Sunday, August 17, 2008

Our last state: #47 or #48?

Our first year on the road, we planned to go to New England in the fall. That's a logical plan, right? Well, that was 4 years ago, yet as of July 2008 the New England corner of our map was still white.

Since the FMCA rally brought us to Minnesota (another white space on our map at the time) we saw our chance to do New England this summer! New York - check, Masachussetts - check, Maine - check, New Hampshire - check, Vermont - check. Then, last week we made sure to spend one night in Rhode Island, even though it was only 20 miles to our next stop in Connecticut! You see, we've always understood that the LAW is: in order to put a state on your map, you must spend the night in that state in your RV.

So, until we decide to go to Alaska, we're done with checking off states. Uh-oh, look at that white spot for North Dakota. But, you know - we *were* there. It was even an FMCA rally where we gave a Wi-Fi seminar for Coach Connect. But, they flew us there, our motorhome was left in Florida and we stayed at a motel when we went to the rally in Minot.

So, whaddaya think, can North Dakota count? Or will you send the map police after us?

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8 comments:

Glenn said...

LOL...I can imagine the MAP police...that's just too funny. From my perspective ND doesn't count. Go there, find something interesting, have a good time and go from there. I have no doubts that you two can do that. (Oh, try to make some money...that would be good too)

Paula & Tom said...

We have talked to a lot of RVer's that use different rules for filling in their maps. Ours is if we travel within the state with our MH we fill it in. We have no time limits or sleeping requirements but the RV must be with us. Tom

Don said...

I'd call out the fuzz, or take advantage of the "rule" as interpreted and fill in most of the rest of the states on our map. Currently, our "rule" is we have to sleep in the state in this RV. We slept in most of the states years ago in our VW camper but only count the the ones visited since we started RV'ing again in 2003. We have filled all the western states by that rule. In the VW we visited most of the states and parts of Canada on our six week trip returning from Key West, Florida with only two days remaining to make it back to work in San Jose, Ca. We often team drove with the other sleeping so the sleeping rule applied, didn't it?

Anonymous said...

I heard somewhere that North Dakota may not be an actual state, only a "state of mind"? And there were negotiations with South Dakota to make one state called "Unidakota" or "Dakotaz"
Waddaya think?

Keith and Kathy said...

Interesting coincidence. We currently are in North Dakota. We are just passing through, but we like it here.

What with Chris having grown up in Alaska, we would think you would be dying to get back for a summer. You are lucky you didn't do it this summer, however, as it was cold and raing almost the entire time we were there.

Wishing you the best with the "acquisition" of your 48th and 49th states! Let us know if you ever figure out a way to drive to #50 (LOL).

Diane said...

Roosevelt National Park. It is worth the trip to North Dakota! We had a rare opportunity to catch wild horses, bison, and elk all in one photograph while we were visiting.

For the record, our State Map Rules state that we have to sleep in the state...in the RV...

Beth said...

Nah, I refuse to buy into the law that says I have to sleep in my RV in the state to count it. Your trip to ND is a questionable one, however.

Mimi said...

Nope, can't give yourself ND, but certainly can have Hawaii! That is, if you've been there. *grin*