Eastbound LA to Reston: 2013 – July and August

This sums up the Eastbound trip from Los Angeles to Reston between 10 July and 18 Aug 2013. It included my final volunteer days for the year at Mono Lake, a National Scenic Area, last stop of the year at Lake Tahoe, visits to 12 National Parks, 6 other National sites, my third annual writers conference in Taos, time with Wendy & Mike in OH and David in KY, another stop at Oxmoor Acura in Louisville, an end-to-end traverse of both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, a lot of cute black bear shots and one helluva case of poison ivy.  All told a little over 8200 miles start to finish.

Eastbound 2013_Jul-Aug LA to Reston

July

10                     Depart Los Angeles, CA

10 – 12              Mono Lake, CA (June Lake Oh Ridge Campground, Squirrel Loop 049)

12                      South Lake Tahoe, CA (Newton’s)

13                       Ely, NV – Layover Point  (Best Western)
14                        Great Basin NP, Baker, NV (Day Tour of Park)

14 – 16                Capitol Reef NP, Torrey, UT (Best Western – Bowns Campground too far distant)

16                         Natural Bridges National Monument, UT (Stopover en route to Mesa Verde)

16 – 17                 Blanding, UT – Layover Point (Super 8)

17                         Hovenweep National Monument, UT (Stopover en route to Mesa Verde)

17 – 19                 Mesa Verde NP, Cortez, CO (Moorefield Campground)

19                         Cathedral Rock NM (Stopover en-route to Taos)

19 – 22                  Taos, NM – Summer Writer’s Conference (Arroyo Seco, Cassidy’s)

22 – 23                   Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa, CO (Pinyon Flats Campground)

23 – 25                    Black Canyon of Gunnison NP, Montrose, CO (South Rim Campground)

25 – 27                     Rocky Mountains NP, Estes Park, CO (Four Seasons)

27 – 28                      Wind Cave NP, Custer, SD (Elk Ridge Campground)

28                              Badlands NP, SD (Waypoint – Get Passport Stamp from Previous Visit)

28 – 29                       Jamestown, ND – Layover Point, Best Western

29 – 31                        Voyageurs NP, International Falls, MN (Four Seasons Days Inn)

31                                Isle Royale NP, Copper Harbor, MI (Pines Resort)

Aug

2 – 3                              Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI (Red-eyed to Parma Motel 6)

3 – 4                              Parma Heights, OH – Layover (Wendy & Mike)

4 -5                               Cuyahoga Valley NP, Brecksville, OH (Motel 6)

5 – 12                            Elizabethtown, KY (Visited with David Toczko)

12 -14                          Great Smoky Mountains NP, Gatlinburg, TN (Cade’s Cove Campground)

14 -15                           Blue Ridge Parkway Cherokee to Boone (Best Western)

15 -16                           BRP Boone to Mabry Mill (Rocky Knob Campground)

16 -17                           BRP Mabry Mill to Natural Bridge, VA

17                                  Natural Bridge to Waynesboro

17                                  Waynesboro to UVA Cemetery (Ruth’s Anniversary)

17 -18                           UVA to Lofton Mountain Campground, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah NP

18 Aug                        Arrive Reston, VA

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