We are South Dakota residents! That’s right… we have a local address and mail forwarding service there now, valid driver’s licenses, SD license plates for our vehicles [Charly because Charley was taken just four days because we got there :( ] and we will go on this two-year road trip as a South Dakota couple!
There are several advantages to having residency in SD, including the fact this state really caters to “full-timers” like us. They made the process of becoming residents very smooth, so we flew to Sioux Falls on a Tuesday, and then flew home Wednesday as registered voters and with SD driver’s licenses in our wallets. Never in a million years did I think I’d be saying “I’m from South Dakota,” but then again, I never saw myself living for two years in a 30-foot RV driving around the country! Did I mention there are tax advantages to living here, too………?
Today we got the brilliant idea that we were going to travel to all four “Extreme Points” of the United States while we’re Out There on our two-year road-trip. We got the idea because we are in Key West, and we got our photo taken next to the buoy marking the southernmost point in the US. So far, so good; three more places to go….
As we thought this goal through a little bit, we decided we needed to change the parameters slightly – we would limit our trekking to the contiguous 48 states in the US because we figured there’d be some place way at the tippy top part of Alaska above the Arctic Circle that we couldn’t get to without sled dogs or a private plane. [Not that we’re opposed to a sled dog trip, but the expense may be a bit prohibitive!] So there – goal more defined and more reasonably attained: contiguous US.
So here are the four points to which we will journey in our quest to travel to these Extremes:
- NORTH: Northwest Angle Inlet in Lake of the Woods, Minnesota
- SOUTH: Key West, Florida
- EAST: West Quoddy Head, Maine
- WEST: Cape Alava, Washington
As listed in Wikipedia, there are many other ways to define the most extreme place. For example, “southernmost” – Western Dry Rocks, Florida in the Florida Keys is the “southernmost point in the 48 contiguous states occasionally above water at low tide.” Forget that; we need to keep this sane!
So here we go — one Extreme down (photo above); we’ll hit Northwest Angle Inlet this July (2014), West Quoddy Head in September, and Cape Alava sometime in late spring 2015.