|My Travel Map. White states are those that I have yet to visit.|
So I have this goal of seeing all 50 states in my lifetime. Flying over doesn't count. You have to get off the plane, out of the car, off the boat, etc. for it to count. At the age of 32 I've been to 36 states but my map seems to have a Southern/East Coast bias. Clearly I'm not all that interested in the states west of the Mississippi; I've only been to six states on that side of things. I was very privileged to knock Hawaii out at the age of nine due to my father's job rewarding him with a trip to Maui. My mom took me to Los Angeles, California around the age of ten and I've been back as a teenager when my mom worked on the NorthRidge earthquake and as an adult for the ESPY Awards. I've also been to San Jose, Monterey, and of course Orange County. I've been to Vegas three times I think. I mean why else would I go to Nevada. My cousin Mikia lives in Phoenix so I got to see the sights and sounds of Arizona. I must say I enjoyed my time there. I'm annoyed with their governor and all things political in Arizona but you can't beat the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Scottsdale...I could go on for days. Texas started out as just a fly-in with me having a layover in Dallas when I was younger but in 2006 I worked College Gameday from Texas A & M so I got a REAL taste of Texas that weekend. I ventured into Kansas to watch my cousin Ashleigh play AAU basketball. I didn't get to see that much of it as I was in a gym most of the day but I definitely can count it as visited.
What bothers me the most about this map is that Maine is the only state on the East Coast that I've never been to. I lived in Connecticut for FOUR YEARS and never made it up there. I'm going to have to schedule a trip up there really soon.
I feel as though ESPN should send me to an Oklahoma City game just so I can get that out of the way. Let me know West Coast readers (or Southern and East Coast travelers) where should I visit next? What's your favorite state to visit?