In the fall of 2001, I had plans for a trip to New England. I was going with a friend to see the fall colors, followed by a small writers’ retreat hosted by our publisher. Then 9/11 happened. The retreat was canceled and so was the rest of the trip. All these years later, I’ve never made it to New England (with the exception of Massachusetts, thanks to a conference in Boston).
I began wondering a number of years ago how many states I’d actually been to. I knew it was a lot. I kept meaning to stick tacks in a map or something so I could figure it out. Well, thanks to the Internet, I can skip the tacks. I found a site that helps a person map out what states they’ve visited. Here’s mine (states I’ve visited in red):
As you can see, I need to make my way to five states in New England, three states in the South, plus my neighbor to the Northwest, Alaska. I’m sure going to try to accomplish this before I get too much older.