Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Map Is Complete!

(Menoken, ND) Hi 73 Lo 61 -- We had cloudy weather but no rain on our travels today from Miles City, MT to Menoken, ND (10 miles east of Bismarck). We'll have more about the trip tomorrow.

Today is a very special day. Our arrival in North Dakota marks the final of the 48 states that we've visited since we began our full time journey. We have stayed at least one night in our RV in every state. We moved into Tumbleweed in North Carolina on December 11, 2009 and became full timers as of that date. We started our travels in the Spring of 2010 with a very nervous and tentative trip to Florida, and over four years and 48 states later here we are in Menoken, ND.

Here are all the photos I took as we entered each state for the first time. Sorry for the sloppy arrangement. They're in date order, but I couldn't avoid the gaps between the photos. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

2009-12-11 North Carolina2010-03-10 South Carolina2010-03-12 Georgia2010-03-14 Florida
2010-04-17 Tennessee2010-04-21 Kentucky2010-04-23  Illinois

2011-05-30 Maryland
2010-05-23 Missouri2010-09-18 Ohio2010-09-22 Pennsylania

2010-10-02  Virginia2011-06-06 New York2011-07-07 Michigan2011-07-13 Wisconsin
2012-06-12 Kansas2011-08-02 IOWA2011-09-28  West Virginia2012-04-09 Alabama
2012-05-10 indiana2012-07-07 Wyoming sign2012-06-23 Nebraska
2012-07-01 South Dakota2012-07-16 Colorado2012-8-13 New Mexico
2012-8-15 Texas2012-8-22 Oklahoma2012-09-17 Louisana
2012-09-24 Mississippi2013-07-17 delaware2013-07-22 New Jersey2013-08-03 Masschusetts
2013-07-29 Connecticut2013-07-31 Rhode Island sign2013-08-15 New Hampshire2013-08-19 maine
2014-04-31 Arizona2014-05-20 Utah2014-06-01 Nevada2014-07-07 california
2014-07-10 Oregon2014-07-18 Washington2014-08-09 Idaho
2014-08-12 Montana2014-08-29 North Dakota

We placed the North Dakota sticker on the map we have on the end of our slide out.
2014-08-29 all 48 states

2010-14 states filled in

Our son Rick, who is a professional web designer, created this infographic that summarizes our travels since 2010. (You can see a larger, more detailed version of it here.)

One thing we can honestly say about our great country is, there is beauty in every state. We can honestly say that as of today, we've seen them all! :)  We want to thank all of our readers for following along with us. We've enjoyed sharing our travels with you.

See you tomorrow.


Bill said...

Glad you are not hanging up the keys after completing the lower 48. We filled our map many years ago, plus Alaska and 6 Canadian provinces, but are still out there exploring. There is so much left to see and when we come back to a place we have been before, we find something new.

Donna W. said...

woohoo...good job. now where to next.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow!! You sure can say you have been there and done that. I have been in most of the states but am missing a couple here and there.

Vera said...

I have read your Blog even before you started being Fulltimers and am amazed how long ago that was. I am very glad you enjoy yourself. Now on to Canada???

Kevin Read said...

Congrats! Now, on to Canada and Mexico!

DreamCatcher said...

Congratulations! This is so awesome. I am so excited for you both. I love the info graphic your son made - that is an awesome summary. :-)
Hey Dee, your hair has really grown out since NV!
Looking forward to reading about many more of your future adventures. Thanks for sharing with us.

Bill and Nancy said...

Congratulations!!! Great Summary!!

Continued Safe Travels and Happy Trails...

Karen and Al said...

Love the infographic. Congrats!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Quite a milestone! Now you can start all over again on a new map! :c)

Kristin and John said...

Congratulations! Keep up the posting as I really enjoy your writings. RVing in all the states is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks again for taking me on your journey.

Chuck-Kathy said...

Great job, now you can do it all over again.

Janice L Evans said...

well done...we will complete the lower 48 next summer, Lord willing!

and have done cruises in both Alaska and Hawaii. . .so yaaa!

Not sure you could ever see it all, no matter how many times you visited. . .but it sure is fun to try!

Barbara Harper said...

Congratulations. Isn't the USA great? So many places to see and all of them different.

Bob and Jo said...

Congrats, we started a few months before you guys and are a lot OK f states behind. Next year we will check off a number of states.