Sunday, July 1, 2012

License to Travel

Just a quick post, but kind of an interesting one.  Back from the honeymoon, where my lovely wife and I traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We stayed in a condo for a week, then traveled up NC 12 to Kitty Hawk and crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (turns out I get really claustrophobic in that tunnel, which is odd given I don't recall having problems with the Eisenhower Tunnel).  We then had about 30 hours to kill before we had to be in Raleigh, so Laura decided spur-of-the moment that we needed to go to DC.  We got there around 5:30 (rush hour, AAH!), went into the Smithsonian Institute of Natural Science, and saw the White House, Washington Monument, and WWII Memorial before leaving that same evening.  As much of our vacation involved driving, we decided to keep track of license plates starting from when we left the airport and culminating when we returned to the airport.  It was fascinating to see how many states we got!  Here is our list in no particular order (*=we were in that state):

  1. North Carolina*
  2. South Carolina
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Kentucky
  5. Virginia*
  6. West Virginia
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. New York
  9. New Jersey
  10. New Hampshire
  11. Vermont
  12. Maine
  13. Tennessee
  14. Alabama
  15. California
  16. Oklahoma
  17. New Mexico (got this one almost literally last minute; saw it on the road to the airport!)
  18. Minnesota
  19. Michigan
  20. Montana
  21. Georgia
  22. Florida
  23. Ontario
  24. Louisiana
  25. Missouri
  26. Illinois
  27. Ohio (seriously, there were almost as many Ohio cars as NC cars on the Outer Banks!)
  28. Indiana
  29. Colorado
  30. Maryland*
  31. Delaware*
  32. Kansas
  33. Texas
  34. Connecticut
  35. Rhode Island
  36. Mississippi
  37. Iowa
  38. Massachusetts
  39. Oregon
  40. Arizona
  41. Utah
  42. Alaska (saw no less than 5 of these!)
  43. South Dakota
  44. Nebraska
  45. Nevada
  46. Washington
We were only missing Hawai'i (duh), Idaho, Arkansas, and North Dakota.  Of those, we saw several Idaho and Arkansas as we drove from the KC airport back to Nebraska, but we had agreed that those wouldn't count on the "official" list.  We did see a couple other interesting ones as well:
  1. Washington, D.C*
  2. U.S. Government
  3. Ontario
  4. Diplomat
We likely saw other Canadian ones, but I'm not very good at recognizing them on the fly.  I had never seen a Diplomat plate before; that was cool.  We thought we had seen French and German plates, but we then realized that since North Carolina does not require front license plates, some people were using fake European plates on front. Confusing.

We also added four states plus D.C. to our list of states traveled to.  My map of states is below:

Blue is a state I have been to (currently at 23), green is one I intend to travel to very soon (NOAC is in Michigan at the end of July), and red is a state I have been to but only in an airport (there are 4).  Not shown: Wales, England, and Ireland.

I may post a blog at a later point about the differences in signage from the East Coast and the Midwest; I found it very interesting!  It's a bit of a hobby of mine.

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