It’s year 7(!) of the 10 I gave myself to play a round of golf in every state. We’re still at 50 states, because in spite of that 2016 election, the country is still in one piece. Unfortunately, in 2016 I only played golf in one new state, Minnesota. I did play in five states total, but four were retreads (AZ, CA, NV, UT). I did get to knock off one of my bucket list courses in Wolf Creek, well worth the trip.
After surviving a weekend in steamy New Orleans, I’ve reached the halfway point in my quest to play golf in all 50 states. Fortunately, in the 5 years or so I’ve been doing this, I’ve remained healthy, employed and the country hasn’t added any new states to the Union.
But what if something had happened, or will happen, and 25 is all I get? I mean, ice hockey does start up again soon. And that means possible broken bones, hematomas, concussions or even deep lacerations. No wonder the ladies dig us hockey players.
But I must see it through. I’ve come this far, gotta finish. I mean, look at some other things that just wouldn’t have been the same if someone had decided halfway was good enough. I’ve come up with twelve.
12. The United States: The country would look pretty small if we’d stopped after admitting the first 25 states. On June 15, 1836, Arkansas was admitted. That leaves just three states west of the Mississippi River and no West Virginia. Good thing they kept going, we all know the Pacific Coast is way better than the Atlantic.