Sorry, I’m running a little late here . . .
Sighted in July: Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington (state), Louisiana, New Mexico, and Idaho.
The first three were later-than-usual sightings. Louisiana can be tricky, and for some reason I saw several Arizonas before New Mexico showed up.
Stuck in traffic going into Vineyard Haven one day — well, not exactly stuck; probably creeping is the better word — I got all excited because I was right behind Utah. When I got home, I realized I’d spotted Utah in June. My brain is fried. It’s August, and the weather has been swamplike for over a week.
Hope to catch some of the missing states in August, because after August the pickin’s are mighty slim.
Oh, the map is shrinking, Susanna. I agree with your response to KC. Distance plays a huge factor for travelers who have less means.
About those folks who don’t seem to show up in your state…too poor? Or too content, I wonder?
My theory is that the frequency of sightings on Martha’s Vineyard depends on three things: the state’s population, its distance from Massachusetts, and the state’s relative affluence. California, very distant but very big and relatively affluent, is common. West Virginia, much closer but also smaller and poorer, is pretty rare. Most of those hard-to-get states are relatively distant and have relatively small populations and relatively low per-capita incomes, like Mississippi and North Dakota.
Always fun to find out who you see.