Yet on April 29, 2019, after nearly 200,000 miles traveled to every U.S. state and territory, this journey to all 419 National Park Service sites came to its Finale on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Joined by 100 family, friends, journalists, and those who’ve discovered this journey along the way, we walked from the Washington Monument, my first site of this odyssey, to the top of the Lincoln Memorial steps that signified the official completion of this once-in-a-lifetime goal. You can watch the final moment here via the Voice of America’s video coverage. I’ve also put together a photo album that shares the moment in chronological order via pictures from all the cameras (on Facebook but viewable to the public even without an account). Or you can see 30 of these pictures and a summary of the day/journey in my own words in 3 Instagram posts + 2 Instagram Story Highlights with friends’ social media photos from the day and local news video coverage (also publicly viewable).
Lastly, a list of some of the Finale media coverage which included NPR (audio), BBC News (video), the Washington Post, NBC, Roadtrippers, Outside Magazine, OUT Magazine, CNN, Univision (Spanish video) and (English video), USA Today, a blog in my own words summarizing the journey (editor edited) on REI’s website, a phone call into a local DC radio station who was talking smack about my journey the day after, and a really comprehensive video by NowThis who sent a reporter to Minneapolis to film in my new home.