus Falls, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 21, 2011
    136Fargo, United StatesOctober 21, 2011October 22, 2011
    137Jamestown, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    138Bismarck, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    139Dickinson, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    140Glendive, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    141Medora, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    142Belle Fourche, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 22, 2011
    143Deadwood, United StatesOctober 22, 2011October 23, 2011
    144Custer, United StatesOctober 23, 2011October 23, 2011
    145Rapid City, United StatesOctober 23, 2011October 23, 2011
    146Pierre, United StatesOctober 23, 2011October 23, 2011
    147Mitchell, United StatesOctober 23, 2011October 23, 2011
    148Sioux Falls, United StatesOctober 23, 2011October 24, 2011
    149Worthington, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    150Mankato, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    151Waseca, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    152Owatonna, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    153Faribault, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    154Bloomington, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    155Minneapolis, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    156Denver, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    157San Francisco, United StatesOctober 24, 2011October 24, 2011
    158Yosemite National Park, United StatesJanuary 28, 2012January 29, 2012
    159Mariposa, United StatesJanuary 29, 2012January 29, 2012
    160San Francisco, United StatesJanuary 29, 2012January 29, 2012
    161San Diego, United StatesMarch 5, 2012March 5, 2012
    162San Antonio, United StatesMarch 5, 2012March 6, 2012
    163New Braunfels, United StatesMarch 6, 2012March 6, 2012
    164Gruene, United StatesMarch 6, 2012March 6, 2012
    165Austin, United StatesMarch 6, 2012March 7, 2012
    166Las Vegas, United StatesMarch 7, 2012March 7, 2012
    167San Francisco, United StatesMarch 7, 2012March 7, 2012
    168Oakland, United StatesAugust 31, 2012August 31, 2012
    169Spokane, United StatesAugust 31, 2012September 1, 2012
    170Coeur d'Alene, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 1, 2012
    171Missoula, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 1, 2012
    172Helena, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 1, 2012
    173Butte, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 1, 2012
    174Bozeman, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 1, 2012
    175Billings, United StatesSeptember 1, 2012September 2, 2012
    176Livingston, United StatesSeptember 2, 2012September 2, 2012
    177Bozeman, United StatesSeptember 2, 2012September 2, 2012
    178Gardiner, United StatesSeptember 2, 2012September 2, 2012
    179Mammoth, United StatesSeptember 2, 2012September 2, 2012
    180Yellowstone National Park, United StatesSeptember 2, 2012September 3, 2012
    181Grand Tetons National Park, United StatesSeptember 3, 2012September 3, 2012
    182Jackson, United StatesSeptember 3, 2012September 4, 2012
    183Idaho Falls, United StatesSeptember 4, 2012September 4, 2012
    184Blackfoot, United StatesSeptember 4, 2012September 4, 2012
    185Pocatello, United StatesSeptember 4, 2012September 4, 2012
    186Logan, United StatesSeptember 4, 2012September 5, 2012
    187Brigham City, United StatesSeptember 5, 2012September 5, 2012
    188Ogden, United StatesSeptember 5, 2012September 5, 2012
    189Bountiful, United StatesSeptember 5, 2012September 5, 2012
    190Salt Lake City, United StatesSeptember 5, 2012September 5, 2012
    191Oakland, United StatesSeptember 5, 2012September 5, 2012
    192San Francisco, United StatesNovember 23, 2012November 23, 2012
    193Las Vegas, United StatesNovember 23, 2012November 23, 2012
    194St. George, United StatesNovember 23, 2012November 23, 2012
    195Bryce Canyon, United StatesNovember 23, 2012November 24, 2012
    196Zion National Park, United StatesNovember 24, 2012November 24, 2012
    197Las Vegas, United StatesNovember 24, 2012November 25, 2012
    198Hoover Dam, United StatesNovember 25, 2012November 25, 2012
    199Dolan Springs, United StatesNovember 25, 2012November 25, 2012
    200Mohave County, United StatesNovember 25, 2012November 25, 2012
    201Las Vegas, United StatesNovember 25, 2012November 26, 2012
    202San Francisco, United StatesNovember 26, 2012November 26, 2012
    203Dallas, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    204Amarillo, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    205Canyon, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    206Palo Duro Canyon, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    207Happy, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    208Tulia, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    209Plainview, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    210Lubbock, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    211Odessa, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    212Midland, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    213Sweetwater, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 19, 2013
    214Abilene, United StatesApril 19, 2013April 20, 2013
    215Buffalo Gap, United StatesApril 20, 2013April 20, 2013
    216Cisco, United StatesApril 20, 2013April 20, 2013
    217Eastland, United StatesApril 20, 2013April 20, 2013
    218Weatherford, United StatesApril 20, 2013April 20, 2013
    219Plano, United StatesApril 20, 2013April 21, 2013
    220Frisco, United StatesApril 21, 2013April 21, 2013
    221Dallas, United StatesApril 21, 2013April 21, 2013
    222San Jose, United StatesApril 21, 2013April 21, 2013

    Featured Image

    Montana State Capitol, Helena, USA

    Just another cowboy taking a selfie at the elegant Greek-neoclassical style State Capitol building in Helena, Montana. I gradually amassed quite a collection of cowboy hats, belts and boots thanks to my various road trips “Exploring America”.

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