These are some of the states in the U.S. of A. whose license plates I noticed while traveling to Kansas City last week to attend my niece's graduation. Realizing I was keeping a mental tally of the states (even alphabetizing them!), jolted me back to the hours/days I spent in the back seat of the family car with my sister when we made the move to a new air base. I imagine everyone, children especially, who have had to pass the time traveling that same way have played the license plate game. If the trip involved crossing through several states (and our car trips never had a shortage of mileage), that comprise the 3.79 million square miles of the United States of America, then chances are you'd end up with a complete list, Alabama to Wyoming.
Playing this game, no matter how long or short the drive, in town or on highways, kept my son and daughter occupied and out of each other's back seat space. It was vital for my sanity and happiness behind the wheel to have an excursion devoid of such vehement outbursts as, "Mom! He's touching me!" or "Mom! Her feet are on my side!!" Whoever chalked up the highest number of license plates, capitals and presidential homelands was the winner and the winner got to choose what game we'd play next AND a favorite snack.
This game earns a gold star from me. It's not as boring as the What Animals Do You See In The Clouds? game (not to mention safer for the occupants of a car since its driver should have eyes on the road at all times, not looking for dinosaur, mermaid or rhinocerous-shaped clouds), and it lasts longer than the one that uses billboards to find all 26 letters of our alphabet. Although finding a Z could prolong that game for many miles.
When you were a child did you play the license plate game? Were there other games you played while traveling that you liked? Or still do?
Four presidents were born in this state: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush.