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Staying Sane on the Road: Episode 1

This sign confused us. We took a right. We were wrong.

Since leaving New Hampshire two weeks ago, we’ve kept a small notebook in the car with pieces of information about our trip: gas purchases, mileage, expenses, lists of things to bring on the next trip, strange signs seen along the roadside, vanity plates…the list goes on.

The last page in our mini road journal includes a list of states and provinces labeled “The License Plate Game.”  The License Plate Game consists of writing down all unique states and provinces from license plates we see on the trip.  The goal is to get all 50 states and Washington, D.C. before we get home; provinces are just a bonus.  It’s not a competitive game as much as it is a team effort to complete the list, in part because it helps stave off boredom on the road and in part because it forces us to be aware of the little details around us.  We found two of the tough stragglers (Alaska and Montana) parked on side streets as we wandered around Key West yesterday.

In the 13 states we traveled through to get to Key West (NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, WV, VA, TN, NC, GA, and FL), we recorded 44 different states plus Washington, D.C. and three provinces.

As we prepare to start the 30-hour, ~1,700 mile trip from Sugarloaf Key to New Hampshire, we have just six states left: HI, WY, ID, NM, UT, and ND.

We’ll be on the lookout for these last few states as we head back to the Northeast over the next three days.  If we don’t see them on this trip, we’ll just have to continue the quest when we drive out west later this summer!

P.S. In case you’ve wondered what it’s like to drive hundreds of miles through southern Georgia or northern Florida, take a peek at this…and then rewind and watch it 600 more times.