Someone recently sent me a link to a site which allowed you to create a map of the states in the United States which you have visited. This is how my map looks.
In looking at the map I realized that my kids moving to other states has been the reason I visited some states. I have had kids move to Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and California. Just your typical Columbia raised family. The many of the friends of our kids have scattered all over the United States.
I remember a time when I was young when my interest was seeing the world and my grandmother kept telling me that no other country in the world was as varied and interesting at the United States. She had visited all of the lower 48 states and could never understand why Europe and other parts of the world held such interest for me. Some of this was generational and some was that I was interested in other cultures and languages. Of course a case could be made that we have a variety of cultures and languages in the United States too. Ever try to understand someone with a heavy Southern accent?
This map has made me think about what there is to see in the states that are white on my map. Some states out West have some national parks that could be a draw and Louisiana has New Orleans but what would draw me to Oklahoma or Kansas? Maybe just to say I had been there. The remaining states for the most part seem boring to me.
My most ambitious bucket list item is to bike across the United States. I don't know if I will ever do it but to truly experience an area a bike is so much better than in a plane or even a car. To get a taste of how true this is bike through some areas of the Eastern Shore and see how different they are on a bike than in a car.
Video of the week is Pharrell William's Happy