Day 11: Welcome to Idaho

We’ll have a more complete rundown of Day 11, also known as the 4th of July, next week. For now, here’s a look at our very brief visit to Idaho. We were in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana for their 4th of July parade and fireworks. In looking at the town map, we realized we were 10 miles (16 km) away from the Montana/Idaho state line. Pick up another state for our life list? Why yes, certainly:

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There was a howling thunderstorm overhead when we made this stop, and we were alongside a busy highway to boot. So our visit to Idaho was very short. But how often do you get to set foot in the land of the mighty potatoes?

During the trip, we spent some time figuring out which states we had visited. Anna, who has been around the shortest time, has amassed a pretty impressive list so far. States marked with an asterisk are ones she picked up on this trip:

Pennsylvania
New Jersey
New York
Delaware
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Tennessee
Kentucky
West Virginia
Ohio*
Indiana*
Illinois*
Wisconsin*
Minnesota*
South Dakota*
Wyoming*
Montana*
Idaho*
Nebraska*
Kansas*
Missouri*

That’s 25 states at age 7. Not bad!

Your intrepid correspondent, who has traveled so much over the years for work, has of course picked up a few more:

Alabama
Texas
Oklahoma
Washington
California
Arizona
Nevada
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Connecticut

But I’ve had a couple decades of head start, and I’ve only reached 35 states compared to the kids’ 25+. (Nick and Maria have been to California.)

Happy weekend!