visited 15 states (30%)
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Of course, been all over TEXAS.
California is sitting all lonesome because I flew both times I’ve been there. It was the hubster who got to take the Sunset Limited across the country to L. A. and then drive down to San Diego by himself. Sigh!
Been to Oklahoma several times over the course of livin’, either to Turner Falls, going across Lake Texoma, even once to Ardmore to visit a friend’s family.
Louisiana hosted my church group for a couple of retreats. Almost went to the World’s Fair in New Orleans the year we married, and really REALLY wish we HAD after all (ran out of money, alas.)
The first “across” path is from our family trip to Washington, D. C. the summer I turned seven. My dad was delivering a bid for his company. We drove across the country in our white 1964 Dodge Dart station wagon. What I remember most vividly is that we went into Tennessee to Chattanooga and then up Lookout Mountain and ended up at Ruby Falls and THE GREAT ROCK CITY GARDENS. If I could go back to Rock City, I’d do that in a New York Minute. In fact, I would buy it just to live there. I think part of my fear of sloping floors and heights relates back to our trip up the Incline Railway, too. Man, that’s a gorgeous view of seven states from the lookout point. Anyway, I also remember Washington a little bit, but mostly my frustration that they wouldn’t let me climb up in the Lincoln Memorial to have my photo taken sitting on President Lincoln’s lap. Santa never minded!
The north-then-east path took us to the other states shown during our train trip on the Texas Eagle to Chicago and then across to New York City via the Lake Shore Express. We may not have seen as much of those in-between states, but we’ve been there.
Wonder if we also went through New Jersey? To get to NYC, I mean. We entered Penn Station and we came through some sort of tunnel or across a bridge. . . .