Monday, July 3, 2017

The States I’ve Been To

When JeffO asked what I regarded as a successful visit to a state, I thought it would be fun to list them all and state how I came to visit that state. So here you go.

  1. Alabama: Basic training at Ft. McClelland, stationed at Ft. Rucker
  2. Alaska: Stationed at Ft. Greeley & Ft. Wainwright (son born there)
  3. Arizona: Stationed at Ft. Huachuca (met Hubby & got married there)
  4. Arkansas: Vacationed at Hot Springs
  5. California: Born and raised
  6. Colorado: Attended RomCon in Denver
  7. Connecticut: Drove through several times
  8. Delaware: NOT YET!
  9. Florida: Visited in laws when they lived there; Disney World; cruises
  10. Georgia: Dragon Con (Atlanta) every Labor Day since 2010
  11. Hawaii: Vacationed for 25th wedding anniversary
  12. Idaho: Drove through in 1969
  13. Illinois: Vacationed in Chicago numerous times
  14. Indiana: Drove through numerous times; been to Indianapolis Zoo
  15. Iowa: NEXT YEAR!
  16. Kansas: Drove through on way to RomCon
  17. Kentucky: Stayed numerous times (work related) and drive through a lot
  18. Louisiana: Attended RT & FF&P conventions in New Orleans plus cruises
  19. Maine: Stayed in Augusta and drove down the coast
  20. Maryland: Stayed for cruise out of Baltimore
  21. Massachusetts: Visited Boston & Salem (via work)
  22. Michigan: Stayed in Detroit a few times; Rust City Book Con
  23. Minnesota: Drove through in 1969
  24. Mississippi: Drove through numerous times
  25. Missouri: Vacationed in Branson & St. Louis (separate trips)
  26. Montana: NEXT YEAR!
  27. Nebraska: NEXT YEAR!
  28. Nevada: Vacationed in Las Vegas (2009) and stayed in Reno (1969)
  29. New Hampshire: Drove through a few years ago
  30. New Jersey: Stationed at Ft. Monmouth (daughter born there)
  31. New Mexico: Stayed in Albuquerque in 1969
  32. New York: Visited numerous times (Baseball HOF, Albany, NYC, Niagara Falls)
  33. North Carolina: Visited Raleigh, drove through many times
  34. North Dakota: NEXT YEAR!
  35. Ohio: Live here!
  36. Oklahoma: Stayed in Oklahoma City in 1969
  37. Oregon: Vacationed at Crater Lake, stayed in Portland and Salem
  38. Pennsylvania: Visited Pittsburgh many times. Too familiar with the Turnpike.
  39. Rhode Island: Visited Hubby’s family a few times
  40. South Carolina: Stationed at Ft. Jackson for training; stayed in Charleston for cruises
  41. South Dakota: Saw Mt. Rushmore and Badlands in 1969
  42. Tennessee: Drove through numerous times, visited Nashville
  43. Texas: Dallas for RT; Austin & San Antonio for Footy; driven I-10 end-to-end
  44. Utah: Floated in the Great Salt Lake in 1969
  45. Vermont: Visited a couple of times
  46. Virginia: Friend has time share in Massanutten we’ve stayed at a few times
  47. Washington: Stationed at Ft. Lewis
  48. West Virginia: Lived there for a month with in laws; visited many times
  49. Wisconsin: Wisconsin Dells—twice (first time in 1969); Racine for Footy
  50. Wyoming: Yellowstone in 1969
As you can see, not many states are just drive-throughs. Yeah, it surprised me, too!

Those states visited in 1969? My parents bought a camper and we drove from Santa Barbara to Newark, NJ to see my dad’s side of the family (first time for my sister and me, probably my mother, too). Dad was determined for us to see a lot of America. Mom said it was probably the worst vacation she ever had. You see, she still had to cook. J

So… Think you would like to travel across the states in a camper? It was a memorable trip, but not something I would want to do again. I’m spoiled: give me hotels and restaurants.

Happy Monday! And have a great 4th!




Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My father was military and we moved around a bit, which is how I saw a lot of the country. And we also had a camper. I saw Yellowstone not long after you did. I hate camping...

B.E. Sanderson said...

Yeah, I'm not a camping enthusiast. At all. I've driven cross country several times, but motels all the way.

JeffO said...

When my mother was a girl, her parents regularly took long car trips with her: Florida, mid-west, I think. She hated it. Most of my travels have been limited to the original 13 colonies, plus whatever else is on the eastern seaboard. Maybe I'll do one of these lists one day!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - I hate camping, too. But both my kids LOVE it. Go figure.

B.E. - Motels/Hotels are the way to go when traveling. :)

Jeff - I love traveling. Just hate camping. That 1969 camper trip pretty much caused that. Too many bugs. Hahaha!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I used to love camping when I was a kid and in my 20s. I'd like it now if it wasn't for the heat, cold, humidity, rain, and bugs, LOL! So make my next camping trip in a luxury RV with A/C, or otherwise stick to hotels!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Hahaha! RVs seem nice, but you still have to hook up the utilities and you're still in a camp ground. Hotels for me, please! :)