Some like to take pictures of nature. Some like to take pictures of people. Some like to take pictures of food. I like to take pictures of all of those things, but most of all, I like to take pictures of signs. As we traveled throughout the west, I’d scream, “Pull over! There’s the state line sign!” Then I’d force Don, Ruth, and Tim, my travel companions, to get out of the SUV and pose with me for a variety of pictures.
You see, a picture of a state line sign is proof that I’ve been there. It’s the conquering of a goal. And it’s the perfect desktop background for my computer, triggering many happy daydreams during otherwise stressful days. By the end of Days 5 and 6, I boasted three new sign pictures for my gallery.
I have a life goal of traveling to all fifty states. Some of my friends refer to it as my “Bucket List,” but I prefer to call it my goal. When I established this goal four years ago, I typed a list of the fifty states and highlighted in purple the ones I had been to. The count was 25 plus Washington, DC. What a great place to start… at exactly the half point.
In 2009, I highlighted Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In 2010, I added Rhode Island. In 2011, I marked off New Jersey. (On my trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, I flew home from the Newark, New Jersey airport. I’m counting that.) And by the completion of my Wild Wild West trip, the count had risen to 36, with Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah glowing in purple!