Thursday, March 31, 2011

where have we been?

Kate's States Visited:

Bryan's States Visited:

Yep. We've pretty much been everywhere in this great country and have worked in just about every state marked. And the states we didn't work in, we vacationed in. I've been to 48 states and Bryan has been to 43. We've been fortunate enough to have visited about 40 states together, and let me tell you, it's an honor to have seen so much of our country. It's a beautiful and diverse country, and because we drive everywhere we really do get to see all it's wonder that one misses from an airplane.

We've been to most states and cities multiple times. For instance, we've been to Portland, ME about 10 times. I've been to Lincoln, NE 12 times. We've been to San Francisco and Las Vegas about 15 times. As you can imagine, we have met many people all over the place and are blessed to have friends everywhere.

After visiting nearly every state and driving to most of them I can report that:

  • There are beautiful people everywhere!

  • Everyone complains about their weather and thinks that 75 degrees one day and 40 the next is only unique to their area. News flash -- weather moves across the country and we all experience the extreme weather changes in the blink of an eye

  • No matter what age, people have an extreme interest in southern California and celebrity life

  • The guys in the midwest (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Dakota's, etc) really do look cornfed

  • Those states mentioned above, Nebraska and Iowa, laugh at the fact that Ohio is considered the midwest because to them, Ohio is so far east. I kind of agree. I think there should be a mideast just like there's a midwest. It would totally make sense!

  • Florida is ridiculously flat

  • Wyoming is like heaven on earth and Cheyenne is straight out of an old western movie

  • There's no better place to be in the fall than in New England

  • Seattle has the most fresh seafood you'll ever eat

  • Texas is blah, but San Antonio is unique to the country and ridiculously fun!

  • Scottsdale has the most plastic surgery I've ever seen ever... in-your-face boobs everywhere. Wonder why Bryan likes it there so much!! :)

  • Pittsburgh has the most breath-taking entrance to the city

  • Garth Brooks is from the middle of no where, Oklahoma

  • Nashville is ah-mazing beyond belief and one of my favorite places in the country!!! But it is not a mini Vegas like the locals like to think (they call it NashVegas)

  • Charleston and Savannah are about as southern as they get

  • New Orleans has it all - food, culture, nightlife, history, music, architecture, ocean

  • Syracuse houses my favorite restaurant of all time and has a terrific mall!

  • There is no little rock in Little Rock... I went searching for it and turns out it is now under water, river water that is.. such a disappointment. But I did find another rock in Little Rock to hug... in front of the capitol building! (look closely, I sure am hugging it :)

  • There's no place like Vegas

  • Lincoln and Omaha are really fun!

  • Tornado's really do exist in Kansas... I know because I was once in one. Yep, the below photo was taken as Renee and I were running with a group of people from a random Kansas gas station to the basement of the dirty motel behind us. The motel manager came into the gas station where we were all hudled and said "the eye is coming straight for us, everyone get in the basement NOW!" Scary stuff..

  • The Rockies are a work of art

  • upstate New York (on the Canadian border) looks like it's filled with imbred people. They're all so funny looking!

  • The Indiana Dunes are a must see and a complete suprise to the state of Indiana

  • Louisville has a really happenin' street downtown

  • Santa Claus really does exist... in Indiana. Look it up, it's really a town. And we've been there!

  • Des Moines has a wonderful restaurant called Sage that is so swanky that you feel transported to NYC or LA

  • Bryan really does exist too... in Ohio. And yep. We've been there too!

  • No Kaitlyn or Kate, but there is a town that shares my last name with me in South Carolina

  • Oklahoma City has a great nightlife and Tulsa houses my 2nd favorite sushi restaurant

  • Southerns really stand out as "tourists" when anywhere on the west coast

  • LA truly is full of fit, attractive people

  • As far as big cities are concerned, Chicago has it all

  • New York City isn't all that hard to drive in. It looks harder than it really is

  • Sioux Falls, SD has a cacading waterfall downtown, hence it's name

  • San Francisco is cold. Year round.

