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My Map Of States I have “Visited”

I’ve been traveling (standby) a lot the last month.  In fact the last three weekends.

Weekend 1: MEM-LAX-LAS-DTW-MEM
Weekend 2: MEM-TPA-MEM
Weekend 3: MEM-DTW-ERI-DTW-MEM

It all depends on the time of year.  Getting in and out of Florida during the couple ‘Spring Break’ months each year is tough.  Winter is tough to Florida.  Summer is easier but then the number of flights is cut back because not many people travel to Florida in the summer.

Weather has a lot to do with it as some bad weather in a completely different area of the country than where I want to go can just clog the entire system.

It’s best to travel on the flights that leave earliest in the day.  The customers who miss those flights get put on the next flight.  Those who end up missing THAT one to an even later flight.  By the end of the day – if there are weather delays about the country – things get tough.  So I try to get up really early and take the first flight of the day if I can.

I do travel alone most of the time which makes it a lot easier.

Anyway, I broke out my US map the other day.  The one that I have that I color in red – the states I’ve been to in my life.  I don’t know how long I’ll have the benefit of standby travel but I think I’ll try to fill in some more of these states just for something to do. :)

I have a rule though.  In order for it to ‘count’ you have to actually EXIT the airport property.  The point is that just connecting to LA in Minneapolis doesn’t count as a visit to Minnesota. 

I’ve flown through Dallas a bunch of times but I’ve never set foot on Dallas soil outside of the airport terminal.  Though I’m just talking ‘states’ and I’ve been to Texas a number of times.

I mean I’ve flown THROUGH Detroit a bunch of times – even spent a night sleeping in the terminal, but I’ve never technically BEEN to Michigan.

On my way to Bali in 1991 for a skydiving meet I got off the plane in Hawaii while they boarded some surfers and refueled.  But we were technically an international flight at that point and could not leave the gate area.  So I’ve never really ‘been’ to Hawaii.

Hawaii should be fun though.  But unlike the rest of the country, Hawaii would probably requires a day or two of vacation.  Who wants to go to Hawaii and then just turn around and come back home? :(

I’m retired from the Marines and the military has a resort somewhere in Hawaii… right on the beach.  The rooms are pretty cheap so maybe I’ll take a couple days off and go there sometime.

I also am aquainted with quite a few people online that I’ve never met.  Nothing like meeting up with one of them for lunch on a Saturday afternoon huh? :)

Just looking at the map a few things jump out…

I’d like to knock off Iowa by visiting the “Field Of Dreams”.
I’d like to knock off Wyoming by visiting Yellowstone.
I’d like to knock off Oregon by visiting – getting as close to as I can – Mt. Rainer
I’d like to knock off Washington but taking a pic in front of Microsoft and/or seeing Mt. St Helens.
I’d like to go to Oklahoma and get a really good steak.
I’d like to go to Arizona and see Meteor Crater and the Grand Canyon

Of course I’d go anywhere to watch a minor league baseball game with someone who wanted to go.  Or even by myself.

Oh well.  Maybe some of you have some other ideas.

Here’s my current map.

5 Comments

  1. Mom says:

    Washington state: That’s where my biological father was born…Pugent sound area. Short trip by ferry or car to Vancouver.

    Oregon…. beautiful coastline.

    Wyoming and/or Nebraska…. stop to see Julie. She has an extra room. Univ of WYO. Beautiful state… Nebraska has lots of great scenery too in the Scotts bluff area.

    Oklahoma City….. Cowboy Museum is fantastic.
    Oklahoma also has great mexican food… authentic. New Mexico does too. Loved Alamagorda….. looked so raw and beautiful.

    Kansas has the best steaks!! Ate in a restaurant built in an old bank there in Kansas City.

    I loved Idaho….coming in from Salt Lake City, the road had a prehistoric look….huges upheavals of volcanic looking slabs along the highway. Coer da’lean (sp?) was absolutely beautiful.

    I’ve not been to Montana but they say it’s one of the most beautiful of the states.

    Fargo, ND….. check out the wood chippers.

    I’ve been to Michigan but would love to go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That’s where they filmed that movie with Christopher Reese “somewhere in time”. Beautiful!!

    Iowa…. the only thing I remember is congestion & the smells from the meat packing plants!!

    Alaska… my dream trip!! I’ll go with you.

    Don’t consider Puerto Rico as one of the states, but it is beautiful. Rain forests, beautiful forts, beaches, etc.

    You need to return to CA and do San Diego and San Francisco…. both fantastic cities and good weekend trips. Must do Yosemite Nat’l Park… loved Big Sur and Muir’s Woods too.

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  3. Bill says:

    Visited Michigan to have dinner with Jen, jenhudson, Mary Ann & Therese on Wednesday May 5, 2010. That knocks the number of states left to visit down to 13 (after my Alaska visit over Thanksgiving 2009 – see blog entry).

  4. Bill says:

    Visited Hawaii over Thanksgiving in 2010. Awesome trip and will blog about it later. Went alone, getting there and coming home with no problem. Made two scuba dives in the ocean for the first time in 31 years, climbed Diamondhead and swam off Waikiki Beach. That knocks the number of states left to visit down to 12. w00t!

  5. Bill says:

    Landed in Spokane, Washington this past weekend. I made sure I visited somewhere in Washington on our way to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where she lives with her son Toby. I had a great visit and Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful place!

    9 states left!

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