As long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in history, specifically the history of my own city. I had the luxury of going on a private tour of the Statue of Liberty before I was 10 years old. Imagine being that young and watching your tour guide actually unlock the doors of Lady Liberty right before your eyes? Amazing! My little feet walked all up and down the historic streets of Lower Manhattan – from Fraunces Tavern, to Wall Street, to Trinity Church and all the way up to the top of the World Trade Center (my feet were actually in an elevator, but it still counts!) I’ve star-gazed at Hayden Planetarium, fed the penguins at the Coney Island Aquarium and took the ferry over to Governor’s Island – all while I was still in grade school. And I credit this all to my fabulous dad. Growing up, he and my mom always made sure to take me and my brother to points of interest in our own city. This not only made me have a strong appreciation of where I came from, but made me realize there were amazing things to see beyond my own awesome city.
|View of Lady Liberty from Red Hook, Brooklyn|
My goal of going to every state is not a new one. Strange ambition for a girl who lives in the biggest city in the country, you say? Perhaps. I guess it all started when I found a stamp of Mount Rushmore in my dad’s collection. I dreamed of standing in front of it, staring back at the big stone faces of our nation’s founders as they look back at me. And that’s when I came up with the idea – that I wanted to step foot into every state this country has to offer.
|This is the actual stamp! |
Shout out to Mom for digging around to find and photograph it for me!
The purpose of this blog is to keep a running diary of places I have been - from sprawling metropolises to small towns, famous landmarks and places of historical significance to ball fields and shopping malls (hey, I still love to shop too), places that I want to go to and just general thoughts as I work to complete my quest. I’ll share with you all some of my favorite places, things to do and helpful travel tips. And of course, there will be photos! So keep checking back J