Orange Is In

I was looking at a map of the United States and was struck by the number of towns and counties with an orange in their names. There are more than 20! And there are oranges in unlikely places.

There is an Orange Beach in Alabama. I have never seen a truly orange beach, so maybe I should go there. The Alabama orange beach is just east of Gulf Shores, a destination Ruth & I used to love but we didn’t know about this town of 5,000 people nearby.

California has the largest community named Orange, which doesn’t surprise me. This state still grows a lot of oranges. Riverside, for example, used to be known for it orange trees. The California city of Orange has about 137,000 people, and there’s a county called Orange in California too. It’s actually rather famous as is Anaheim, which is also in Orange County so Disneyland is in Orange County. But there are also towns named Orange Cove and Orange Park Acres in California. Orangevale is a large suburb of Sacramento.

Connecticut isn’t the only unlikely state with a town named Orange. Orange, CT is a town of 14,000 and a suburb of New Haven. Other unlikely states with Oranges are Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Massachusetts. But then again Ohio and Illinois each have so many towns that any name is possible. Would an orange tree actually grow in Massachusetts?

I can see oranges growing in Orangeville, Utah. There’s an Orangeburg in little Rhode Island, another unlikely state with an orange town. Maybe most of the houses there are orange in color and the fruit is not the issue.

Orange, NJ is a fairly large town of 33,000. There is also an East Orange and a West Orange. West Orange is actually larger than Orange itself. There is also an Orange Lake in its neighbor New York. That I have to see.

There’s an Orange and also an Orange County In Texas. Florida is perhaps the state with the most Oranges, which should surprise no one. In Florida there’s an Orange City, an Orange Park, and an Orangetree. There’s also a Fruitville, a Plant City, and a Citrus Park.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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