‘Mission complete’

  • Friday, June 20, 2014

Provided Mac and Mike stopped to take pictures of the California coast near the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los Angeles along Highway 1.

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On May 21 Summerville resident Mac McCullough and his brother Mike left for a camping/road trip around the country.

The two “broskis” were gone 26 days, covering more than 20 states and 8,270 miles of travel, and according to Mac, “it was 100 percent wonderful.”

In early May Mac received a phone call from Mike, who is from New Jersey, inviting him to go along on this camping trip because it was on Mike’s bucket list; Mike really wanted to do the trip with Mac so they could visit their older brother Bob in Los Angeles, Calif.

The duo started at Suwanne River State Park in northern Florida before hitting up New Orleans, San Antonio, El Paso and Phoenix. They met up with Bob and his wife Pat in Los Angeles before continuing up the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

“Seeing Bob was good,” Mike said. “It was good to reconnect with family.”

In Washington the broskis made a stop at Mount Rainier National Park, where Mike used to work.

“The whole campground was absolutely beautiful,” Mike said. “It was great to be back.”

After Washington the brothers started heading back east, hitting up Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Ohio. Mac did most of the driving while Mike handled the navigating. They took over 400 pictures of all the national parks they camped in.

The brothers were surrounded by signs warning campers of critters such as snakes, bears and elk but Mac said the most “wild” things they saw were deer, a blue jay and a chipmunk. However, Mac’s “kind and loving brother” made a sign that read “Food” with an arrow pointing toward Mac’s tent in case a bear happened to wander through any of their camps.

“As siblings there’s always challenges,” Mike said. “We were very good camping partners – that’s always a plus when you go with someone who’s experienced.”

One thing Mike noticed on the journey is nowadays, people prefer to go camping in RVs – 70 percent of campers seemed to be in RVs while 30 percent were in tents.

“Personally, tenting is a lot more fun,” Mike said.

Mike said he found the landscapes to be “awe-inspiring.”

“The country is huge,” he said. “You could probably put everyone on the planet in Montana and there would still be room.”

Mac said despite driving 8,270 miles he and his brother ever bothered to turn on the music or the radio in the truck – they talked.

“It was a wonderful experience,” Mac said. “We just tried to have a good time.”

Mike is happy the status of his bucket list is “mission complete.”

“I’m glad I did it and my brother was in a position to do it with me,” he said, jokingly adding, “It worked out – and Mac and I didn’t kill each other.”

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