National Park Road Trip 2009 - In The Beginning

As I briefly mentioned in a prior post, I went on a month long road trip this summer to not only get off the grid for a while, but to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western United States, and for that matter, the world.

I had been "training" basically all year for this trip as I hiked Camelback mountain multiple times per week in an effort to stay in shape.

And, to be sure I get it out of the way, here is my disclaimer for everything I will discuss in this post and the posts about my road trip this summer.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLICATE THE HIKING REGIMEN/SCHEDULE/DISTANCES MY PARTNER AND I COVERED IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME OR WEATHER THAT WE DID.

ANY DECISIONS YOU MAKE IN REGARDS TO THE HIKES I MENTION I TAKE ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR.

AGAIN, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ANY OR ALL OF THE HIKES I MENTION. 

SOME OF THESE HIKES ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND CAN BE FATAL, AND HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.

AGAIN, LEARN FROM WHAT MY POSTS DETAIL, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF RISK INVOLVED, AND I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY. 

ATTEMPT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Good, now that the standard disclaimer is out of the way, we can move on to the good stuff. Included some advice on how to stay safe, what equipment to bring, etc.

I will be breaking my road trip posts up in to a series, writing one park per post, in order to keep it organized and the posts to a reasonable length. I will also do a post on the "numbers" of the trip, recommended gear, recommended food options, and other information I have found useful.

In addition, I will be intermixing some of my photography with the posts, but if you want to see all of the photos in one spot and right away take a look here.

So, sit back relax, and take a look. I had an unbelievable time on this trip, and I hope the information I provide here will help others do the same.