I just found this in a pile of stuff I’ve been meaning to go through since the summer. It reminded me that Oliver and I really need to get around to writing about “that time we (almost) met Josh Groban.”


Go to 5 Strange Landmarks

On Sunday, I went to the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, PA. I was in Pennsylvania to “help” on a farm and see family, but we happened upon this gem of American history. Some may ask, “Does the National Museum of the American Coverlet really count as a strange landmark? Edgar Allen Poe was strange. Does going to his museum count?” My response is that the requirement is a strange landmark, including museums and statues. However, while Edgar Allen Poe was strange, having a museum to him is not strange. The American Coverlet is not strange (it’s quite practical, I’ve learned), but having a museum to it is. It counts.

Four more to go! Which ones should I go see?

Visit all of the continental U.S.

A few weeks ago, I was in Spokane, WA for work. We flew in, and I immediately went to run around the Spokane waterfalls. I stopped by the falls to get a better look, and the reality hit me: I’m in Washington state.  I’d never been to Washington before!!

I then returned to the hotel and shared my goal with my coworker: I want to visit the entire continental U.S. before I’m 30. After ridiculing my goal for about 5 minutes (and my laziness for not wanting to go to Alaska or Hawaii – it’s not laziness, really, it’s called being pragmatic about this 30 before 30 thing), he said, “You know we’re, like, 20 minutes from Idaho, right?”


No I didn’t know that. And, yes, if we have time, I would love to go.

We did have time. We went to Coeur d’Alene and had dinner, and then we even trekked onward to Montana! We stopped, had coffee, talked with an elderly native Montanan (sure, that’s right. Montanans call themselves that).

A few weeks later, I made it through Delaware (imagine, I’ve never been!) on my way to NYC. Done.

Minnesota, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Delaware. Considered yourselves checked off. Only 12 states left…

In the continental U.S.