- 5,280 miles driven
- 18 states visited
- 1,141 photos taken on 3 cameras
- 48 license plates seen from the United States. (We never saw one from Deleware or Rhode Island, but Hawaii was represented.)
- 7 license plates from Canada
- best road names: Buttermilk Road, in Alabama, and Rattlesnake Gulch in CO
- worst road names: O 1/2 and B 3/10 and others of that ilk around Grand Junction CO
- smallest town: Emblem, WY, population 10
- worst observation: Bug, who was trying to read his book too often, and missing scenery
me: "There's a giant pink dinosaur on Bug's side (of the car)."
- best observation: Pook, "I saw a mirage but it turned out to be real."
- best redemption from having poor observation skills earlier: Bug, "I recognize that tree." (And he did. We'd accidentally reversed direction on our long hike after stopping at the observation point.)
- best food: local place in New Mexico, although the salsa ("sauce") was hotter than my good eaters were prepared to consume.
- most common question: "What state are we in?"
- most common statement: "I guess I have to go to the bathroom after all."
- best idea: to include Mesa Verde in our route
- worst idea: to get to Fort Worth and Dallas at rush hour on a Friday
- oddest encounter: a family from our church, visiting the same paint pots area of Yellowstone at the same time as our family
We were gone for 17 days, and I think just three more would have perfected it. It was a wonderful trip and I wish every family could do something similar.