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A Few Things Along the Way

Safely back home now, I can look back on a wonderful trip. When traveling over 7,000 miles, one is bound to come across some interesting places and sights to see. The great American Southwest offers beautiful scenery at every turn in the road.

Even the rest areas styles are unique and many offer stunning views of the landscape.

Texas Canyon Rest Area on I-10 eastbound.
El Capitan from a scenic roadside lookout near Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Rest Area near Anthony, Arizona, offering individual covered stations with picnic tables and views of beautiful mountains in the distance.

A rest area just outside of Roswell, New Mexico, provided this reminder of the Cold War that raged between Russia and the United States years ago.

Do you Baby Boomers remember practicing “Duck and Cover” exercises during grade school? Looking back now, how silly was that? Those old school desks wouldn’t provide much shelter from a Russian missile delivering an atomic warhead!

On a lighter side, occasionally you run into something that is beyond description. Take this photo in downtown Quartzsite, for example:

A real business name? A joke? The name of a restaurant? Your guess is as good as mine.
Looking back at this snow-capped peak near Tularosa, New Mexico, it is hard to imagine we had just skirted around that mountain on our journey home.

Even behind city hall in Quartzsite, you could find something interesting like this 1,010-year-old Ironwood tree! Amazing!

A helpful volunteer at the Illinois Welcome Center Rest Area suggested we stop in Casey. It seems the little town has eleven “world’s largest” items registered and verified in the Guinness Book of World Records. Who would have thought?

Largest mailbox
Largest chair
Largest golf tee

You just never know what you may come across on a journey cross-country. Like the billboard I saw while shooting across Oklahoma, suggesting a visit to the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka. At first I thought, “it’ll probably be an ill-kept, tiny building without much to see”. Well, shame on me; thankfully, I put that thought aside and went anyway. I spent well over an hour at this beautiful history-filled tribute to the Seminole People, their culture and history. Learn more at their website.

This morning, I was brought back to reality with a couple inches of snow and temperature in the twenties. Thankfully, Spring is just a few weeks away and the locks at Sault Saint Marie will reopen on March 15th, ushering in another shipping season on the Great Lakes. I can’t wait to get back up there to see those huge freighters moving up and down the waterways.

5 comments on “A Few Things Along the Way

  1. Mel says:

    So glad you had a good time. Can’t wait to hear more about it…maybe while eating a Clyde burger at Rotary Park watching those lakers. 😘


    1. That would be perfect!


  2. I’m very happy that you had a safe an enjoyable journey! Thank you for the informative blog posts; it was fun to follow along and get a sense for the fun adventure you were able to enjoy.


  3. Linda says:

    Love your pictures. Sounds like you enjoyed your trip.


    1. It was a fantastic trip. I do love the southwest.


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