17. New Jersey

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Our one-day trip to New Jersey was quick (if you don’t count the three-hour drive each way!) and we’re making plans to come back in the summer. But Matt did manage to run the Princeton track and we visited Icarus Brewing and I kicked his butt at Battleship.

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Our whole trip was to visit my beautiful cousin, Katy, who is due soon with her miracle baby girl! What a great day to visit family. We’ll be back soon, New Jersey!

 

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9. West Virginia

 

wv1This was a quick trip through on our way to my mom’s house in PA. We’ll need to spend more time there when it gets warm, because there are a lot of gorgeous places to hike. Fitting, though, that our first hike here together was at a place where I went every year with my family as a kid — Cooper’s Rock. I have so many great memories there with my Dad! West Virginia is definitely a place we’ll be going back to as the weather warms up.

 

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8. Delaware

 

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I’ve wanted to visit Dogfish Head Brewery since college, and we finally made it their with Matt’s parents! They came to visit us in October of 2016 and we took the 2-hour drive to see the Atlantic Ocean. We stopped in Ocean City first then drove north to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

 

 

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It was late in the season, so there wasn’t much going on or many people on the beach. Matt’s mom fell in a pretty big wave and got soaking wet! (I hope you don’t mind me sharing, Matt told me to!)

 

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Then, we went over to the brewery in Milton and played some bocce and tried some beers. Overall, a great time! I’m glad this place is so close to where we live.

 

7. Virginia

Our first trip to Vermont was a hiking trip as a surprise for Matt’s birthday. I gave him a bunch of clues, but didn’t tell him where we were going until the morning of, when we were already on the road! Virginia, specifically the Blue Ridge Mountains, are beautiful.

The whole trip cost us about $250 for three days, including two nights in a cabin and gas. We brought all our own food, which was part of the reason I booked a cabin with a kitchen!

My favorite part was Lake Moomaw! The best part, though, was on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trail. We thought we could get to the overlook about a mile away before sunset… and that didn’t happen. It got dark REALLY fast and we had seen signs warning us of bears all over the place! So we started SINGING to keep them away! Using my phone as a flashlight, we sang in the dark for a full mile back to the car. Terrifying… but hilarious.

Here’s our video:

 

 

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5. Pennsylvania

 

thumb_img_4621_1024I’m from Pennsylvania, so we’ve visited my family plenty since we moved back to the east coast. Our first big trip, we went to a Pirate’s game in Pittsburgh. It was about a zillion degrees, but we had a great time! We have yet to hike in PA, but I expect that will be coming this spring! There’s lots to do in the Poconos area, but we want to go when the waterfalls are movin’!

 

Around Christmastime in 2016, we spent the whole day in the ‘Burgh. We saw the PPG Place skating rink, Santas from around the world, and went to a bunch of breweries. Penn Brewery was our favorite!! We also stopped at Church Brew Works before hopping over to the Phipps Conservatory to see their holiday display.

We’ve since visited Philly (Liberty Bell!!) and have been back to Pittsburgh many times. Comment if you need tips on things to do or place to see!!

 

 

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4. Maryland

 

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Maryland is where we currently live, so technically we visit it together EVERY DAY! But our first trip here was memorable. We had two days to find a place to live and navigate Baltimore, a place we hadn’t really ever been. It was mayhem and drivers here are crazy (and never use turn signals)!

To the right is one of our first pictures in Maryland, on top of Federal Hill in Baltimore!

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We’ve had lots of opportunity to explore the state together. We’re really into hiking and get outdoors any time we can.  My favorite hike (so far) was Annapolis Rock outside of Frederick. It was a little more than 6 miles round trip (tough for our tiny dog), but WHAT A VIEW!

 

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50 First States: An Introduction

Welcome to our blog!

IMG_5466.jpg We are Devin and Matt: a Pittsburgh transplant and a displaced Minnesotan, respectively. Right now, we live on the East Coast and together, we love four things:

  1. Tracks
  2. Breweries
  3. Hiking
  4. Exploring new cities

Matt, a recovering track star, started a goal of running every track in the state of Minnesota right around the time we met. He made it to 233 before we moved.

Conveniently, before I met Matt, I was on a mission to visit every brewery I could! (Much less healthy, arguably more fun). I made it to 21 unique breweries in Minnesota.

Now that we’re together and living in a more travel-friendly area of the U.S., we’ve decided to visit all 50 states together.

There’s one catch: we are CHEAP people.  

Follow our adventures as we seek the best hikes and the best tastes in every state — on a serious budget!