  • One of the most random nights of my life was spent in Fargo, ND

  • Niagra Falls is gorgeous... from the Canadian side that is!


  1. These are the only states that I have seen this much filled! Ahhh I can't wait to travel this country more!

  2. Wow you have been everywhere!!! I love that you posted this. It's so neat to hear about different states and different perspectives. One thing for sure... Texas is totally blah!!!!! I couldn't agree more lol
    I'll get out one day haha

  3. I'm so jealous!! I'd love to travel! Sounds like you visited lots of great places! :)

  4. I love this post! Esp the three about Indiana & Louisville, as a Hoosier I am proud we made your list hah (Love the dunes.. it's like a super cheap mini faux-beach vacation!)

  5. wow that is AWESOME!!! i'm up to 38, but definitely hope to visit others the next few all the fun stops you've had--VERY impressive!

  6. LOL, after living in Ohio but originally from South Dakota, I definitely agree that Ohio is NOT the Midwest!

  7. Love this post! That is awesome that you have been to so many. I would have to agree with you that Chicago is one of the best places ever. But, I may be a little biased. I also may be biased to agree with you again in saying that New England is one of the greatest areas in the Fall, which is where I was before I moved to Chicago.

  8. I am so jealous. My state visits are pathetic! No where in the middle! Maybe I need to go on a road trip this summer. I love driving in NYC. I will take over for my parents when they come to visit....

  9. Wow, so jealous! New England is very pretty in the fall though, I love it.

  10. wow... I am so envious that you have traveled to all these places! I want to travel so much more than I do, and to the small, random places too, just not the big main tourist cities. I have gathered on here that you work events. What exactly do you do? Your job is ama-zing!

  11. I agree that Texas sucks. San Antonio was pretty neat. There def. is nothing like Vegas. I've been 3 times in 4 years and hope to go again next year. There's something about freeing yourself there knowing nobody will ever know :) Love New Orleans sooo much. Been dying to get back there. I actually LOVED upstate New York and all the wineries there along the lake. Really pretty place to get married.

  12. you have inspired me to convince my husband to go to some random places in the country with me. he will be relieved to hear they aren't all big cities =)

  13. What a great post! You and Bryan definitely have seen a lot of amazing places and some fun hole in the wall places you only find when driving through, as you said. What a great adventure - looks like you need to plan a trip to Alaska :) We have not seen any of the North East and will definitely make a point to get out there in the future!

  14. What a great post! You and Bryan definitely have seen a lot of amazing places and some fun hole in the wall places you only find when driving through, as you said. What a great adventure - looks like you need to plan a trip to Alaska :) We have not seen any of the North East and will definitely make a point to get out there in the future!

  15. Would love to know some of your favorite makeup products. Your makeup always looks so great!!


  16. Just found your blog through link up. Its adorable! I'm a new follower :)

  17. I seriously LOVE that you tracked your visited states. That is SO something I would do!!!

  18. Ha! Some of those listed took me down memory lane from our year we traveled for the tour. I don't think any of us will forget that 1 night in Fargo :). ~Libby

  19. Love this rundown. But I have to defend Texas, or at least part of it. Have you been to Austin? I hear it rivals Nashville, and it reminds me of my hometown of Santa Cruz, which is essentially a mini San Francisco. I love it for the beauty, the water, and the energy of the people.

  20. I'm jealous you have been everywhere..but I am sure proud of your comment about Wyoming...I am a Wyoming born girl through and it :)

  21. haha this post made me laugh & was so informative :)

    love your blog!


  22. Too bad you don't like Texas! Have you been to Austin?! One of my favorite cities! Also, we don't think Nashville is a "mini Vegas." It's just more fun to say than Nashville.

  23. I just stumbled across your blog and found this post. And I LOVE that you mentioned both of my homes - Cheyenne, WY and Lincoln, NE. Though - your opinion of Cheyenne differs from mine! LOL. I'm glad you've had such wonderful travles and have such a great outlook!


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