Sunlit Water

June 23, 2006


Filed under: States — by teofilo @ 7:16 pm

I'm actually not big on memes, but I have wanted to do the states meme for a long time.  So here goes; this is a list of states I've visited, followed by a VP describing something I did in each one:

  • Alaska: fasted on a ferry.
  • Arizona: drove across the Defiance Plateau in a blinding snowstorm.
  • Arkansas: stopped at a restaurant where my mom had an unfortunate run-in with cream gravy.
  • California: was the ring-bearer at my aunt's wedding in Big Sur.
  • Colorado: rode the Durango-Silverton Railroad.
  • Connecticut: took the ferry to Long Island.
  • DC: got off the metro in Chinatown to eat at Chipotle.
  • Delaware: told a guy in the next lane how to get to Philadelphia.
  • Florida: went to Disney World.
  • Georgia: changed planes in Atlanta.
  • Illinois: visited the University of Chicago.
  • Indiana: visited Indiana University.
  • Iowa: had a very good hamburger at a restaurant in Davenport shaped like a giant red barn.
  • Kansas: stopped briefly in Emporia.
  • Kentucky: stayed at a motel in Ashland.
  • Maryland: got stuck in traffic around Baltimore.
  • Massachusetts: ate ice cream for dinner at a rest stop on the Masspike.
  • Mississippi: saw the ruins of the old family plantation.
  • Missouri: went right through downtown Kansas City.
  • Nebraska: saw what's left of Fort Sidney.
  • Nevada: was the ringbearer at my cousin's wedding in the basement of Bally's in Reno.
  • New Jersey: picked wild blackberries at my grandmother's summer house on Long Beach Island.
  • New Mexico: got chased by a police helicopter.
  • New York: spent the night in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • North Carolina: saw the Biltmore in Asheville.
  • Ohio: saw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
  • Oklahoma: stayed at a motel in Muldrow where the desk clerk was from my home town.
  • Pennsylvania: drove through Harrisburg in a blinding snowstorm.
  • Rhode Island: took the bus from the airport to Providence, then a train to Boston.
  • Tennessee: met my southern relatives.
  • Texas: stopped at a very nice park in downtown El Paso.
  • Utah: watched Cruel Intentions in a motel room in Kanab.
  • Virginia: walked around Charlottesville at dusk.
  • West Virginia: visited Harper's Ferry.
  • Wyoming: visited Yellowstone.


  1. That’s funny, my grandmother has a summer house on Long Beach Island too. I’m going there in three weeks–can’t wait, I love that place.

    Comment by Matt F — June 24, 2006 @ 11:13 pm |Reply

  2. Where on LBI? Ours was in Loveladies.

    Comment by teofilo — June 24, 2006 @ 11:21 pm |Reply

  3. Ah, another Long Beach Township borough–ours is in North Beach, just above Surf City.

    Comment by Matt F — June 24, 2006 @ 11:27 pm |Reply

  4. Small world.

    Comment by teofilo — June 24, 2006 @ 11:34 pm |Reply

  5. Woo! Charlottesville!

    Woo! Dusk!

    Comment by Stanley — June 27, 2006 @ 12:16 am |Reply

  6. It was really cool. There were fireflies all over the place.

    Comment by teofilo — June 27, 2006 @ 12:16 pm |Reply

  7. It’s tragic that you went to Yellowstone, but didn’t get to Montana. You don’t even have to leave the Park to do so

    Tragic isn’t too strong a word, either. As you drive north from Mammoth to Gardiner, just as you’re getting ready to cross the Gardiner River, there’s this sign that say that you’re at the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. The 45th is supposed to be the border, but because of some kind of surveyor’s glitch, you’re already in Montana when you see the sign. Anyway, the point is that there’s this little parking area right there that doesn’t call any attention to itself, and might have a car or two with MT plates, but never anyone from far away. Park there. Get out and walk along the river, up stream, 100 yards more or less. There’s a place where the boiling water comes out of the bank directly into the icy river, and a mixing zone where it’s hot tub perfect. With a current, and a natural smell. It’s great in the winter — you know, ice in your hair — but summer nights are cool enough that it really works. Gives you a completely different experience of Yellowstone.

    It’s the only thermal feature you can swim in, and is a secret just for locals. Don’t tell anyone.

    Comment by CharleyCarp — July 1, 2006 @ 5:24 pm |Reply

  8. Sounds great. I’ll try to check it out if I’m ever up there again.

    Comment by teofilo — July 1, 2006 @ 5:33 pm |Reply

  9. AZ: It snows?

    NM: Why?

    PA: Are you a blinding snowstorm god?
    No, not Harrisburg! It’s near my personal Hell.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 22, 2006 @ 8:54 am |Reply

  10. It does indeed snow in northern Arizona, which is high and mountainous (and beautiful).

    I may at some point transform this list into a series of posts, so I’d rather not tell the whole story, but the helicopter was chasing us away from an illegal dump where we used to light bonfires. I grew up in NM, so I did lots of stuff there.

    Snowstorms seem to happen to me. I was just passing through Harrisburg on my way to DC, but it took hours on account of the snowstorm.

    Comment by teofilo — July 22, 2006 @ 2:23 pm |Reply

  11. You should totally do posts.

    It always took my Dad hours to drive me to college because of continual construction.

    Yay, D.C.!

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 22, 2006 @ 6:19 pm |Reply

  12. I’d like to do posts. The only thing holding me back is that telling some of the stories would involve revealing things about my life that I’m not sure I want to reveal just yet. I probably will do it eventually, though.

    Comment by teofilo — July 22, 2006 @ 7:53 pm |Reply

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