Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where Have I Been...

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This little map of visited states was found on Becky's blog. I found this to be interesting... I love traveling, as I believe most people do. I was actually surprised at how much RED was on this map! Still have a few states to see...

Updated: Sept 22, 2007

I was born and raised in California, and my grandparents always lived in Idaho while I grew up. So, I had been to most of the western states, many times with my family on summer camping trips. Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Arizona, have many memories of family trips where my grandparents joined us.

I have been to Texas and New Mexico on my own, for work related travel. Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio were all part of a trip I took to see a NASCAR Brickyard 400 race in 1997, before my trucking across America trip.

Most of you know, my guy is a trucker. I have been able to take a couple of long vacations to ride with him across our beautiful country. This is how I saw most of these states, as a drive by. Like in Missouri, I would have loved to have spent an hour or so at the Arch in St Louis. Instead, I took as many photos of the Arch as I could, as we drove by at 55 mph.

Interstate 90 and Interstate 80, neither run through South Dakota, lol, were our main routes, most the time. Almost always in trucking, you never really know where you'll head to next, when you're driving for a company that runs all lower 48 states. So, it was a total adventure for me, to see the sites we could along our way.

My first long truck outing with my guy was in 1999. I was out on the road with him for nearly four weeks during that trip. We drove through 25 states, stopping when we could to see the sites. This was one of my most memorable things I've ever done, I had a blast. Seeing so much of America, seeing how beautiful, and diverse, our country is.

Our dispatcher knew I hadn't been east of the western states so she found loads that took us clear across the country. A couple of highlights of this trip were, NYC for three days... we parked out on Long Island at a park-n-ride, rented a little car, and spent a wonderful time in NYC. Another highlight, was the south... it is so pretty in the south. I was awe struck through Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina. Gorgeous down there! I was very interested in Pennsylvania, both my mom and grandfather were born there. We took a little, two lane back highway, up through Pennsylvania, seeing Omish communities in the raw. This is a trip I will never forget.


Kelly said...

OK, so i can see how you missed some of those eastern seaboard states, but how did you get to everywhere around S. Dakota and yet miss that one??

Donna said...

I'm not surprised you've been to Missouri. Missouri is on the way to EVERYWHERE. LOL.

Becky said...

You've never been to Florida? LOL! And here I thought EVERYONE went to Disney at least once in their life. ;-) And you haven't made it to New England yet. My home stomping grounds. Interesting!

Nancy said...

Wow...very, very cool! One of my "claims to fame" is that I've been to most states in this country. (used to live in Calif. and drove back and forth to NY several times)


Kristeena said...

Ok so I posted a comment and it blew up. What I said (I think) was:

I love your blog!!!

And you're a road warrior! I'd love to hear all about your trip to NM (my neck of the woods) and what you thought about it. Hopefully someday I'll be able to go to all the places you have, and we can compare notes.