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October 20, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Vacation is a Numbers Game

Santa Fes Five and Dime Store

Santa Fe's Five and Dime Store -Tiled Entrance

Back home after a great trip out west. Here is our vacation summed up in a few numbers. We managed to spend lots of nickles and dimes, but it was well worth it.

Days of vacation: 16
Days we had precipitation (either rain or snow): 2

Nights temperature dropped below 32˚F: 5
Days temperature rose above 90˚F: 2

Total miles driven: 4452
Most miles driven in one day: 739

Total cost of gas: $1267.02
Highest price we paid for gallon of gas: $3.79 (Fort Morgan, Colorado)
Cheapest price for gallon of gas: $2.48 (multiple stops in Kansas and Iowa) though we saw it for $2.29 in Des Moines, IA – just after we filled the tank.

States visited: 9 (including home state of Wisconsin)
State capital cities we drove through: 7
National parks/monuments visited: 11

Days we were in the mountains: 12
Days we were in a desert: 9
Days we were in deep canyons: 3
Days we were on sand dunes: 3

Nights we camped next to loud rushing water: 1 (Once was one too many.)
Nights we camped so close to tracks we heard train whistles all night long: 7 (There are train tracks everywhere west of the Rockies.)

Photographs taken: 2021
Number of books purchased (mostly from National Park Service): 14

Overall cost (borrowing the rather well-used phrase from our “friend” MasterCard’s famous commercials): Priceless!


  1. Marcie / Oct 20 2008 7:20 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to see more of the 2021 images!!!! Love the simplicity of this.

  2. Ron in L.A. / Oct 20 2008 10:05 am

    Sounds like too much fun Bo, I’m jealous… 😉

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  3. Debi / Oct 20 2008 10:41 am

    Travel makes one rich in a way that money cannot buy. I love your travel summary – that’s outstanding.

  4. Robin / Oct 20 2008 11:42 am

    2021??! Holy moly! (Ok, ok, I’ve been known to take over 600 on a 4-day trip…lol!) I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photos as you get a chance to sort through them.

    Like Ron, I’m jealous. It sounds like it was a great trip.

  5. Amelia / Oct 20 2008 11:57 am

    You really can’t put a price tag on traveling. So much to see and do.

  6. montucky / Oct 20 2008 2:04 pm

    Great stats! From what I’ve seen so far it looks like you really got your money’s worth on the trip!

  7. quinncreative / Oct 20 2008 4:06 pm

    VERY clever summary of the trip. You sure did see a lot and stay in a lot of places that you made beautiful by your photography.

  8. QuoinMonkey / Oct 20 2008 4:17 pm

    What a great trip — 4452 is a lot of miles! Isn’t it amazing how cheap gas is in the Midwest right now? And I like seeing the temperature drops and rises. Extremes. We live in a country with haunting landscapes — urban and wilderness.

  9. gypsy-heart / Oct 20 2008 9:45 pm

    Welcome home..I am still jealous! 🙂

    Beautiful pictures, and I am looking forward to seeing some of your 2021 photos!

  10. ybonesy / Oct 20 2008 10:44 pm

    Great set of stats! Now on to see some of the other posts.

  11. Anna Surface / Oct 21 2008 9:27 am

    I agree with ybonesy, great set of stats. Whew–what a lot of miles! Sounds like a wonderful trip, indeed. 🙂

  12. Gandalf / Oct 23 2008 4:31 pm

    Were you trying to match the Presidential candidates’ schedules? You’re definitely close.

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