When we started the road trip I was eager to play the license plate game. As we were leaving New England, no one else would paid attention to the plates, because northeastern plates aren’t special in the northeast. But when we finally headed out from Haverford and Philadelphia across West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri toward Colorado, the kids started caring. By the time we arrived in Spokane, the end of the family road trip, we had seen everything except for Hawaii and Rhode Island. All but two!
We referred to Hawaii as “the queen,” because we knew that seeing that plate on the mainland would be a massive stroke of luck.
Leaving the kids in camp, Katie and I visited Glacier National Park on the way home, and tried for full house in that park alone. We nearly nailed it, spotting all but 7. And, amazingly, we saw two Hawaii plates. We saw everything except New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Alabama, and Indiana. This followed the pattern: small, rural and distant states were rare. We then saw Indiana in Waterton Park in Alberta. The key part though, was Hawaii.
We still haven’t seen Rhode Island. More rare than Hawaii, and we drove right past it!
Still hoping to see RI on the return journey though.