On The Road

Since the world is ending and everything is work-from-home, including school, there is really no reason to be anywhere in particular. I decided not to waste this opportunity, and to hit the road and safely see the country while the apocalypse unfolds. What else am I going to do this year? With satellite internet and cell phone service, I can work from home anywhere on the continent just as easily as being here at home bored out of my mind and staring at a screen all day every day.

Randy Olson developed and published the following route for visiting all the national parks (In the 48 states) as efficiently as possible;

National Park Route

I will be basing my trip on this route, with detours for other interesting destinations I want to visit. Here is my full working-list of places and things I want to visit and see.

About ten years ago, I drove across the country. Everywhere I stopped, I ordered the same thing, a club sandwich. This was funny and meta but in retrospect kind of boring. So this time, I am also interested in sampling the local flavor. This article will be my starting place, and then I will expand from there based on further reading.

Tentative Itinerary

  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Kings Canyon National Park, California
  • Sequoia National Park, California
  • Pinnacles National Park, California
  • Channel Islands National Park, California
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Death Valley National Park, California
  • California City, California
  • Arcosanti, California
  • Slab City, California
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  • Meteor Crater, Arizona
  • Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  • The Very Large Array, New Mexico
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
  • Breakfast Tacos, Austin, Texas
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Everglades National Park, Florida
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  • Biscayne National Park, Florida
  • Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  • Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  • Washington DC
  • New York, New York
  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Niagara Falls
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
  • Chicago, Ohio
  • Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  • Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  • Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  • Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • North Cascades National Park, Washington
  • Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Olympic National Park, Washington
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  • Redwood National and State Parks, California
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park, California