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    Posted May 10, 2014 by
    Folly Beach, South Carolina
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Visited all 50 states?

    50 States was just the beginning

    I have always been fortunate with travel. My mom always said that travel is the best education one can have. And she backed it up...
    As a child I was sent on a few summer trips with Dan Senical, a teacher from Boston. He drove a group of about 30 to the '84 LA Olympics and back camping the whole way.
    Another summer we drove to Fairbanks, Alaska and back. In those days, it was much safer and we would camp out under the stars at highway rest stops!!! Imagine that...!
    I crossed the 50 State threshold well before I could drive. But just driving through never really "counted" for me. For the State to count I have always thought you must have spent the night there. Which I have done, and most in a tent!
    After college I was a tour manager for the rock band Widespread Panic and spent several years touring the country again. There is always something new to see, experience or learn. Experiencing the cities and offerings is considerably different than the environmental offerings.
    Being from the Carolinas, visiting just Charleston, or Asheville leaves you with an incomplete view or feeling. The more you go the more you know!
    At this point in my life I have turned my attention to overseas visits. I m not a passport stamp guy...but I do like to see new places.
    The more I travel in the US and Canada, the more I learn about our society and it s political divisions, its absurdities; The more I notice climate change, pollution, and short sided planning.
    The more I travel over seas the more I learn about our foreign policy and it winners, losers, oppression, exploitation, and absurdities.

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