Countdown to the cross-country road trip

It’s been quiet in terms of travel for me over the last month – but a lot will be coming soon! Scroll down to the bottom to check out the photos of my Christmas morning hike up near Sugarloaf.

Over Thanksgiving, my family Skyped with my sister who lives out in Washington state and it was decided that I would take a road trip out there and she would join me on the return trip back to Maine! Ideally I would have done a trip like this in the summer, but timing was right so I said ‘Let’s go!’ It’s going to be a whirlwind trip, but I should be able to hit highlights from some of the national parks along the way.

Leaving on January 12th, I’ll head out to Washington and visit:

I’ll meet up with my sister a little west of Seattle on January 18th, and then together we will hit the following on the way back to Maine:

I plan to tentatively be back home in Maine somewhere around January 28th! Stay tuned for posts about this trip!

Because my family is all over the states right now (my brother is working in the Gulf of Mexico), we decided to postpone Christmas until at least my brother was home as well.  So Christmas morning, I decided to hike up to the Stratton Brook Hut near Sugarloaf. It was a beautiful morning and I was the only one on the trail. I took the Oak Knoll path up, which in the summer is a mountain biking trail and in the winter it’s great for snowshoeing. It’s a little longer than the main trail, but well worth it for the views! The full hike/snowshoe was a little over 6 miles – and it was incredible.

Starting off at Campbell Field.. great view down the Carrabassett River
I had to turn around a lot to catch amazing views like this
Made it to the hut! Inside I was the only one other than the person working. Hot chocolate and coffee!
Obligatory selfie? Nearing the top after taking off my snowshoes and hiking the remaining quarter of a mile.

I highly recommend taking a hike through Maine Huts and Trails – great trails, great hikes and great views! Happy New Year!


2 thoughts on “Countdown to the cross-country road trip

  1. Cindy Pitcher

    Sounds great, though quick. Share your thoughts with us about your trip out to meet Julia. It could be our next adventure. Happy New Year. Cindy and Steve


  2. Sue Witt

    Vicariously enjoying your adventures. Your cross-country road trip will be fun though you’ve got a lot planned for the amount of time. If anyone can do it all it’s you. Your time with Julia will be the best. Something you both will remember for the rest of your lives.
    Happy New Year!
    Best Wishes!
    the Witts

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