50 State Quest

Car open and ready for loading

Car open and ready for loading

This week we’re headed out on an unusual trip.  We’re headed to the Deep South, and whenever I tell people where we’re going, I always have to explain this trip.  We’re on a quest of sorts, to visit all 50 states in the United States.  We’re actually getting pretty close.  But the Deep South has eluded us for a long time.  So when we were talking about vacation plans for this summer (back in January) and considering a trip to the Deep South, Sterling said, “Let’s just do it and knock out those states.”

So that’s what we’re doing.  We looked into flying to the south—but after seeing all the states that we would still have to drive through, we decided to just make it a big road trip—and big it will be.  On Google maps, it says we’ll be driving for 50 hours!  I have to admit that while I’m dreading all of the driving, I am excited to finally be visiting these states..

Natalie putting her suitcase in the car

Natalie putting her suitcase in the car

50 State Quest-Sterling loading car

Sterling loading the car for our long trip

When I get behind the wheel for long drives, I get sleepy.  So after I’ve driven for a few hours I’ll be struggling to stay awake, and so we’ll switch drivers, but then I can’t sleep once I’m a passenger!  Ugh!  It’s a constant struggle for me.  I have found that if I get a book on CD, Sterling is content to drive for hours and hours as he listens, which works out well considering my driving troubles.  This week I’ll be looking for lots of books to listen to and will take any suggestions!

Our first stop on our trip will be Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky.  From there, we’ll visit Nashville, Tennessee and see a show at the Grand Ole Opry.  (Sadly these are two states we’ve already visited, but have to go through to get to ones we haven’t visited.  I’m sure we’ll still have fun as we’re passing through.)

Then we’ll visit Little Rock, Arkansas and pass through the tip of Oklahoma on our way to Dallas, Texas.  From Dallas we’ll go to San Antonio (still in Texas)—which is a place I really want to see.  We then make our way to New Orleans and the beaches of Alabama and Mississippi before heading back home.

Whew!  So after a 50-plus hour road trip, our 50-state quest will be very close to being done.  The kids and Sterling will have a couple more, but I’ll have just one more state to finish my quest—Alaska.  How does a road trip to Alaska sound?

Me getting ready to hop in the car for our Deep South Trip

Me getting ready to hop in the car for our Deep South Trip

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