The rule for this Very Valid Sub-Quest (VVSQ) is I only need to swim one pool per state in order to conquer it. It’s that simple. (Even you can grasp that, can’t you?) Click the map above and you’ll be taken to a dazzling Google Map where you can see each pool with a snapshot of me. Yes, you’ve stumbled upon something truly special here (best to cancel your evening plans). If you’re wondering why New York City is so hectic with the blue dolphins, well, we lived there for two years.
The states (in conquered order) are:
2. New York
3. New Jersey
4. District of Columbia (not a State as such, but also not part of Maryland)
10. South Dakota
18. Rhode Island
23. South Carolina
I may well be over half way to conquering all 50 states (plus DC) however, as I no longer live in the US, those last 21 states are going to prove difficult to tick off. I don’t use the term irksome much, but there’s no other word for it. It’s exceedingly irksome I never got to Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas.
I have a dream, though.
One day, the conquered western states will link up with the conquered eastern states (and the northern with the southern, too) and a great blue tide will flow across the land.
Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas: you are in my sights.