Meredith and I took a 13 day, 7800 mile trip in early September 2015. It encompassed 15 states, numerous state and national parks, cultural meccas, points of interest, and off road / 4x4 opportunities. We went as far west as San Francisco, as far north as Montana, and as far south as Arizona. The magnets represent the states we went through - though the magnet maker apparently has a thing or two to learn about scale and how the states fit together, and the fact that Abraham Lincoln should not look like an aborted version of Ted Nugent.
The trip was a study in contrasts. We took 10 lane interstates at 90 mph and 1 lane, rocky, rutted trails at not even 1 mph. We encountered temps from 31 degrees to 103 degrees. We saw the massive plains of Kansas and the snow covered rocky tops of mountains in Colorado. We visited the lowest and highest points accessible by vehicle in the US with a difference of 14,500 feet between them. We saw the vast expanse of water of the Pacific Ocean and the incomparable dryness of Death Valley and the Mojave.
We drove my 2015 Nissan Xterra, which was not only the conveyance we used to tour the country, but was our shelter every night - we slept in it for 12 nights. It was a kitchen, dining room, and trustworthy companion on this epic journey. It was absolutely reliable and totally confidence inspiring, even on gnarly 4x4 routes.
The truck has a name. It's factory color designation is "Super Black", and it's model designation is "X". Therefore, I have dubbed it "Malcolm X".
The truck has a few small modifications to better suit it to the kind of traveling we were doing (sleeping arrangements, lift, CB, electrical gizmos, shotgun mount, roof basket, AC power, etc). If you are interested in those mods, they can be found at:
The photos in this blog are in chronological order and are captioned. To see the captions properly this is best viewed on a device with a larger screen like a laptop. These are not necessarily the best of the hundreds of shots Meredith and I took, but when viewed as a whole are the best total representation of the trip.