Resources we are using on our cross country trip

The first car to drive across the US was a Winton, built by the Winton Motor Carriage Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The car was driven from California to New York in 63 days by Horatio Jackson in 1903 based on a $50 bet. Horatio named his car the Vermont.

Books for the Trip

Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail (Falcon Guide) by Julie Fanselow, breaks your trip down day by day, filled with maps, travel and historical information, excellent resource. From Amazon "This guide is an in-depth look at how to get the most out of a visit to the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. The best sites to see and activities to do along the way are given, as well as maps, itineraries, and local resources for lodging and dining."

This book has been excellent for our travels. The descriptions are accurate and the places selected to visit have been excellent. An excellent book to build a trip around.
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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. This is the companion book to Ken Burns PBS film on the same subject. It tells the amazing story of the 1804-6 expedition by Lewis & Clark from St. Louis, up the Missouri River, across the Rocky Mountains and down the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Easy to read with lots of illustrations and maps. This is a nice companion to the travel guide I have been reading by Julie Fanselow. Not quite as in-depth as the Stephen Ambrose book Undaunted Courage, which I also recommend, but an excellent prep for the trip.
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National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, Seventh Edition, by National Geographic. This is the go to book for touring the National Parks. On our cross country trip we intend to stop by as many National Parks as we can. It might be a little crowded as this is the 100 anniversary of the NP system but that is ok, worth the crowds. This book which contains 380 color photos, and 80 maps talks about the 58 National Parks, along with mentions of the Monuments, Forests and Seashores. Includes information and activities on each park. Tons of info in this compact guide.
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Also get out and visit our amazing National Parks, for more info visit

Websites track your travels and tons of cool info along the way

Smartphone Apps I Am Using
ReserveAmerica app, campgrounds across America
KOA app, focused on the KOA 500 campgrounds
AllStays Camp & RV app, highly rated, will check it out
RoadTripper app and website

Orbitz Travel App, this app has been fantastic for picking hotels. Sometimes we do this from the parking lot of the hotel. Great App
(all available at the App store)

Our tent is a Eureka Copper Canyon 5 car tent. We bought it at Hilton's Tent City at 272 Friend Street, Boston, a great long time camping store near the historic Boston Gardens.

Hilton's Tent City,
Eureka Tents,
Car, Subaru Forester #subaru #subaruforester

My paper folding maps are from AAA, they are excellent and are included in your yearly membership. The link above if for the New England branch.

Camping Info almost 500 campgrounds across America. Family focused

Recording the Outdoors
Drawing Birds,
Drawing Tools for Naturalists and Outdoor enthusiasts,

Journaling Your Trip 

Recording your trip is a great way to remember where you have been and all the things you have seen. There are lots of great journals available including my new journal book Camping and Traveling Adventure Journal, Available at

Here are some other books that you can check out.
Camping Journal, Blackfly Publishing
Camp Journal: An Activity Book, Record Keeper, & Photo Album, Susan Hood
CafePress Journal - Our Camping Journal
Camping Journal: Vintage Cover, by Outdoor Series
Vacation, The Travelers Journal, by Journals Unlimited
RV There Yet? Journals Unlimited
Camping Journal: Tree Design, Outdoor Series

Blog Tools
Adobe Spark for creating blog graphics 
Canva for creating graphic

Other Resources From Our Trip
• Our movers, RARE Moving and Trucking of Boston, fantastic service, highly recommend.
• Our storage facility, Extra Space Storage, Norwood
• Our lawyer, Joseph Gallo, Joe is the best,
• Boxes, We used a ton of UHaul boxes and then kind of switched to Home Depot boxes, both worked well, HD a little stronger. If you have a ton of books get the Book boxes at UHaul, you won't break your back.
• Tape, we used Office Max's house brand.  It is amazing how often the tape just doesn't stick, but Office Max worked ok. The movers have that tan tape, that is the best
• Dumpster, we used a Bagster which we got at Home Depot, what a great invention. $30 to buy and about $180 to pick up. Saved us a ton on getting rid of stuff.