Memories From Every State I've Been To

  1. Arizona
    The enormity of the Grand Canyon. The old ladies jail and the House of Joy in Jerome.
  2. Alaska
    Seeing a black bear (and then many...and then grizzlies), moose, the Northern Lights, catching and cleaning dungeoness crabs, kayaking, Denali. It's one of the best trips I've ever taken.
  3. California
    I've visited a lot, but San Diego is my favorite city I've been to so far. Love the Old Globe, Balboa Park, and La Jolla Cove.
  4. Connecticut
    A beach on Long Island Sound that we went to when I was a kid. I don't remember the name. I do remember my toes being pinched by crabs underwater.
  5. Delaware
    I've been there several times and have no specific recollections.
  6. Florida
    Walking the beach in St. Augustine with a childhood friend. The Tiffany museum in Orlando.
  7. Georgia
    Best fried chicken I've ever had was in Sylvania, GA.
  8. Hawaii
    Snorkeling with sea turtles, watching lava burble and spurt out of the earth. Hawaii was almost as amazing as Alaska. (And oddly similar in many ways.)
  9. Idaho
    Driven thru a corner of it going to the Grand Tetons.
  10. Indiana
    Wolf Park. The "HELL IS REAL" sign on 65 and thinking, "Yep, and I'm in it right now."
  11. Iowa
    The smell of pig farms. Mostly just driven through it.
  12. Kansas
    Sitting in a sports bar watching Michigan beat Ohio State thereby sending the Northwestern Wildcats to the Rosebowl.
  13. Kentucky
    Seeing Ralph Stanley play in an old mansion. Dudes at the concert who kept their spare beer in their back pocket: redneck AND creative.
  14. Maine
    Acadia, cousins, kayaking Moosehead Lake.
  15. Maryland
    childhood Thanksgivings with cousins. Great times.
  16. Massachusetts
    Boston is ok, but was really impressed by the South Shore and all the random food: lobster rolls, lime rickys, an ice cream flavor that I can't remember the name of, but distinctly remember the taste....
  17. Michigan
    Rubbing a black bear cub's tummy at Oswald's Bear Ranch.
  18. Minnesota
    Visiting friend from college. The big cherry on a spoon sculpture. So many blond people.
  19. Missouri
    Worst pizza I've ever had.
  20. Montana
    The animal rescue/environmental center in Red Lodge.
  21. New Hampshire
    Summer at a vacation rental on a lake next door to my aunt and uncle. Loved it. Caught rainbow trout.
  22. New Jersey
    Driving home on 9W with friends from a Billy Joel concert, looking for signs, finding a skunk with a yogurt cup stuck on its head instead.
  23. New York
    Home.
  24. Ohio
    Mostly spent time in Cincy. Very aggressive homeless population and people smoke like chimneys.
  25. Oregon
    Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Ashland and Lithia Park, OSF, Oregon Coast, and the most beautiful place I've ever seen: Crater Lake
  26. Pennsylvania
    Memories of Williamsport and Montoursville in the 70s. Visiting my grandparents, walking my grandfather's dog. Hers ice cream, mint chocolate chip. My grandfather's burial at Gettysburg.
  27. Rhode Island
    Block Island, eating my first lobster
  28. South Carolina
    Went swimming off of Edisto Island when I was 5 months pregnant. Realized that the density of amniotic fluid and sea water is pretty much identical. Belly lost it's taught shape in the water because of this. So cool.
  29. Utah
    Snowbasin, taking my husband's rental car while he was in a conference and driving to Wyoming... just 'cause.
  30. Vermont
    First vacation away from our child (possibly second — having children makes everything blurry). Hot air balloons and maple syrup farm.
  31. Virginia
    8th grade class trip to the capitol, horrible hotel & hotel food. Arlington National Cemetery.
  32. Washington
    Visiting Mt. St. Helens, Hurricane Ridge, kayaking the San Juans Islands. Beautiful, geologically diverse state. Mt. Rainier has a very intense "I will fuck you up" vibe.
  33. Wisconsin
    Camping in Door County. A seemingly straight dude (he was there with girlfriend) kissing my friend (another straight dude) forcefully on the mouth. I straight-up fell out of my chair, I was laughing so hard.
  34. Wyoming
    Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Moose, bison, wolves, bears.