So I figure the best way to list the states I have visited so far would be by alphabetical order. So without further ado here they are in particular order.
Alabama – The visit I remember most was when I drove through Birmingham on the way to my good friend Troy’s wedding in Jacksonville, FL. I left Tulsa early one morning trying to make ATL that night. Little did I know that once I passed through MS the speed limit was going to crawl through AL. It seemed like it took forever! I came into Birmingham from the north on a state highway and then took a wrong turn and got stuck downtown at dusk. I couldn’t figure out how to get on the highway and ended up in a really bad neighborhood. Stripped out cars on blocks bad. After passing what I’m sure was a pimp and 2 hookers I found my way back into downtown and found the interstate ramp. Let’s just say that it’s still one of my least favorite states. Mostly due to humidity and that nasty awful sugar brewed stuff they call tea. Real tea doesn’t have sugar Alabama. I’m sure there are plenty of nice things about Alabama but I haven’t experienced them yet.
Arizona – From one of my least favorite, to one of my all time favorites. I love the complete diverseness of the states terrain, it’s not just desert folks. My first visit to AZ was in college. I told my friends that I had always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and had decided that I was going to go there, by myself if I had to. At the last minute one of my floor mates, Jeremy, or as we called him, Spanky, decided that he would accompany me if no one else would. We ended up leaving around 2am cause we were too wound up to sleep. Somewhere in TX we hit a snow storm then in NM we got stuck for 4 hours behind a wreck and slept in the car on I-40 in the blizzard. We did finally make it to the canyon a day later. We sat on the edge and took photos and then said “What do you want to do now?” So we jumped back in the car and drove all night home. Still one of my most memorable road trips ever. since that trip I have been back twice. Taking the photo you see above when I took my kids on there first visit to the Grand Canyon. Something I wish I could have done as a kid.
Arkansas – Since this state is so close to my home state I have been here many times. I have many memories but I’ll chose a recent visit with Eric who talked me into paddling down the Buffalo River in a 2 man kayak. Picture 2 not so small guys pushing the weight limit of the kayak who have never paddled a kayak in more than class I-II water. One of us (raises hand) had only been a canoe a few times. Less than a minute in we get sideways in very shallow swift water and over we go. Everything drenched in ice cold water including the dry well. We were both almost ready to give it up before even getting 20 yards into a 7 mile trip. Well the good thing is that we got back in and we gathered our composure and managed to run the next 7 miles including some class III rapids without getting wet again. All in all, a memorable trip down a beautiful river through some very nice scenery.
California – I’d like to spend some more time in Cali. I’ve only been to LA on a layover to Hawaii. Spent about an hour driving across the northern border and back into Oregon in order to make my first visit to the state. Recently I got to take a quick trip to central California for a business meeting. I only got to spend one night there before heading back the next day. However, I did get to make my first trip to the Mecca of California fast food. Yea I had me a 2×2 animal style In-N-Out Burger and thought it was pretty good actually. I hear they are building them in TX now, kinda takes the fun out of it.
Colorado – Wow where do I begin with this state. Ranks up there in the top 5 of my most favorite states to visit. Might be #1 during the summer months. We used to spend 1 week in Beaver Creek every summer but haven’t done that in awhile. My most memorable moment. A 16 mile round trip solo hike from Beaver Creek Village to the peak of Grouse Mountain which is just under 13,000 feet. At the top you are at least 6-7 miles in any direction from any type of civilization. The views are amazing.