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STATE 16: LOUISIANA

MANY OF THE BUILDINGS WITHIN THE FRENCH QUARTER DATE BACK BEFORE 1803 WHEN THE U.S. MADE THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE. JUST PRIOR TO THAT, NEW ORLEANS WAS UNDER SPANISH RULE, AND WHEN MAJOR FIRES DESTROYED THE FRENCH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE IN 1788 AND 1794, THE SPANISH INTRODUCED THEIR STYLE IN THE BIG EASY.

BUT NOLA IS KNOWN FOR MUCH MORE THAN ITS ARCHITECTURE, IT’S CONSIDERED THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ, WHICH IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL EVERYWHERE YOU GO, ESPECIALLY ON BOURBON STREET.

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STATE 14: SOUTH CAROLINA

AMONGST THE CHARM AND BEAUTY OF CHARLESTON, WE COULDN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT ITS DARKER PAST. THIS WAS OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE IN THE SOUTH, AND WE COULD FEEL IT.

OUR COUNTRY HAS A VERY SINFUL PAST, AND ALTHOUGH WE’VE PROGRESSED IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS SINCE, WE ARE STILL BROKEN AND HURTING AND LOST. OUR DREAM IS THAT THIS LITTLE FIFTY STATES PROJECT COULD BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER SO WE CAN DISMISS OUR DIFFERENCES IN FAVOR OF CONNECTING WITH OUR SIMILARITIES…

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STATE 11: VIRGINIA

MOST OF WHAT WE SAW IN VIRGINIA WAS WHAT WE COULD VISIT WHILE STAYING JUST OUTSIDE OF D.C., WHICH WE LEARNED IS REFERRED TO BY LOCALS AS THE DMV AREA (D.C., MARYLAND, VIRGINIA).

SO, WE APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE TO ALL VIRGINIANS BECAUSE WE WEREN’T ABLE TO EXPLORE MUCH BEYOND THIS AREA, BUT, WE WERE CERTAINLY IMPACTED BY WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO SEE…

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STATE 04: MASSACHUSETTS

AFTER A COUPLE NIGHTS SPENT IN CABELA’S PARKING LOT IN HUDSON, MA, WE WERE PRETTY EXCITED AND SLIGHTLY ANXIOUS TO GET TO BOSTON, OUR FIRST “MAJOR” CITY STOP ON THE TOUR. AFTER SETTING UP CAMP AN HOUR OUTSIDE THE CITY, WE PARKED ON THE OUTSKIRTS AND WALKED ACROSS THE CHANNEL WHERE THE BOSTON TEA PARTY PROTEST HAPPENED IN 1173, “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!”

THIS IS GOING TO TURN INTO A HISTORY LESSON, ISN’T IT?…

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STATE O2: MAINE

LEAVING VERMONT, WE HEADED EAST INTO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST NEAR THE STATE LINE OF MAINE. WITHOUT ANOTHER CAR IN SIGHT, WE STOPPED THE TRUCK AND TRAILER ALONGSIDE THE WILD RIVER AND ROLLED OUR WINDOWS DOWN TO BASK IN THE FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR. WITH BIRDS SINGING ALL AROUND US AND THE RIVER FLOWED PEACEFULLY PAST US, WE WERE IMMERSED IN A MOMENT OF NATURE AT ITS FINEST.

IN A WORLD WITH A BILLION MOVING PIECES AND CONSTANT NOISE ALL AROUND US, THERE AREN’T MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES TO PAUSE AND BE ONE WITH OUR WORLD, BUT THIS, THIS WAS ONE OF THEM…

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