Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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That states-visited meme

I have actually visited all of the continental United States, at least superficially, because my family would take camping vacations in the summer and summer trips from Texas to Connecticutt in connection with my father's job. At one point, we had visited all the continental states except North and South Dakota--and if you start in Texas, North Dakota is not on the way to anywhere. So we took a trip that made a big swing through North and South Dakota and Montana. We actually found more interesting things on that trip than we'd expected.

I've noted states with some mention of what memories I have.

Bold: have visited enough to have memories of
Italics: known to have driven through

1) Alabama -- driven through on Texas-Connecticutt trips
2) Alaska
3) Arizona -- Grand Canyon
4) Arkansas -- visiting Eberleys (family friends)
5) California -- College at Stanford
6) Colorado -- visiting the Graves in Alamosa
7) Connecticut -- lived there in 1982
8) Delaware -- en route
9) Florida -- Everglades, Lori's aunt's funeral
10) Georgia -- fried pickles en route to CMU
11) Hawaii
12) Idaho -- potato fields en route to Washington
13) Illinois -- visiting Steven in Chicago
14) Indiana -- visiting Daddy's teacher
15) Iowa -- corn en route
16) Kansas -- corn en route
17)Kentucky -- en route
18) Louisiana -- crossing the Mississippi en route
19) Maine -- vacationing at a lake
20) Maryland -- visiting Seth and Karen
21) Massachusetts -- Laura's graduation
22) Michigan -- ferry across Lake Michigan
23) Minnesota -- visiting Uncle Bill
24) Mississippi
25) Missouri -- up in the Arch
26) Montana -- en route
27) Nebraska -- almost drove across without stopping, 1993
28) Nevada -- neon in Reno in 1993's drive
29) New Hampshire -- family trips in 1982
30) New Jersey -- visiting Lesks
31) New Mexico -- visiting Graves in Hispaniola
32) New York -- visit in 1982, lost with car trouble en route to Laura's graduation
33) North Carolina -- en route
34) North Dakota -- sunflowers and World's Largest Concrete Buffalo
35) Ohio -- Origins
36) Oklahoma -- visiting Cera en route to CMU
37) Oregon -- visiting Intel
38) Pennsylvania -- 10-year resident
39) Rhode Island -- visited from Connecticutt
40) South Carolina
41) South Dakota -- Sturgis, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore
42) Tennessee -- lost en route to Texas, Dec. 1995
43) Texas -- lived there until college
44) Utah -- mirages in the Great Salt Lake Desert
45) Vermont -- visiting Monticello
46) Virginia -- architecture meeting for Clairvoyance
47) Washington -- Laura, Sean, Jane, Rachel
48) West Virginia -- pepperoni roll excursion
49) Wisconsin -- GenCon 1997
50) Wyoming -- lovely dinner in Rawlings, and triple rainbow as I drove on
51) Washington, DC -- visiting Heather and Seth & Karen.
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