At 5-month-old of age, most babies are usually crawling, making sounds and crying (lots of it).
But Harper Yeats has joined the All Fifty States Club! Yes, she is the youngest known person to have achieved this.
According to CBS News, Harper’s parents, Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats, decided to turn their paternal leave into an adventure road trip in the United States, as a means to bond with their newest family member. They packed their bags in June and started their trip by first visiting Maine. Harper was eight weeks old at the time.
The couple planned to visit 31 states in this trip, as they had already been to 19 states previously.
“We didn’t set out on this trip trying to set a record,” Lim said. “We always had a shared personal goal of visiting all 50 states before Harper came along.”
During their road trip, they learned about the All Fifty States Club website, according to which the current record-holder visited all the states before age 3. That’s when the idea struck them. They realized that if they took Harper to all 50 states, she would break the record and become the youngest known person to achieve that feat.
Their adventure road trip of bonding went from visiting 31 states to starting all over again and taking Harper to all 50 states.
“We always agreed that if at any time Harper wasn’t coping with the travel, we would just go home. Fortunately, however, things have been going really well and we are all having a great time together,” Lim said.
The family stayed in home rentals as they drove across the country, and flew to Alaska and Hawaii. Every stop came with a cute little photograph of Harper with the state’s welcome sign posted on Instagram.
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👋🏼 Hello from Alaska! ••• Check out this awesome state sign alternative we found in Anchorage AK. It’s a mural painted by @greetingstour, who are on their own 50 states journey. Swipe → to see the only other state sign we could find (at Anchorage Airport) 😬 I think it’s safe to say the mural is way cooler ! •• Hi, I’m Harper! I’m 21 weeks old and am on an epic trip around the USA. My family is trying to visit all 50 states before the end of the year, which could make me the youngest person to do it. Check out my story on the Daily Advertiser (#linkinbio) and then I hope you’ll click that follow button to join my adventure! ≫ 17 states to go #harper50states // @harper.yeats @uplateblog // #hmsyeats #babyyeats #uplatefamily // #alaska #anchorage #travelalaska #thealaskalife #visitanchorage @visitanchorage @travelalaska @thealaskalife // #candidchildhood #magicofchildhood #mytinymoments #ourtreasuredmoments #childhoodunplugged #mybeautifulmess #humansofjoy #photosinbetween #thisjoyfulmoment #momswithcameras #watchthemgrow #teammotherly #kidswhoexplore #thehappynow #justbaby #throughachildseyes
As fun as the trip was, it was also pretty challenging for the family. Even though Harper is a very happy and outgoing baby, it was necessary to schedule breaks at the right times so that the little one does not get over-stressed.
The photographs and videos taken through the trip will help Harper remember the one importantly adventurous trip of her life (thanks to her parents).
“We hope she will feel very loved. We hope that she will see that we took a chance and did something despite how hard everyone told us it would be, and that this knowledge will give her confidence that she can do anything she puts her mind to,” her mother said.
Harper’s record has also made it into the applications for the Guinness World Records.
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👋🏼 Hello from Vermont! ••• This is my final state sign photo – I’ve officially made it to all 50 states, and all before I turned 6 months old! I had a great time celebrating with my family in Montpelier and Burlington VT. My mummy, daddy and me are so grateful for all the wonderful people who came out to meet us there! My family also wants to give a very special thank you to @carolinebright who helped us organise all of our Vermont activities and gave us a special tour of the State House ❤️ ••• Hi, I’m Harper! I’m 6 months old and have officially finished my epic trip around the USA. I visited all 50 states, potentially making me the youngest person to do it. Thank you for being a part of my adventure ≫ 0 states to go #harper50states // @harper.yeats @uplateblog // #hmsyeats #babyyeats #uplatefamily // #vermont #thisisvt #travelvermont #seevermont #onlyinvermont @vermonttourism @travelvermont @vermontonly