Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Task #5 -Visit All 50 States

I'm back from Chicago; but am still filtering through the many, many pictures that were taken during my long weekend! In an attempt to try to post every day remaining in December, I am visiting task #5 on my Goals/To-List.

My goal is to visit all 50 states, with a stay of at least one night or longer. Just driving through the state does not count. These visits are being counted post-college only; and I haven't given myself an end date to accomplish these visits.

I can sort the 50 states into several categories: States I've Lived In, States I've Worked In, States Already Visited, States I'm Already Planning On and States That I Still Need To Visit. (In some cases, I've done lived/worked in the same state; they are only listed once.)

States I've Lived In: (4)
California, Indiana, Missouri, Texas [note: "lived in" means stayed for a period of longer than a show contract; and not necessarily tied to a contract either]

States I've Worked In: (7)
Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York, Utah

States Already Visited: (9)
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia

States I'm Already Planning On: (3)
Alaska (Jan/Feb '09), Hawaii (Mar '09), Arkansas (nothing concrete yet, but see #36 of the List)

States That I Still Need To Visit: (27)
Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Having accomplished over half already makes me breathe a bit easier; but there are still 27 to go! 28, really.

Just out of pure amusement, if I'd counted driving though, I could have knocked off New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. But that would be cheating - and I would really like to give those states more than a drive-by.

Photos will return soon, I promise! I've quite the backlog!

EDIT 12/11: As mom pointed out, I went to good ol PA for a wedding, so that does count!


melissa said...

girl i applaud your goal to visit all 50 states! that's awesome. and being an east coaster (born/raised in CT) let me suggest that you visit new england in the fall. it is GORGEOUS that time of year. the foliage will blow you away - especially an avid photographer such as yourself would be in love with new england in the fall.

CT, Maine, New Hamp, RI all beautiful that time of year.

Mom said...

Sweet Pea,

Kentucky: we spent a Thanksgiving camping with our Ohio friends.

Maine: You visited Acadia NP and stayed a couple days in Portland while we waited for the transmission to be repaired. You were small enough to sleep in the sink, but that’s neither here nor there.

Pennsylvania: we spent a night and a day visiting a college in the Susquahanna River area; and don’t you have your own college friends who married in PA?

Montana: we spent a week at Glacier NP and you visited your Aunt in Bozeman;

New Mexico: you’ve been a house guest of your Uncle in Santa Fe and you attended his wedding Albuquerque;

Ohio: you’ve been a houseguest on several occasions in Cincinnati and attended a wedding;

South Carolina: didn’t that ms field trip take you to SC?

Tennessee: you’ve hiked in Great Smokey Mt NP on a class field trip;

Washington: you’ve been a house guest of our friends in Longview;

Wisconsin: Really, Ann, we spent ten days in The Dells, just for you - you caught a trout, swam a lot in the hotel pool, measured yourself against corn (corn won), ate cheese curds...

Wyoming: You have camped in Yellowstone.

Conclusion: parents need not take their kids anywhere because they won’t remember it!
Ah well. I applaud your travel plans anyway.

Ann said...


Clearly you missed the part where I said "post-college"!

However, that means that I can add Pennsylvania to the "already been" list.

Thanks for the thinking...

and p.s. I do remember more than you give me credit for...

Andy Esser said...

if you'd like to spend a night in North Carolina, just let us know. Our door is always open to you.