Since my youngest son, Matt, has decided to move to California, we are taking an abbreviated version of This Crazy Trip.
I returned all of the money I received from my GoFundMe account, thinking that I wasn't going to be able to go. It was the right thing to do. And now, I do get to go, at least part of the way.
We are leaving Maryland on the 19th of March and will travel through West Virginia and stop in Kentucky for the night. On the 20th, we'll travel through Indiana and Illinois and will stay with my in-laws in Missouri. The 21st, we'll travel on through Kansas and Oklahoma and will stay in Texas. The 22nd will include New Mexico, and Arizona, where we'll stay with my daughter-in-law and get to see the grandkids. Then the 23rd will bring us to California where we will travel up to the Merced area.
On the 24th, I'll leave Matt there, will probably cry for the rest of the day and will spend the 24th through the morning of the 27th with my sister, Linda near Sacramento. The 27th, I'll catch the Amtrak train, the "California Zephyr" heading to Chicago.
That train stops in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Then I'll switch to the "Capitol Limited" train with stops in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, DC. So, I'll be able to put out rocks in at least 12 states. I'm bringing the ones for the train trip also, just in case I can leave them in the other 7 states and D.C. I'm not sure how long the stops are in each location.
So, keep an eye out for the State Flag Rocks. If you've found one, please take a picture of it and tell where it was found. Use the hashtag #ThisCrazyTrip in your post. You can either keep the rock or hide it somewhere else in the state for someone else to find! I'm excited about doing this! It's not quite what I had in mind, since I won't be staying with many people. I am happy to be spending these days with Matt, though. And I've never been on a three-day train ride before! Should be a fun experience.