We’re missing Mississippi. Also–weirdly–Arkansas. Maine and Delaware…small population states and far away; no surprise there.
But here are the states and provinces we did collect in the Herman 2012 Road Trip License Plate Game!
On U.S. Highway 50 from Sacramento to Colorado Springs (with a few diversions):
Husband claims he saw Texas plate at gas station in Fernley, NV. Texas drivers are plentiful on the highways; still, I was in the bathroom and could not confirm. Listed with an asterisk until it can be confirmed. According to the rules, two individuals must see the license plate for it to make the official list.
6. New Jersey
9. Washington (state) We never did get Washington DC. Pity; it would have been a bonus if we’d snagged the Taxation Without Representation plate.
Question: how would you suggest calculating a bonus in the license plate game? There should be some way to do this.
10. North Carolina
11. Texas–confirmed at Lehman Caves visitor center, Great Basin National Park in Utah.
13. Florida–from a distance FL, with its picture of an orange, is easily confused with GA, which has a picture of a peach on its plate. The manatee Florida plate clears up that confusion, but then it’s one more design to keep track of. In fact, most states’ license plate designs seem to have proliferated in the last 20 years, making driving more colorful but state collecting more difficult.
1) Alberta, CA
2) British Columbia, CA
18. Unexpected development! Hawaii makes the list in the first 20! Spotted on day 2, in the McDonald’s parking lot in Delta, UT, one block away from where some people were posing with shovels and having their photos taken. It was Groundbreaking day for the new Topaz Museum, commemorating the Japanese American WWII Internment Camp that was located near there.
20. New Mexico
3) Quebec, CA
21. Kentucky–seen on a motorcycle. We never used to count motorcycles back in the day. Why was that? It’s someone’s personal vehicle, probably not a rental and not a commercial vehicle like an 18-wheeler. So we count it. Not that it was needed, but we also saw a Kentucky-plated car at the Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek, CO.
26. South Dakota
27. South Carolina
28. Missouri–these used to say “The Show-Me State” which I always thought was funny. Show me what? Their current plate just has the rather boring outline of the state in the middle.
30. New York–dark yellow color, often confused with Alaska, but look for the dark line at the top and white lettering.
39. Alaska–woop woop!
West Virginia*–unconfirmed. Seen only by Camilla and she did not take a picture. Digital photography has been a game-changer. One person can troll a parking lot while the other is pumping gas or buying cheez crackers.
42. Rhode Island, another rarity. Seen at Zion National Park.
43. New Hampshire–yes! We’ve almost completed our New England collection. This feels a little like owning a portfolio of excellent properties in Monopoly, though I can’t say the feeling extends to building houses or hotels and charging exorbitant rents for the property.
44. Alabama. Well, finally. *sheesh*
4) Ontario, CA
5) Saskatchewan, CA
6) Manitoba, CA
That’s about it. No Mexican states, no Indian nations. Odd. We usually get a handful of each of those on this route.
45. Last but not least…drum roll…North Dakota! Spotted in the Death Valley Furnace Creek Visitor Center.