Well, all good things must come to an end. This started out as a trip to get us up into the far NE part of the country. That part was accomplished and along the way we went through 22 states in 38 days.
We are amazed at how vast and different our country is. From small towns to large cities, beaches to mountains, creeks to rivers to lakes, I don’t think any country has as much geographical or ethnic diversity.
Friendly people in some areas and not so much in other areas. Probably met the friendliest people in Bar Harbor Maine and Cleveland Ohio.
Amazed at the water we saw. The rivers and lakes east of the Mississippi were so blue and many times so clear I was amazed. Not like the brown rivers and water in our home state. Virginia Beach was hands down the cleanest beach and boardwalk I have been on and the water was blue! The harbor in Maine was the flattest and bluest ocean in this country that I have seen. Sat and watched it every night we were there. And the countless bridges looking down onto such large rivers and the occasional water tunnel were always a unique way to cross water. Staying on a lake in upstate NY where we woke up every morning and went to bed each night on a lake was just as nice and driving that area and seeing a lake constantly.
And waterfalls - always fun. Hiked to a few, saw some driving and got to experience the majestic Niagara Falls. Wow is all I can say about that!
Driving itself was an experience. There are a lot of roads in this country that need work - some roads were so bumpy that my stomach was flipping. And I don’t get seasick. Washington DC was very clean but the construction everywhere was hard to deal with. We did enjoy how the highways are built in most other states. They are built without access roads and instead of those there are trees blocking the view of the cities. You seldomly see the cities when you are driving. So different than the concrete jungles we see at home. Makes for a very pleasant driving experience.
So for the future - Ohio and Illinois have speed traps everywhere-thank you Google Maps for the heads up on those. \240The worst roads we drove on were in Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
Hard to pick the prettiest places we visited, but I’m going to go with Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Virginia mainly due to water and trees.
So many places were so clean, but was disappointed in a few that were dirty like Providence RI. Washington DC was the cleanest city - hard to believe such a large city can keep itself so clean. Unexpectedly, Little Rock and Virginia Beach were also very clean. We saw a lot of homeless and panhandlers in the cities we passed through. This is a National issue that one day hopefully our country will be able to get a better handle on.
6300 miles and 19 hotel rooms - in the middle of the night, first it was where is the bathroom and then it was where is the tp holder🤷♀️
So as I close out my very first journaling experience, I am reflecting on a few things:
- We have a country that I could spend the rest of my life exploring and not touch it all.
- Poverty and wealth is everywhere and the disparity between the two is disheartening.
- Every state/city has its own unique blend of people/cultures which is why I love our country. Living in a city that is heavily inspired by the Mexican culture, it is interesting to visit cities that are influenced by other cultures.
- I would love it if everyone you greeted with a hello or good morning \240would respond to you - manners are lacking in a lot of places.
- There is a huge labor shortage in the hospitality industry. If that could be married better with immigration, maybe we could make some headway.
- As much as we don’t like cold weather, the people who live in cold climates don’t like the hot weather - so explains why people live where they do.
- Although I doubt we will ever leave San Antonio as our home town, there are definitely better places for us to take a summer break.