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48 State Postcard Project

We have come up with a new way to have fun with our road trip: The 48 State Postcard Project.

First of all, we’re going to try to hit all 48 contiguous US states on this trip.

Secondly, we’re going to send a postcard to each of our nephews from every state we visit.

We don’t live near the boys and don’t get to see them often enough—we look forward to visiting them in Tennessee and Minnesota on this trip! (Unfortunately, we don’t have room in the Mini to buy them presents on the road: we’d have to throw out something to make room, like our clean underwear, which might not bother Neil but would be a problem for me.)

We’d love to find ways to be a cool uncle and aunt to T. and B., who are very cool young men in their own rights. We’re hoping that the postcards can be a way to share the adventure of the trip with them (and double as a geography lesson, too).

We just bought our first postcards today, which means we’ll have to double back and get postcards from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland when we head back to Richmond to grab our suitcase of warm clothes in the fall. That’s okay: our nephews are worth it!

If you have a suggestion for the ultimate postcard from the state you live in, or states you’ve visited, let us know!

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1 Trish Slatin { 08.12.08 at 8:28 am }

Shaula, The postcard idea is a great one! I would suggest saving one for yourselves as well. It’s an inexpensive way to reflect back on all the places you’ve been and won’t take up a lot of room. We are headed back from our 22 state excursion and I regret deeply that we didn’t do this. We only sent them to others. We have a journal and have taken photos, but the postcards would have been a great way to remember this amazing experience without a lot of juggling computers, etc. Another suggestion is to research the history and people related to the places you’re stopping. The “Wow” factor has been incredible and I have a whole new appreciation for our country and those who have come before us. It’s not only been a great home-schooling experience for our daughter Jackie, but for Mark and I as well. Now, I’m REALLY energized to dig deeper into American History this year – Jackie’s a little concerned about my enthusiasm and the amount of work ahead of her – ha!

2 Shaula { 08.12.08 at 12:01 pm }

The ‘Wow’ factor has been really high for us, too, Trish!

Neil and I are both fascinated by history, too, and we’ve been enjoying reading up on the places that we visit. We’re in Sturbridge, MA right now, and it is stepped in history that goes all the way back to before the Revolutionary War. In fact, Benjamin Franklin visited Sturbridge in his role as Postmaster General to the 13 Colonies.

I find it so much more meaningful to visit all of these places first hand rather than just reading about them. The travel is also helping me make more sense of American regionalisms which are largely baffling to me as an outsider.

And speaking of history, have the three of you ever gone to Colonial Williamsburg? Neil and I spent a weekend there in February this year and absolutely loved it. (We were also blessed wit ha off-season rates and unseasonably warm weather.) I grew up going to historic re-enactment parks like Barkerville and Fort Steele on family vacations, and as a kid I dreamed of working at one.

In fact, we’re waiting for a break in the weather here so that we can go to Old Sturbridge Village.

I hope Jackie catches your enthusiasm and that all of the history comes alive for her, too!

3 Matt H { 08.20.16 at 11:28 am }

Colonial Williamsburg is so fun, especially the brick making and blacksmith too