Peddie Science teacher Kevin Brown and his family made a coast-to-coast journey this summer, meeting up with lots of friends and family along the way.
|The Brown family goes coast-to-coast!|
Remembering the fun we had on a driving trip to Prince Edward Island in 2010 (2250 miles total), Maxine and I decided to go a little bigger this summer. We planned a drive to San Francisco. It would be 12 days to get there, three days in the Bay Area and a four day return trip for me (the girls would spend an extra couple of days in Oakland and then fly home to NJ). 7250 miles total.
On August 2, we started our trip (symbolically) in the Atlantic Ocean at Belmar, NJ. The next day, less than an hour after my summer school responsibilities ended, we left Hightstown for Indianapolis on the first leg of the journey. We spent Saturday the 4th at the Indiana State Fair with Peter and Kim Kraft - rode the rides, saw the livestock and witnessed (but didn't eat) the fried butter.
That night we drove to St. Louis, setting up our longest day of the entire trip - 841 miles from St. Louis to Max's sister's place in Denver. Along the way we stopped in for lunch at Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City (literally the man who invented BBQ sauce), and had dinner at the surprisingly nice Gella's in Hays, KS. I highly recommend both places.
We spent a couple of days visiting with sisters, in-laws and cousins in Denver, then headed out for a day in Boulder, Utah at the suggestion (and insistence) of Dan Austin, last year's final Christensen Speaker - a very, very well-traveled Utah native. Boulder didn't disappoint - it's a remote and verdant mountain plateau in the middle of the Utah desert.
|Yosemite with Diego Panasiti|
|Made it! San Francisco with Michael Mirelman|
|On the way home - Pittsburgh with Oliver Johnston '11|