IN EVERY Zach, Zoey and Pilot book, the twins and their trusty canine companion inevitably embark on a fantastical journey to real places both near and far from their home just outside New York City. The inspiration for all of ZZP’s adventures, though, come from actual treks make by yours truly, who started traveling at a relatively early age and has had wanderlust in his heart ever since.
During my lifetime of traversing this nation (as well as making frequent exotic jaunts much farther afield), I’ve managed to visit 38 U.S. states. My goal, of course, is to see all 50 — an ambition I suspect Zach, Zoey and Pilot will share in the future.
The United States is a remarkably diverse place, both geographically and culturally. And while international locales often appear more romantic and picturesque, the U.S. offers plenty of its own unique charms, from world capitals such as New York and San Francisco to nameless one-street towns seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
The cultural differences you’ll find throughout the country can of course be traced directly to the fact that what we know today as the United States was under the control of myriad European colonial powers (the Dutch, English, French and Spanish), as well as indigenous nations, all of which left an indelible impression on their respective regions.
Topographically and environmentally, too, the states are extraordinarily varied, from the tropics of Hawaii to eastern California’s Mojave and Arizona’s Sonora deserts; Colorado’s Rocky Mountain range to the Louisiana bayous and Florida Everglades; and on and on until you reach the concrete jungle of Manhattan. Few countries can boast such a variety of climates and peoples. To see it all is no small task.
So in the company of Mrs. Sig and our 6-year-old daughter, Dashiell Eden (a.k.a. Dash), armed with a brand-new Hasselblad Stellar in a jam-packed car, I’m spending two weeks driving from New York City to Los Angeles along a northern route less traveled — mostly Interstate 90, a highway I’ve never driven before. In doing so, we’ll go through six states I’ve never visited. By the time we get to L.A., I’ll have just six more to go.
Please come along and share this adventure with all of us before I share it with Zach, Zoey and Pilot! See you on the road…
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