Traveling the 50 United States of America

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O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain 
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain 
America, America, God shed His grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea 

O beautiful for Pilgrim feet, whose stern impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat, across the wilderness 
America, America, God mend thine every flaw 
Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law 

O beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife 
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life 
America, America, May God they gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine 

O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears 
America, America, God shed His grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

united states of america

I love America. I love the history. The names. The landscapes.

I love the Midwest, my home. The people. The culture.

And I love to travel. So far, I have only traveled domestically, but I did get my passport this year! Making plans already …

Why this post though? Am I really going to spend the following paragraphs expounding upon patriotism and the home of the free and the brave? While I have plenty of essays, speeches, and class assignment to verify that I could very well dedicate 1,000 words to those topics, the real reason for today’s post goes back to my 100 Goals in 10 Years blog.

One of my goals is to visit all fifty states. Rather than take up more room in that post by listing each one, I decided to create a new blog to link. That way y’all can still keep me accountable for achieving those goals.

Without further ado, give a round of applause for the United States of America!

Introducing the 50 States

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana
  15. Iowa
  16. Kansas
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi
  25. Missouri
  26. Montana
  27. Nebraska
  28. Nevada
  29. New Hampshire
  30. New Jersey
  31. New Mexico
  32. New York
  33. North Carolina
  34. North Dakota
  35. Ohio
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oregon
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Rhode Island
  40. South Carolina
  41. South Dakota
  42. Tennessee
  43. Utah
  44. Vermont
  45. Virginia
  46. Washington
  47. West Virginia
  48. Wisconsin
  49. Wyoming

*poem by Katharine Lee Bates, music by Samuel A. Ward

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