I have many people to thank in reaching all 50 states. To my parents who drove me to about 23 states before I could drive and for all that raising me stuff and for bringing me into the world in Pennsylvania, #1. To all the kind people (and a few of the weird ones) who picked me up while hitch-hiking. To Mark who picked me up in Missoula, Montanna and let me ride with him all the way to Michigan. To my parents who had me drop the family off at the airport in NYC, one summer, and take a train to California to save a few bucks. I think that inherited Rathmell desire to be cheap is what lead me to hitch-hiking in the first place. To all the friends that let me crash at their place along the way. To Randy who invested in my life and gave me the NIV pocket NT that traveled with me to at least 30 states. To Joel who accompanied me to South Dakota, #49 (he'd would have stayed with me until 50 if I would have let him). To Christie & Kris Minnich for feeding me my only meal in Louisianna, #48. To Jon, for the tickets to get to Alaska, #50. To Jen, for letting us spend our 1 year anniversary in Rhode Island, #45 and for accompanying me to Alaska, #50. I always thought it would be cool to get to all 50 states but like so many things in life it's the journey to the goal that is often better than attaining the goal. I have countless great memories that will last a lifetime. In reaching this goal I am reminded of words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes12:13 "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man." Solomon tried everything to gain happiness, amassing wealth, wine, women, taking on building projects, ect but he realized in the end that Fearing God was what mattered. In the end it won't matter if you have spent your entire life within an hour of Scranton, PA or if you have traveled the world if you don't fear God. The whole duty of man is to fear God. Do you?
At the tender age of 25, my husband has reached his goal of getting
to all fifty states. Thanks to my brothers generosity in offering
us very cheap stand-by tickets, we were able to fly up to Alaska from Seattle
and reach a lifetime achievement for Buddy. We only stayed for one
day...my brother said we'd probably be stuck in Alaska for the winter if
we didn't leave the next day because everyone and their brother is trying
to leave Alaska these days...something about cold winters.
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