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STATE 18: NEW MEXICO

AFTER ARRIVING LATE THE NIGHT BEFORE, WE WOKE UP IN THE MORNING SMELLING SOMETHING. AFTER FALSELY BLAMING EACH OTHER, WE PULLED BACK THE AIRSTREAM CURTAINS AND REVEALED A PEN OF ALPACAS RIGHT BEHIND US, AND IN BETWEEN US AND THEM: A LARGE PILE OF ALPACA POOP.

DESPITE THE POOP, KENDRA WAS IN A WEIRD VERSION OF HER HEAVEN ON EARTH BEING SURROUNDED BY ALPACAS, CATS, AND PONIES — OH, MY.

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STATE 17: TEXAS

AFTER WE WRAPPED OUR “50 STATES” PROJECT IN AUSTIN, WE HAD SOME TIME BEFORE WE NEEDED TO GET TO NEW MEXICO, SO WE DETOURED SOUTHWEST TO ONE OF THE LEAST VISITED NATIONAL PARKS IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.

WE FOUND OUT THAT THE REASON IT’S NOT FREQUENTED AS MUCH IS NOT BECAUSE IT’S NOT BREATHTAKING, , BUT RATHER, IT’S WAYYYY OUT OF THE WAY TO GET TO SINCE IT’S NESTLED ALONG THE RIO GRANDE RIVER WITH MEXICO JUST A SKIP AWAY.

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STATE 15: FLORIDA

KEY WEST WAS A BIT TOO FAR FOR A DAY TRIP, SO WE MADE IT HALFWAY DOWN THE KEYS TO ISLAMORADA, HOPING TO KAYAK AT CERTAIN RENTAL PLACE. WHEN THE GPS THOUGHT WE ARRIVED, WE SAW NOTHING.

AFTER WALKING AROUND FOR A FEW MINUTES, WE NOTICED A SEVERELY DAMAGED SIGN WITH THE RENTAL COMPANY LOGO ON IT, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE IN SIGHT. THAT’S WHEN WE WE REALIZED HURRICANE IRMA GOT TO IT A FEW FIVE MONTHS BEFORE WE DID…

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STATE 12: DELAWARE

DELAWARE WAS THE ONLY STATE WE’VE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A VETERAN PARTICIPANT. BUT, AS WE’VE CONTINUED TO FIND OUT TIME AFTER TIME, EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

OUR DESIGNER DUO’S FATHERS BOTH SERVED IN WWII, BUT NEITHER OF THEM EVER SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR CHILDREN. AS LETTERPRESS DESIGNERS, THEIR FATHERS’ UNTOLD STORIES BEGAN TO SPARK INSPIRATION AS THEY EXPERIMENTED WITH TYPESET, FORMS, AND COLOR…

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STATE 10: MARYLAND

IN THE MATTER OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS, WE WENT FROM CLUELESS TO ALMOST-EXPERTS WHEN IT CAME TO THE SET-UP AND TEAR DOWN OF OUR AIRSTREAM.

ALTHOUGH WE HAD A GREAT TRAINING SESSION FROM OUR FRIENDS AT WOODLAND TRAVEL CENTER BEFORE WE LEFT IN WHICH WE RECORDED AS MUCH AS WE COULD, YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING UNTIL YOU HAVE TO DO IT ON THE ROAD. AND THANKFULLY, IN TIME, WE’VE FINALLY GOT IT FIGURED IT OUT. WE THINK…

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STATE 08: NEW YORK

IT’S ACTUALLY MIND-BOGGLING HOW OLD YALE IS — IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1701! AFTER WALKING AROUND CONNECTICUT’S VERSION OF HOGWARTS FOR A WHILE, WE POPPED INTO THE YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY.

MY FAVORITE PART OF THE GALLERY WAS THE STUNNING HALL LINED WITH TALL PANELED WINDOWS LETTING LIGHT POUR ONTO THEIR ANTIQUITIES COLLECTION. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL REMINDER HOW HUMANS HAVE BEEN MAKING IMPECCABLE ART FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS…

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STATE 05: RHODE ISLAND

YES, OUT-OF-TOWN TOURISTS (INCLUDING US) ARE PARTAKING IN THE SORT OF BIZARRE ACTIVITY OF WALKING BY MANSIONS IN AWE, PEERING THROUGH THE GATES AND WONDERING, “WHAT THE HELL IS IT LIKE TO LIVE IN THERE?"

A FEW OLDER MANSIONS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS MUSEUMS, CHARGING PEOPLE TO FIND OUT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE AS A RICH PERSON. BEING ON THE TIGHTEST OF BUDGETS IMAGINABLE, WE DIDN’T EXACTLY PAY TO GET IN…

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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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