The Last Frontier

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A QUEST TO SEE MY 50TH STATE AND AN ILLUSTRATION SET TO COMMEMORATE

It started with a few road trips. A big one around the Midwest in 2012. New England that same year. The Pacific Northwest the following year, and the South two years after that.

Partway through the decade, I realized that there were very few states I hadn’t been to yet. In fact, by 2016, I realized that I was only seven states away from having seen them all. (By my definition, that means at least half a day and a conversation or meal of significance.)

Those seven states were Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Alaska.

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I decided that I could easily visit all fifty states by my 30th birthday, in May of 2020. If I did that, I would also accomplish having seen all 50 states within the 2010’s. These are all silly stats to count, but they made for some good goal setting.

Travel, including domestic travel in the United States, always helps me appreciate people and nature so much more. I didn’t want to just quietly reach that milestone, but to throw a party when I did.

And I figured the most fun state to celebrate in would be Alaska. After all, it’s the Last Frontier!

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In September 2019, I’ll be going to Alaska, my 50th state.

I’m hoping to make it a great week spent with friends, gorgeous scenery, and some outdoor adventures.

In the time leading up to this, I’ll be making stuff to celebrate the other states, the road trips and reunions that led up the milestone. I’ll also be trying to get myself to Wyoming and West Virginia, since I’m hoping to cross them off first.

Every year, I hope to check off at least one big bucket-list item. In 2019, I think having been to all 50 states will do!

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Also, I’m starting the celebrations with the illustration set you’ve seen here, and on this poster down below:

 
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Philippe Lazaro