Greetings!  My name is Del Leu and thanks for visiting  I created this website in May 2016 to describe my travels during an extensive road trip as I visited dozens of extreme geographic places around the U.S. – just me and my truck.  

But this website isn't just about geography!  I also visited lots of National Parks, historic sites and quirky places because, well, I'm a quirky kind of guy.  I've posted dozens of stories, over 1,600 high-res photos and 56 interactive panorama pictures, so be sure to check them out.  Virtually hours of entertainment for the low, low price of... well, nothing.

Above:  Here's my trip:  8 months, 32,000 miles, 3 countries, 46 states, 29,315 photos, and all 16 extreme geographic points of the contiguous United States.  Click on any red line (my route) or yellow dot (my nightly stops) to see more information.  Labels will begin to appear as you zoom in, and you can change the basemap by using the button in the upper left corner.


What's "Extreme Geography"?

Think of places like the highest city in the U.S., the lowest lake, the largest county – basically anything with an "est" in it. That's extreme geography.  I do computer mapping for a living and in my spare time, I love visiting "est" places for fun, and I took an eight-month break from work so I could do just that.  

My Trip

Here's a quick summary:  I spent three years working in Qatar, a small country in the Middle East, while doing computer mapping and returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon, in March 2016. After buying a new 4WD Toyota pickup truck, I spent two months getting ready for my trip, then I left Portland on May 13 and drove over 32,000 miles across the country while visiting lots of interesting geographic and historic places.  I spent most of the summer in the Colorado Rockies learning Joomla web programming and writing updates – in the same small town where I was stationed 30 years earlier as a BLM ranger, so I also re-visited many of the beautiful places where I used to work. 

Above:  Here's me and my Toyota truck (with the XT GEOG license plate) near Lake City, Colorado in July 2016.    

After visiting the Midwest and Northeast in the fall, and spending November in Florida, I returned to the Pacific Northwest in December 2016 and finished my trip.  I'll be writing more about my travels soon, so please check back.  Good thing I took lots of notes along the way!  But if you can't wait for those stories, check out the 23 new interactive panorama photos I recently posted.  That's a lot of panning and zooming.

The 16 Extreme Compass Points

One of the main goals of my trip was to become the first person to visit all 16 extreme geographic compass points in the contiguous United States and document it, places such as:

  • the westernmost point (Cape Alava in the state of Washington),
  • the northeasternmost point (near Madawaska, Maine) and
  • the west-southwesternmost point (near Point Arena in northern California).

There are a lot of misconceptions about where these places are.  For instance, Key West, Florida isn't the southernmost point of anything, I'm afraid.  I wanted to set the record straight about these places and I figured the best way to do that is to visit them and post a story about each, with maps and directions.  While I was in Florida recently, I visited the last three extreme geographic locations so now I've been to all 16 points.  Check them out here.  

Del's Journey Continues...

This ExtremeGeographer website is a continuation of a previous website I created, called  I created DelsJourney in 2001 to describe my travels around the U.S. and the world, and I kept posting updates there -- over 400 pages worth -- until 2013, when I created this new website.  So if you'd like to read about some of my previous trips, including my solo travels around the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Belize, the Middle East and the south Pacific (plus my around-the-world adventure in 2008), be sure to check out DelsJourney.  You won't be sorry.  Well, maybe you will...

Once again, welcome to my website, thanks for visiting and please check back here for more stories!

Del Leu



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