Happy Monday, all!
I’ve been SOOOO excited to share with you this post for SOOOO long!! It has been a masterpiece in the works for forevs, and I’m excited to share with you a HUGE part of my blog- and my LIFE.
So, to start off, many of you know that my boyfriend and I love to travel together. It’s our thing. We have never been out of the country together (yet), but we have been all over the U.S. There is just something special about traveling across the country with your significant other. Maybe it’s the new experiences shared and the bonds created by spending long hours together, but traveling has brought us closer. When Trevor and I first started traveling together in the beginning of our relationship, we made a pact together to see all 50 states before we have kids. Sounds cool, right?
That’s when things got complicated. As if seeing all 50 states before we reproduce isn’t hard enough, Trevor came up with an idea to complicate the journey even more. He proposed that we not only see all 50 states, but get a picture by each state entrance sign.
This is actually easier said than done. Anyone can see all 50 states, but it takes a trooper to get a picture by each state entrance sign. Why? Because getting pictures by those state signs IS HARD!!!!!! Finding each sign accessible despite traffic and location takes a lot of meticulous planning. The state entrance signs
are usually located in area where we risk our lives and nearly die need to be located in a safe area where we can hop out of our vehicle and get the picture. For example, some of the signs are cast above a highway which makes it impossible to get that particular sign, causing us to research a different route to get the sign.
Luckily, Trevor is great at planning. He will and has spent countless hours on Google maps researching where the most accessible signs are located for picture-taking. He was a geography major so I’m blessed in that department…. Lord knows I wouldn’t be able to plan for something this; I’m the most direction-challenged person you will ever meet.
The nice thing about this challenge is that many of the signs we group together to knock off the list at once. For example, this past summer we took a huge road trip out West and were able to get 11 signs alone. A few months later, we took a weekend road trip get the border states around Wisconsin. Bam. Knocking states off left and right!
It took awhile for me to get over my fear of looking stupid in public. Sometimes we would have to take pictures by signs in very awkward areas….such as along a busy highway where we are SOOOOOOO OBVS TOURISTS and getting honked at. Embarassing. Or that time when we had to get our OWN state, Wisconsin. Even more awkward. I used to feel embarrassed about parking on the edge of the highway to quick run out of the truck to get the sign, but now I could care less. I’m over caring what other people think about me!
Together Trevor and I have been to over 30 states, but we didn’t start taking pictures of state entrance signs until about a year into our relationship. Right now, we have 19 state entrance sign pictures.
Check out the signs we have thus far:
You may notice that Trevor is pictured in four of these state entrance sign pictures instead of me. Why? I used to have pictures of myself in front of all 19 signs…….buuuuut at some point I ended up dropping my phone in the middle of the ocean during a whale watching excursion 2 miles off the coast of San Diego and lost ALL of my pictures that I didn’t save. I CAN’T EVEN MAKE THIS UP!!!!! Luckily, I only lost 4 pictures. We eventually are going to have to backtrack a bit and “re-do” the pictures that I lost. These states that I lost are close to Wisconsin so it shouldn’t be a huge inconvenience.
This has been an amazing, life-changing journey that I am so blessed to be a part of. I have to hand it to my wonderful soulmate for sharing the same wonderful sense of adventure with me, and for all of his hard work planning and budgeting to make this happen for us. He truly is the mastermind behind our travel excursions.
I don’t want to jinx us, but we both have been researching and we believe we may be the only people EVER documented working towards getting a picture by each of the 50 state entrance signs!!! (Rich people who have the means to travel in the blink of an eye: If you are reading this and beat us to it, I’ll have a bone to pick with you!!)
This is only Part 1 in this series, as we are still journeying to get all state signs. Stay tuned and keep checking back for when we continue to get more signs along in our journey!
How many states have you been to so far? I would love for you to leave me a comment below!
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