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With another trip in the books, it’s time to update my travel maps!  I know that some people aren’t super concerned with “checking things off”.  But…. that’s how I roll, so I thought it was time to share an update!

3 new states visited

In transitioning between Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore, we went through Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  We didn’t HAVE to go through North Dakota, but we were so close, I simply “HAD TO” stop by!

The playground that time forgot... in Marmarth, North Dakota (population 136)

The playground that time forgot… in Marmarth, North Dakota (population 136)

These were states 46, 47 and 48 for me, leaving only Alaska and Hawaii on my list!

71 new counties visited

Of course, 50 states aren’t nearly enough for me!  I am trying to visit all 3,143 COUNTIES in the United States.  As such, I added 71 new counties, bringing my total to 1,498 (47.7%)


Actually, my 13 hour Amtrak delay was in part due to a reroute of the train, which got me 4 Nebraska counties that I wasn’t expecting!

New jurisdictions on is a site that I reviewed about a few months ago – they divide the world into 875 different jurisdictions.

Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota count as jurisdictions, bringing my total up to 62.


I’ll be snagging several more when I head to Europe this fall, and I’ve even tentatively got a trip planned to Manitoba next month, so look for that total to go up soon!

Updating the travel bucket list

Taking an overnight train ride, seeing Old Faithful and Mount Rushmore were all on my travel bucket list, so it’s time to cross those off also!


Clinched maps updates (Interstates and US Highways)

You thought visiting every 50 states or 3,143 counties was out there?  Well, two of my other travel goals are to travel on every Interstate highway and US numbered highways.  I know… I know… I’m ludicrous.

During this trip I drove on US16, US85, US87, US 189, US 191, US212, US 287, US310, and US385 and Interstates 190 (South Dakota) and 270 (Colorado)

That leaves me at 106/315 Interstates and 112/218 US Highways visited.

World Heritage sites

I also track my number of World Heritage sites visited.  Yellowstone National Park is considered a World Heritage site, which brings me to a grand total of …. six! :-D.  Clearly I need to do better in this department!  I’ve got my eye on a few of those for when we’re in Europe this fall.

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