From the Wilmington area of North Carolina, we crossed into South Carolina and landed in Myrtle Beach… just in time for Jenny’s birthday. South Carolina, the Palmetto State, is the 42nd state we have visited on this massive adventure. It officially separated from North Carolina in 1729, and in 1788,
We made a quick dash back to Pennsylvania so that we could visit two historic sites — one related to the Revolutionary War and the other to the Civil War… settling in at a very small, but interesting campground in York. We started this adventure in Valley Forge, located about
As we closed in on our week-long visit to New Jersey and New York City, we decided to veer west from our last location in Connecticut and spend a week in nature in the Hudson Valley region of New York and the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania. Ironically, our first
O-H-I-O, the 28th state we have visited on our adventures across the U.S. The state gets its name from the Ohio River (a 981-mile river; the largest tributary to the Mississippi River by volume) whose name originated with an interpretation of the Seneca Indian word ohiːyo’, meaning “great river.” Ohio
We left Wisconsin and headed into Michigan — state #25 — via the Upper Peninsula, or U.P. as most folks call it… arriving in the Munising area for yet another look at Lake Superior, this time on the southern shores, which offer stunning sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, and waterfalls —
We hit Iowa (state #22 on our travel across the U.S.) almost immediately after leaving Nebraska City, Nebraska, as we crossed the Missouri River into a sea of flooded fields and farmland. In fact, the roads had just been partially reopened (after repairs from flooding); even the interstate was affected.
On our way through more of the Midwest, leaving Kansas on our way to Iowa, we had to make a several day stop in Nebraska City, home of Arbor Day Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation… which Ran has supported for decades, and which, as tree-lovers, we both had to
We left Arkansas, but not the Ozarks, as we traveled into southern Missouri, state #18 on this 48-state adventure. Known as the “Show Me State,” Missouri is known for its grassy plains to the north and the forests of the Ozarks to the south. We have been amazed to see
We happily left the fog and humidity of Biloxi and traveled throughout the rest of Mississippi, stopping in each of the major regions of the state — up through the Gulf Coast to the Pines, continuing on to the Hills, and finally through the Delta on our way to Arkansas.
As you will soon see from this post, our stop in Alamogordo was full of fun and adventure — even with the ongoing federal government shutdown continuing to thwart some of our activities. Alamogordo, a city of about 30,000 residents located in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert —