- Posted May 10, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Visited all 50 states?
When I was 25, I realized that I was within striking distance of hitting all 50 states so I made it my quest to visit all of them by age 30. For my 30th birthday celebration, my husband, my brother, and sister-in-law all joined me for a two week visit to my 50th state: Hawaii. In honor of my 30th birthday, we called the trip Hawaii 3-0.
My criteria for visiting a state was that I had to make a memory in the state in order to count it. Some favorite memories include: watching the Space Shuttle Atlantis launch in Florida, sleeping on strangers' couches throughout the state of Maine, getting caught in a massive ice storm in Texas, doing hurricane Katrina relief work in Louisiana, and falling in love in Memphis, Tennessee!
Every state was beautiful and unique and I have special memories of all 50 of them. As soon as people find out I have been to all 50 states, they inevitably ask me this: Which state is your favorite?! And that is one answer that I never have to ponder...it has always been the same: Iowa. There is nothing more beautiful than home.