One of my earliest memories is riding the train from Illinois to Montana in 1987. I don't remember much about the train ride itself except for meeting another girl and drawing maps of states with her.
(How easy it is to meet girls on trains when you're six years old.)
As you can see, drawing states freehand from memory -- especially those with rivers or the Bitterroot Range for borders -- isn't so easy. The senator from Wyoming had it easy.
Found via All Things Maine.