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  • My Well-Traveled 5 Year Old

    Since we have no family living here in Washington (Our closest is in Arizona) we travel to see family, a lot.  Ever since Anna was a baby she has traveled extensively throughout the country.  I've lost count of how many times she's been on an airplane now.  She's definitely a well-seasoned traveler and lucky for us she's also a very GOOD traveler and always has been.

    I decided to sit down yesterday and figure out just how many states Anna has been to in her short life.  I was shocked to discover that she's been to, or has driven through, 38 of the 50 states.  I'd say that's pretty darn good for a 5 year old!  Here's a map I made of up all the places she's been to.

    Pretty cool, huh?  When Anna was 2 1/2 we moved away from Washington for almost 2 years and during that time we did several drives back and forth from Texas to Tennessee and then a big long drive (just me and Anna!) all the way from Tennessee back to Washington.  While we were living away we also drove from Tennessee to Michigan for my brother-in-law's wedding and then we drove from Tennessee to New Hampshire for a ski trip.  We like road trips, can you tell?  She got a good majority of states from all of those drives.

    The states she still needs to get to someday are:

    • Alaska
    • Hawaii
    • Arizona
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin
    • Indiana
    • West Virginia
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
    • Maine

    The first 5 on the above list are the last few that I need to complete my travel in the 50 states.  Someday we'll have to plan trips just to cross these states off of the list. 

    Anna has also traveled to British Columbia and Alberta in Canada.  She's been to Mexico.  While on our cruise last fall she got to add the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Antigua, and Barbados to her list of countries she's been to.

    So, 38 out of 50 states, along with a short list of other countries.  Not too bad, if I do say so myself.

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  • Emily Jones
    Emily Jones When did you all go to Ohio? Josh wants to know.
    March 21, 2011 - like
  • Emily Jones
    Emily Jones PS- We could easily bust out Those Island, Vermont and Maine if you come visit me!!!
    March 21, 2011 - like
  • Elizabeth Bogh
    Elizabeth Bogh When we went up to MI for Steve and Kathy's wedding we went through OH and went to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton. We drove right through Cincy!
    March 21, 2011 - like