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Thursday, September 13, 2007
Thursday Thirteen #14

At last count, I had been to or through 34 states. So, today, I thought I'd give you a little tidbit about:
13 State Capitals I've Been To or Through

1. Arizona - Phoenix is too hot for most of the year, but I have friends there so I bear with it.
2. Colorado - I don't remember much about Denver. I was last there when I was about 15 - visiting cousins.
3. Georgia - I spent a night in the Atlanta airport. Not something I would ever recommend doing.
4. Hawaii - I've been to Honolulu twice and loved it both times.
5. Iowa - I went to Des Moines on business. The trip was pleasant and the Capitol building was beautiful.
6. Michigan - Lansing is a wonderful city that is often overlooked. I found it charming.
7. Nebraska - I've only driven through Lincoln. One of these days, I'm going to stop and do some sightseeing.
8. New Mexico - The Capitol building in Santa Fe is one of only a few in the U.S. without a dome on it. Instead it is built in the shape of a hogan to honor the state's Native American roots.
9. Ohio - Columbus is another city I've only driven through. And, the last time I went through, it was snowing.
10. Tennessee - I spent a week in Nashville just last year. It's Capitol is the only one with a former President buried on its grounds.
11. Utah - Living here, I'm just a little bit partial to Salt Lake City. I love the mountains that surround the valley and that we have four distinct seasons.
12. Virginia - When I lived there, we drove down to Richmond for a day. It is a beautiful city, rich with history. I could have spent much more than a day there.
13. Wyoming - The old west lives on in Cheyenne. It, too, has a very nice Capitol.

Which state capital is the largest capital city in the U.S.? The first person to post the correct answer goes into my drawing for this month.

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33 Comments:
After watching "Big Love" for two seasons, I'm all about checking at Salt Lake City. I'd also love to go to Santa Fe. I must admit I've never visited my own state's capital (Tallahassee) since it's just so darn far away....

Anonymous Di said...
Since my son was in 5th grade lst year, I got to re-learn my state capitals!

Tallahassee (to your previous commenters point) is a pretty lame state capital. I've lived in Florida off and on (off right now, for good, I hope) for about 23 years and can tell you many, many other lovely places to visit in Florida. Tallahassee isn't one of them! I heard that there was some big political thing at work that allowed it to become the capital. Can you imagine all of the legislators from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, etc. (the most populous areas of Florida) having to fly into the podunk airport in the podunk town of Tallahassee to do our state's business???

I encourage you to visit Raleigh, NC where you will be greeted with lovely Southern hospitality, sweet tea (unless you specifically request it unsweetened) and some good old-fashioned Southern cooking. I recommend Big Ed's in the old farmer's market in downtown Raleigh...Friday's special is fried catfish...and you can order a couple of sides like okra, collard greens, butter beans, etc. And some days you will even see Big Ed himself there in his denim overalls and red plaid shirt!

Blogger Head Gaggler said...
Wow a great list. I have only been to a couple of those.

Blogger Judy Callarman said...
This is a very interesting list!

I love how Santa Fe does that. Most architecture in the city is like that.

Thanks for visiting my TT.

Blogger Babystepper said...
Sounds like it's been an exciting life. Here's hoping you make it to all of the fifty capitals.

P.S. You need to enable your blogger profile, because I'm not being able to follow your link.

Blogger nikki the red said...
i live in columbus, ohio. stop in next time you're driving thru! hehe. this is my first tt!

Blogger Cindy Swanson said...
I've been a several of these, too...but I've gotta admit, I envy you the Hawaii trip! Maybe someday...:)

Blogger Qtpies7 said...
I lived in Phoenix, its not so bad when you live there, you really don't notice the heat. It is dry, so the humidity kills you when you travel elsewhere.

Blogger Joyismygoal said...
I have been to all those but Georgia-I agree on Arizona-I grew up in Ohio and college in Idaho and Utah so I passed through all those midwest and western states LOVE Colorado

I've only been to a few of those - my own state capital is on your list (Lansing) though and I've been there several times. Great list! :)

Blogger Elle Fredrix said...
Hmm, I've only been to Michigan and Ohio from this list. But then, I'm not American, so I guess I can get away with it.

Blogger erin said...
I have only been to 3 of these! (Phoenix, Nashville, and Atlanta) Fun list! Mine is random facts about me.

http://stephenanderin.blogspot.com

Blogger Southern Girl said...
You've been to my capital -- Nashville! ;) That one and Atlanta are the only two on your list that I've visited. I need to get out more...

My TT is up, too:
http://southern-born-and-bred.blogspot.com

Anonymous Nicholas said...
So far, we only have one state capital in common. I loved Honolulu too.

Blogger Terri said...
You sound like my best friend who has been through about every one of the contiguous states and Alaska. She hasn't been to Hawaii. Unfortunately I'm not so well traveled.

Blogger Ann Aguirre said...
Oooh, I'd love to see Honolulu. I haven't been to too many state capitals.

Blogger carrie said...
Wonderful list!!! Lived in Arizona for 18 months, in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix and I LOVED it...even the heat!!! I'd trade the freezing cold for the heat anytime!!

And I believe the largest state capital city, size wise anyway, is Juneau...in Alaska!!!

Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...
We lived in Lincoln, NE for 1 1/2 years while I went to grad school. It's a nice town--as long as you love football and Huskers. :-) Happy TT!

Anonymous Nicole Austin said...
I've done the night in Atlanta airport. Definitely not something I want to experience again!

Happy TT!

Blogger Donetta said...
Sounds like many fun trips. Thanks for hosting.

Blogger palmtreefanatic said...
wow! thats alot of places! what a nice TT!
Happy thursday, stop by sometime!;)

Blogger The Gal Herself said...
Thanks for sharing that about the capital in Santa Fe. I've been there a few times, yet no one told me that.

You really must come to Illinois! Not only do we have Chicago (the Lake, the museums, the parks, and, of course, the Cubs!) we're also the Land of Lincoln, with lots of historical sites.

Blogger Jackie said...
Very cool!!

My TT is up now :)

Blogger L^2 said...
Great list. I've been to eleven states (five of them are on your list too) that I can think of at the moment. Darn, two more and I could have had a TT. LOL!

Thanks for visiting my list. :-)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Actually, Carrie. Juneau is NOT the largest state capital. Anyone else got a guess?

Blogger Kathy said...
Terrific idea for a TT! I'm putting this on my to-do list for a future Thursday!
Thanks!!!! :)
Just returning a visit to my site;
hope you have a great weekend!

Blogger Mallory said...
You have traveled a lot! I would like to go all those places one day. If you ever add Salem (Oregon) or Olympia (Washington) to your list, stop by and say hi!

Blogger Lori said...
Wow! I've never been anywhere really. I'm sooo isolated:(

Anonymous Christine said...
Yay, Phoenix is #1!!

And yes, I agree with you, it is so HOT here, from May-October, but the other half of the year it's absolutely gorgeous.

Great TT!

Happy Thursday!

Blogger Shannon said...
I've only been to Columbus...*sigh* I would love to go to Phoenix though. Somewhere a bit different. Great TT! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Hey, Christine, you got it right. And, believe it or not, Phoenix is the 4th largest city in the United States. I would have never imagined it!

Anonymous crazy working mom said...
You're quite the traveler, 'eh?!

Great list and thanks for dropping by mine today.

Blogger Kendra said...
thanks for stopping by my TT! you have an interesting TT as well! i've also visited a lot of those cities, but like you don't remember some b/c i was just too young!! ;)

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