Great American Road Trip: August/September Spending Report

As the time on our Great American road trip was winding down and we had returned from Alaska, we assumed the best was behind us. Nearly a year on the road and over forty states visited, we would’ve been okay if it was all over as the original plan dictated. The renters were supposed to be out in July which would have brought us back, but instead a one month… and then two month extension meant our travels weren’t quite over yet.

With our new found time, we were on to some of our favorite places in the US, which we hadn’t even visited on this trip yet: Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. We planned to meet up with friends in Colorado, see the eclipse in Wyoming and continue exploring around Yellowstone. If there was only one thing we’ve learned from our travels, it’s this: there’s always more to see. And to finish it all up since I’ve been quite behind, I’ll present August and September in this post, before completing a final post of our total expenses for the year.

August
Total August Cost: $3,128
Total days in the camper: 24
Total days out of camper: 7
Cost per day: $101.9
States Visited: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho
Total Miles: let’s be honest, I’ve pretty much lost track

September
Total September Cost: $3,223
Total days in the camper: 11
Total days out of camper: 19
Cost per day: $107.4
States Visited: Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas`
Total Miles: same as August, who knows anymore

The Best Christmas Gift for Kids: Stocks!

The season is upon us when parents threaten their kids with spies who report directly to Santa Claus and children add new toxic plastic molds of superheroes to their mountains of toys. Yes, it’s time for Consumeristmas Christmas!

So why would I – a guy with no kids – be an authority on what to give kids? Because as I discussed last week, I have my own blog so I can spout whatever nonsense I want! But, this nonsense has met the approval of my nieces and nephews parents, and the kids aren’t too horrified by it either. In fact, I think the older ones actually like it.

Instead of adding to their ever growing use-once-and-never-touch-again toy pile, my wife and I have instead opted to start buying them stock. Yes, the stock market stocks. Now, instead of owning a piece of cheap crap the company produces, they can actually own a part of the company peddling junk everyone else!

Unplugging from the Matrix

Technology has quickly changed the way we live our lives. It’s hard to imagine that 20 years ago there was no Internet, 15 years ago there was no “social media” and 10 years ago we weren’t glued to our smartphones. All of these new things snuck up on us without our ability to prepare for them and through them we’ve voluntarily hooked ourselves up to the matrix… which, interestingly, debuted with Keanu 18 years ago (thanks Google)!

Before we had the Internet, our minds were limited to the information we had access to, which was mostly determined by television, our friends, authority figures, advertisers and how willing we were to go to the library. If we wanted to sit around and watch cat memes all day, our only choice was to go stare at live cats.