Over the last couple of weeks, I finished work on a HUGE Bucket List item…..one I’ve been working on for the better part of my life, but more diligently since I retired in 2011. It was a long time coming, but I’m DONE! I have now visited ALL 50 states plus the District of Columbia!!! I have also seen all five Great Lakes, both oceans that border the US (Atlantic and Pacific), both gulfs that border the US (Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Alaska), four major state named rivers (Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Arkansas), and both countries bordering the US (Canada and Mexico)! I was able to completely color in the state map (except for Cuba and Russia, which are shown on the map…..maybe someday I’ll color them in, too)! The two “orange” colored states are states I actually lived in – NY most of my life and NC for 26 years in the middle.
Some states I traveled to through my younger years and some I traveled to for work, but the majority of them were all visited since I retired. Some I flew to, some I cruised to, some I traveled to/through by train, and some I traveled to/through by motor home or automobile! My criteria for considering a state could be colored in and “counted” was: I had to either spend at least one night and/or spend significant time in the state and see or do things the state has to offer. So — layovers in airports didn’t count and flying in for a meeting and flying out same day didn’t count, either! But, driving for several hours through a significant portion of the state and stopping to see/do things that caught my eye did – even if I didn’t spend the night. Many states I have been to multiple times and most I spent multiple days doing as much as I possibly could on at least one trip. I do have a short list of states I want to go back to either because I didn’t feel I did my visit justice or it has been many years since I was there or there is something I really want to do there that I wasn’t able to for whatever reason. Those states are: Texas, Tennessee, Iowa, Vermont, Hawaii, and Montana. Utah was on that list, as well, but I was able to knock it off on my last trip by spending quite a bit of time there on a tour while in New Mexico.
This year, my goal was to color in the last three states – Kentucky, which I visited in August and loved – and Colorado and New Mexico, which I visited the last week in September and the first week in October. Here I am at the Four Corners Monument – the only place in the US where four states physically border each other – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona – I am standing with one foot in Colorado and one foot in New Mexico – my last two states!
So, now I can wear this shirt with pride……I feel like I accomplished something truly amazing……I am a Charter Member of the “50 and Done Club”!
So, what now? Well, I have a pretty good start on some of the countries in our world – I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Bahamas, Portugal, Ireland, and England! So, I think it’s time to start expanding that list some and there are a few other Bucket List items that will help with some of the states I’d like to return to and there are also some favorite spots I’d love to see again! So……..my traveling (and adventure blogging) days are FAR from over!!! Let the adventures continue and get better and better!!!
And, speaking of adventure blogging…….I’ll be starting posts from my Colorado and New Mexico trip soon!!!
Let’s start off October with some “Free Choice” Daily Photos…..
TOTEM POLE AND DANCERS ROCK FORMATION
A WELCOME SIGHT AFTER A LONG DAY ON THE ROAD
VOTE AGAINST PROHIBITION GHOST SIGN
FLYING ABOVE THE CLOUDS
SOMEONE IS HAPPY TO BE HOME
What else will catch my eye in this Free Choice month?
I’m a bit late posting the last week in September’s Daily Photos…….I was away on vacation – posts with amazing vacation pics will come soon, but, for now – here is the end of September……all but the first one were taken on vacation and the first few days in October will be from vacation, too!
W IS FOR WOOD SHED
X IS FOR…..WELL, X!!!
Y IS FOR YELLOW UMBRELLAS
Z IS FOR ZANY
(This rock formation is called “Praying Hands”)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again……this year is flying by! I can’t believe we’re in October already!!! This wraps up our month with the Alphabet Theme (and four “word” topics to round out the month after the alphabet was used up). October’s Theme is “Free Choice”, so each day the photo will be of whatever we choose!
Here is my third installment of the September Daily Photos inspired by the alphabet:
O IS FOR ORGAN
P IS FOR PUMPKIN PATCH
Q IS FOR QUOINS
R IS FOR RED DOG
S IS FOR STATE STREET
or – S IS FOR STEEPLE
or – S IS FOR SWAN LIBRARY
T IS FOR TREE
U IS FOR UNDER THE CANAL
V IS FOR VALOR
The alphabet (and the month) is winding down…..next month will be fun – it is “free choice” month! 🙂
Last night I…..and over a hundred of my closest and dearest friends……attended an after dark walking tour of our little village and listened to some stories about Murder and Mayhem involving our early settlers and prominent citizens of long ago! It was led by our County Historian, Matt Ballard, and it was such great fun!!! Here are a few photos I took along the way:
We started at Tinsel on the north side of the canal – there was a food truck from 39 Problems (local Main St restaurant) and, of course, Tinsel’s ice cream available prior to the tour. We then crossed the street and walked up the east side of Main St to Courthouse Square, crossed Main to the Albion First Baptist Church, and back down the west side of Main St. There were multiple stops along the way to hear the various stories.
Someone lost a shoe…..not sure if it was from our group or it was there already…..but, it’s a Sketcher and looks fairly new!!!
Fun was had by all……good job, Matt!!!
Continuing on with September’s Daily Photos inspired by the Alphabet!
H IS FOR HARVEST
I IS FOR IVORY
J IS FOR JAM
(Blueberry Pomegranate Jam on a Rice Cake)
K IS FOR KIM READING HER KINDLE
K IS ALSO FOR KOHLRABI
L IS FOR LIGHT BY THE CHIMES ON MY FRONT PORCH
M IS FOR MARSH CREEK
N IS FOR NIGHT TOUR
Murder and Mayhem Torch Lit Tour of Downtown Albion led by Matt Ballard, Orleans County Historian
That’s all for now…….
September is here, already……Autumn is soon upon us with chilly mornings, crisp cool air, pumpkins, and vibrant color changes!!! Hard to believe this year has flown by in the blink of an eye!
So……here is the first week of Daily Photos for September……the theme this month is the Alphabet!
A IS FOR ABUNDANT HARVEST
(from my garden)
B IS FOR BENCH
C IS FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH
D IS FOR DROP
E IS FOR ERIE CANAL
F IS FOR FROG FAMILY
G IS FOR GREEN GLASS
See you next week with more Daily Photos inspired by the alphabet…….