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How many states I've visited ...
updated April 2022
My first trip...
I travelled by the U.S. Postal Service to Nashville, Tennessee.
I stayed witth my cousin
Rick & Karen and visited
My first vaca trip...
I travelled by plane with Rick to Orlando, Florida. This was a work trip so I spent most of my time at Top Golf.
I learned that Florida is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
After Florida, I met my cousin Tina & Brian who had to evacuate New Orleans during Hurricane Ida.
While they were in town we listened to lots of music & visited the Parthenon in Nashville.
Next on the agenda...
Our first stop on the roadtrip was in Alabama where I saw the Saturn IB Launch Vehicle that was built by NASA in Alabama.
Next we drove through Birmingham where I learned a lot about the Civil Rights Movement & Tucaloosa, a college town where
football is life.
Next we drove through Birmingham where I learned about the Civil Rights Movement – including the Birmingham Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr.'s arrest after leading a peaceful protest and the letter he wrote from the Birmingham Jail.
Before leaving Alabama we drove through Tuscaloosa which is basically a college town where football is life.
Our second stop on the roadtrip was outside of Meridian, Mississippi.
Although we didn't make too many stops, Brian and Tina told me about driving down the Mississippi Blues Trail, Civil Rights history, and more...
Mississippi Blues Trail
What I learned about the Mississippi Blues Trail...
Mississippi spawned the single most important root source of modern popular music from BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, Elvis Presley, and many more...
What I learned about the Muscle Shoals...
This town is known worldwide, not only for the music recording industry, but also as the birthplace of W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues and Helen Keller, First Lady of Courage.
I arrived in New Orleans with Brian and Tina just after Hurricane Ida left. This was their first time back since evacuating during the blackout.
While in NOLA we walked the neighborhood to see how bad the damage was, we ate beignets at their favorite cafe, and enjoyed learning about its local history, listening to jazz in the streets, and learning about the French culture.
What I learned about Louisiana:
Indigenous people called it Balbancha, “land of many tongues,” and they inhabited the rich delta lands between the Mississippi River (“Father of Waters”) and Okwa-Ta (“Big Water,” Lake Pontchartrain).
French explorer Robert Cavelier, claimed Sieur de La Salle in 1682 for the French Crown.
France ceded Louisiana to Spain, to keep it out of the hands of the British, victors of the recent French and Indian War.
Throughout the1700s, Louisiana was a Spanish colony and functioned as an important trading and cultural partner with Cuba, Mexico, and beyond.
The Spanish liberalized policies governing slavery, which enabled the dramatic growth of a caste of free people of color.
In 1803, the Spanish retroceded Louisiana back to France, only to have Napoleon sell the entire Louisiana colony to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Significant battles of the War of 1812 and the Civil War were fought over the city.
New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole culture and vibrant history.
I took one last road trip with
Tina & Brian to Ohio. On our way there I got to see three more states...First stop – Kentucky!!!
What I learned about Kentucky:
It became the first U.S. state west of the Appalachian Mountains.
During the Civil War in 1861, Kentucky was torn apart by conflicting loyalties so they were considered a neutral state.
The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the US, dating back to 1875 and considered a celebration of southern culture and a true icon of Americana.
Next we drove through Indiana.
It turned out we would end up driving back and forth from Ohio to Indiana a few times during our visit. It had the closest roller skate rink,Target, and Starbucks!
What I learned about Indiana:
19th territory to become a state.
Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home is in Indiana (from 7-21).
Indiana supported the Union during the Civil War.
We spent most of our time in Eaton, Ohio, which is a small town outside of Dayton in the southeast corner of the state. While I was there I enjoyed the fall leaves one day and saw my first snowfall! Brrr...it was cold!
On a bike ride we visited the Roberts Covered Bridge. It is a Burr Truss covered bridge and is said to be the oldest covered bridge in Ohio, the second oldest covered bridge in the United States, and the oldest of the six remaining "double-barreled" covered bridges in the United States.
More facts I learned about Ohio:
It's known as the "Buckeye State" after its Ohio buckeye trees.
There are a lot of people who live on a farm with corn fields that is actually owned by a company who uses the corn to make feed for cows.
In 2003, Congress officially declared Ohio as the “birthplace of aviation” over North Carolina, because Dayton was the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who were credited in inventing and flying the first aircraft.
After returning back to NOLA, Tina packed me up and I travelled via the US Postal Service to Idaho...
I travelled by FedEx to meet Meli's family in Idaho!
I arrived just in time for the season to change from fall leaves to beautiful white snow. During my trip we went to the woods and cut down a Christmas tree. We visited Smokey the Bear in the Boise National Forest and I enjoyed all the excitement winter brings, including sledding down the hills by their house and skiing in the mountains.
More facts I learned about Idaho:
In 1805 Lewis and Clark entered Idaho at the Lemhi Pass.
In 1890 Idaho becomes the 43rd state.
Idaho's Salmon River near Riggins is the longest free-flowing river that heads and flows within a single state.
Idaho's capitol is Boise.
Known as the Gem State, Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones.
And now...I am off to California!