Are rules made to be broken

(On the third anniversary of our drive across the US and our arrival in the PNW, I think back and talk about what it was like on each day of the trip. This is Part 2 of an 8 part series)

January 22, 2011

It’s funny what you remember. I don’t remember what we ate for breakfast or what we talked about that morning. But I remember the parking lot had a thin layer of snow and ice, and so did the streets. I remember that we turned right out of the hotel parking lot when we left. We drove for five minutes until we crossed into Michigan. Then we turned around, drove five minutes back to the hotel, and got on I90 to continue our journey.

I love lists, and I love completing things. I have a map and a list of where I’ve been and where I want to go. And, like all passionate travelers, my list has rules about what counts and does not count. If I stop over in an airport, that doesn’t count. Saying you’ve been somewhere means you’ve actually been there. My weekend in Oklahoma does count, for example, but barely.

So, according to my own made up rules, I shouldn’t count that I’ve been to Michigan. We only drove in and out of it – I didn’t even get out of the car. But I count it. Kinda silly, either way you look at it. Either it’s silly that I’m making up arbitrary rules, or it’s very silly that I’m breaking my own rules.

Now that I think about it, it could be against my rules that I count the next two states we went through – Illinois and Wisconsin. We drove through them for a while, which is more than just stopping in an airport. And I know we got out and stretched our legs and had food at a rest stop, etc. But is that really enough to count the state as “been there”? It probably shouldn’t, but I’m not going to back and erasing those states off the list now. I will visit Chicago someday. And I was in Wisconsin for over 4 hours. So they count. Yeah. That’s it.