I have experienced the good fortune to visit all fifty of our states. Some were great, some not, some in between. But here is something memorable from each one, just off the top of my head.
Alaska-the Aurora borealis, of course!
Arizona-Antelope Canyon, Sedona, Spring Training, Los Sombreros, Elote Café’, and the Grand Canyon
California-Napa Valley, Carmel, San Diego, Tahoe, Pebble Beach, Disneyland, the beach, the wine, Yosemite, home
Colorado-Aspen, Red Rocks, Continental Divide, Boulder, ski trips, Coors Field
DC-Newseum, Ten Penh, cherry blossoms, National Gallery, Capitol Fourth, National Symphony
Florida-Everglades, Key West, Little Havana, stone crabs, cigars
Georgia-the Masters, Merri Macs Tea Room, the Varsity
Hawaii-Loco moco, dear friends, golf, Sam Sato’s, Kintaro, Hamura Saimin, Kapalua, shave ice, Aloha Stadium Flea Market, KC Drive In, Libby’s,
Illinois-the Cubs, Mag Mile, Eataly, museums, Wicker Park, Marshall Fields, Ravinia
Indiana-the Indy 500, Izzy’s, Lucas Oil Stadium
Kansas-barbecue, Negro Baseball Museum, Arthur Bryant’s
Kentucky-The Derby, Marker’s Mark Bourbon, Ali, Louisville Slugger, big hats
Louisiana-Nawlins, beignets, Hurricanes, Bananas Foster, Super Bowl 47, Acme Oyster House, Johnny’s.
Maine-lobster, LL Bean, Acadia, Bar Harbor, Bush 41,
Maryland-Naval Academy, Dirty Pat, crab cakes, Camden Yard
Massachusetts-JFK, the parquet floor, Salem, Boston Pops, lobster roll, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Union Oyster House
Michigan-Cheerios, Henry Ford, The Big House, Motown
Minnesota-Andrew Zimmern, Mayo Clinic
Mississippi-the river, Elvis, Delta blues,
Missouri-Forest Park, The Hill, The Arch, canoeing
Montana-Big Fork, Glacier, buffalo steak, dear friends, huckleberries,
Nebraska-Warren Buffett, College World Series,
Nevada-golf, dear friends, factory outlets, Fremont Street, TPC Summerlin,
New Hampshire-Dartmouth, J.D. Salinger, granite
New Jersey-ESPN, The Boss
New Mexico-Santa Fe, Goler Shoes, Café Pasqual, Georgia O’Keefe, Ghost Ranch, hot air balloons
New York-Yankee Stadium, Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Empire State Building, Century 21, Madison Square Garden, US Open
North Carolina-Pinehurst, UNC, barbecue, Research Triangle, golf, post grad studies
North Dakota-oil, Dokies
Ohio-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Shawshank, the Wilkins, Pro Football HOF, cousin Walt
Oklahoma-the song, Okies
Oregon-Bandon Dunes, Lexi, Willamette Valley wines, Crater Lake, Sunriver, golf, Powell’s Books
Pennsylvania-cheese steaks, American Bandstand, Miss Pennsylvania
Rhode Island-Newport, gaggers, johnnycakes
South Carolina-Charleston, Hilton Head, Gershwin, golf
South Dakota-Sturgis, Crazy Horse, Custer, Deadwood, Rushmore
Tennessee-Beale Street, Graceland, Stax Records, Jack Daniels, Grand Ole Opry, Peabody Hotel
Texas-Salt Lick, San Antonio, Final Four,
Utah-Arches, Canyonlands, St. George, Moab, fresh powder, Bonneville Salt Flats
Vermont-maple syrup, Ben and Jerry’s, Bennington chair
Virginia-dear friends, Smithfield ham, Santa
Washington-Seattle, Prosser Farms, Experience Music Project, Uwajimaya, Triple Door, Pike Market, dear friends
West Virginia-Harper’s Ferry, The Greenbrier, Hokies
Wisconsin-Whistling Straits, Friday night fish fry, Kohler faucets, cheese curds, Cheeseheads, Allen-Edmonds Shoes
Wyoming-Grand Teton, Jackson Hole, Frontier Days, really wide neckties
Feel free to give me your version!
I know the Nifty Fifty Club has only a few members among my readers. The Barnes couple have done all fifty, and many of you have achieved well into the forties, like Denise, Susie, Sandy, Denny, Maria, and others. I saw this story today, and thought it would be interesting to get someone else’s take on the idea.
From reporter, Trevor Hughes: “The rules of my visits were pretty simple: I couldn’t count a simple drive through or airport stop. Instead, I had to either sleep there, visit some sort of monument or point or interest, and, if possible, eat and drink something local. From cheese curds to Navajo tacos and lobster rolls to reindeer sausages, loco mocos (Google them!), pierogis and lots and lots of pizza, I’ve eaten my way around our great country. I’ve camped out under the stars, crashed on friend’s couches and slept in the back of my car more times than I can count. I’ve drunk chili beer and locally made wine and fresh-pressed cider and eaten an awful lot of baked goods.”
I have also been looking for Sinterklaas, as well as the little Dutch boy. I can tell you, for sure, they are not hanging out in any of the bars where I went
Seattle has played a key role in American music history. It was responsible for promoting the Jazz careers of greats such as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones, among others. The others include: perhaps the greatest guitarist of our time, Jimi Hendrix, and the grunge rockers, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Woody Guthrie had a lengthy stay in the 1920s. The post war era brought the great Quincy Jones. The Sixties featured The Fleetwoods, and The Kingsmen, of “Louie, Louie” fame. The surfing music scene brought Paul Revere and the Raiders, along with the Ventures.
But the underlying reason, in my opinion, for the success of Seattle music are the many venues around the city for music. Three of my favorites are: The Triple Door, Jazz Alley, and the Experience Music Project (EMP) founded by Paul Allen. Numerous smaller places are big supporters, like The Showbox, The Crocodile, The Tractor Tavern, and Pine Street Theater.
Each time we visit Seattle, I know I can always find some live music for the evening. Plenty of big names visit Seattle, and fill the big venues like the WaMu Theater, and Seattle Center. But I’m talking about the smaller, neighborhood joints, some with little bars and cafes, some just a bunch of folding chairs and a makeshift stage.