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Since my last update I’ve traveled from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula and along the Oregon and California coasts. It’s mostly been a national/state parks camping trip, with urban breaks in San Francisco and Los Angeles, my southernmost stop. I’m in Las Vegas now, looking forward to a loop through southern Utah before I head north towards home.

A few shots from the trip so far:

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

Fog in Nehalem Bay State Park, Oregon

Redwood National Park, California

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Bad news first: My participation in the AOL/Ford road trip project fell apart at the last minute. It’s a complicated story, but essentially there was an issue with work visas, immigration regulations, and my being Canadian. So the show goes on without me.

The good news is, since I had already packed up my things and sublet my apartment anyway, I decided to just drive south on a road trip of indeterminate itinerary and uncertain duration. I’m here in Vancouver now after a five-day trip through northern B.C., just in time for the TBEX travel blogging conference. From here, I plan to tool around the Pacific Northwest, maybe the Rocky Mountains, maybe head south to northern California. It’s all up in the air.

I’ll also be attending the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers in Arkansas in late June, which I’m unbelievably excited about. I’ll be a student in the nonfiction stream; faculty includes Pico Iyer and David Remnick, and a host of other fantastic long-form magazine writers.

More news to come soon. Meantime, here’s a photo from beautiful Muncho Lake, B.C., where I camped my first night out of Whitehorse.

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At long last I’m able to announce my work/travel plans for the summer: I’ll be driving across the States and blogging the trip for Gadling and AOL Travel.

The series is called This American Road, and it involves everything from tweets to videos, from personal dispatches at big-name tourist destinations to reported pieces on small towns in post-recession recovery.

Here’s my introductory post:

This American Road: introducing AOL Travel’s Road Trip Across America

If you want to keep up with the trip on Twitter, and maybe throw a suggestion or three my way, follow me @evaholland or check in with the trip hashtag, #americanroad. More to come soon!

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So instead of retracing our steps from Anchorage up the Glenn Highway and along the Tok Cut-off to the Alaska Highway, we took a last-minute detour up the Parks Highway to Fairbanks, then headed south to Tok along the Richardson Highway. It was worth the detour: We had clear views of Mt. McKinley for much of the day’s drive between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Here’s a shot I took at our lunch stop in Talkeetna:

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Off to Anchorage

I’m hitting the highway first thing tomorrow morning, headed for Alaska’s biggest city and something the good folks there like to call “Beer Week.” Yeah, story research is hard, right? Stay tuned.

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Waking Up in Jasper

The sun went down just before I hit the mountains last night, so I drove the last hour or so into Jasper with only a vague sense of the dark, snow-smeared shapes rising around me. This is where I woke up this morning:

Skytram Road, Jasper National Park

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Out of Ontario

Late yesterday afternoon, after nearly 24 hours of total highway driving time spread over three days, I crossed out of Ontario and into Manitoba. I’m headed to Saskatoon today, and will spend most of the weekend there before heading into the Rocky Mountains on Sunday!

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