Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend. The blog was MIA last week as I was babysitting my nephews. My sister’s maternity leave is over so she needs a few family members to cover til the end of the school year. It was so awesome to spend time with my nephews but taking care of 4 kids (her 2 boys and my 2 girls) ain’t no joke! Wow, was I tired on Saturday once we were back home. However! It’s back to the grindstone of homeschooling and blogging this week.
My birthday is coming up , which got me thinking about my 40 by 40 goals. I made a “40 Goals by 40″ list about 2 months ago and I figured I should at least figure out a plan on HOW I am going to achieve these goals. The goal I am going to tackle today is visiting all 50 states. I only have 18 left to go! I have lived in Iowa and Wisconsin so that takes care of those states. Plus I have family in Minnesota and Montana and have visited those states numerous times.
I am very fortunate to have traveled on several vacations with my family growing up. Montana to visit relatives. Disney World, in high school and our honeymoon! Kansas City for summer vacation and high school band trip. And an Arizona vacation over Christmas break my senior year to visit my grandpa which turned into a trip to Vegas. I had I to sit in the middle of the front seat between my parents. It’s a long story. We are pretty much the Griswolds. But that is a story for another day. A quick summary of the states I have visited with my family: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming.
I also saw a lot of the country while over the road trucking with my husband. Well, over the ride passengering. I never drove. Holy yikes. I could never do that. I can ride like a bawse tho! The account my husband worked for only did east of Mississippi river so we didn’t really get further west than Kansas. Super exciting I know. We saw most of the east coast except the northeast corner. It was a lot of trips from Iowa to Pennsylvania. A few to Missouri. A lot of Ohio. Ohio is huge people. And boring. Sorry Ohioans. A few trips down south. We had our 2 wedding anniversary dinner at a truck stop in Alabama. So romantic isn’t it. So a quick list of states I visited while trucking: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Now, this still leaves the following states to visit: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. I am trying to plan to kill two birds with one stone and cross off some other goals while visiting some of these other states.
First off, Alaska. My husband and I plan to scatter his father’s ashes there (one of my other goals). The only problem is if we come back.
California. We also decided we would take our weekend getaway (another goal) to San Fransico, California, check!
Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah. My husband has family in Colorado and he LOVES this state. We haven’t planned an official visit but I am sure we will.
Conneticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhone Island, and Vermont. My husband has seen Maine during his long haul trucking days. The state is beautiful and he can’t wait to take a tour of the northeast as a family.
Hawaii. We will more than likely not make this one by age 40 BUT we know plenty of people who have visited so we have been there by association
Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. If we have a horrible summer, we may just be moving to the Pacific Northwest. This winter has worn us out!
Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. One of my goals was to meet Pioneer Woman. She lives in Oklahoma (and no I am not talking about stalking her) and we hope to visit her deli in Pawhuska, OK when it is finished. If you follow Pioneer Woman’s blog you know all about “The Building.”. We figure since we are in the southwest already we may as well make a trek down to Texas or New Mexico.
Now all we need to do is get our shit together financially so we can actually go to these places! Any ideas for the northeast states? Or the Pacific Northwest? What travel goals do you have? What has been your favorite place to visit in the US? Have a great week everybody and thanks for stopping by!!
Visit all 50 States Checklist
Delaware Florida Georgia
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
- Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming