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Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah Nt'l Park,


Quebec, Canada to California, U.S.A

7,000 miles

May - June 2014

I started this trip on May 1st, 2014, at the end of my study abroad year in Quebec. For about a month, I drove through New England, then down the East Coast, before pushing inland to the Appalachians and crossing Virginia. The State of Virginia is a historical focal point, and visiting places like Monticello amplified my knowledge of American History!  I then followed the Appalachians on the amazing Blue Ridge Parkway and reached the South, where I drove on the Natchez Trace Parkway and made my way to New Orleans. 

I continued my trip by crossing Texas and visiting Big Bend National Park. Soon enough, I reached the more recognizable Western territories of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, where wilderness in combination with Native American heritage makes for endless opportunities for exploring and camping!

I reached California on June 9th, 2014, after about 7,000 miles crisscrossing the United States with my trusty van and had no issues, for the most part... I had hit a mule deer while driving at night in Colorado, but with the exception of a broken grill and headlights, things were not too bad and my van was still going strong. All in all, this trip was worth every mile!

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