The 2018 Blogging A to Z Challenge – My Reflections #atozchallenge

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Well folks, I was a few days late completing the April Blogging Challenge, but I got it done!!  I submitted my Z post on May 5!

As always, this was BOTH a challenge and a load of fun. But I spent a good deal of April traveling across the country, an appropriate thing for a travel writer and blogger.

This was my third year to participate in the challenge and was by far the most “challenging” to complete due to my harried April schedule. But, it was gratifying to share the world of travel with everyone as I posted some of the offbeat, quirky and out of the way places and things I have visited over the years.

Finding Uncertainty in Uncertain, TX

Overall, I didn’t get tons of additional traffic as a result, but i did get many new blog followers, a few of whom even made some fun comments or noted that they had been or had not been to particular places.

The other good part of this challenge is getting an opportunity to see the grand variety of blogs that are out there and visit some of the 100s of participating blogs.  The past month didn’t allow me much time to get to them, but I look forward to taking a “road trip” on the interweb to visit many of the diverse blogs, leave comments and enlighten my mind.

Skeleton Walking Dinosaur near Murdo, SD

During the course of this past April, I posted photos of close to 400 places or things from my travels.  At the same time, I drive nearly 6000 mile across the country and back and added dozens more unique places to my collection of the unique and quirky and offbeat on the backroads of America.  For those new to following my Less Beaten Paths of America blog, I hope you’ll check on my future posts about the amazing April 2018 road trip through 14 states across deserts, high plains, mountains and more.

ENJOY THE RIDE!  CHOOSE HAPPY!

If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon.  My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, is currently being worked on and I hope to make it available in late May or early June 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.

Books 1 & 2

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A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The Z Things #AtoZChallenge

In 2018 I  will feature a random (yet alphabetical) selection of photos I have taken from my nearly 20 years of back roads travel in the United States and Canada.  I may even throw in a few random shots from other trips to Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. My theme is called America’s Back Roads: A Grab Bag of Places in Pictures.

 

Zigzag, Oregon

Zigzag Mountain Cafe & Store – ZigZag, Oregon
Zigzag Ranger Station – Zigzag, Oregon
Zigzag Inn – ZigZag OR

Zorra, Ontario

Zorra, Ontario, home of the Embro Highland Games

Zurich, Montana

Zurich, Montana – a small dot on the Hi-Line
Old wooden elevator in Zurich, Montana. One of the few buildings there.
One of many old deserted buildings in Zurich, Montana

Zanesville, Ohio

Zanesville, Ohio home of the Y Bridge
Korean War Memorial in Zanesville, OH… hundreds of real helmets
Sumoflam with the War Memorial

Zesto Ice Cream Neon Signs – Omaha, Nebraska

Zesto – near the zoo in Omaha, Nebraska
Another Zesto in downtown Omaha, Nebraska

Zelienople, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Zelienople-Harmony, PA
Farm near Zelienople, PA on I-79

If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon.  My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, will be available in late April or early May 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.

Books 1 & 2

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A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The Y Things #AtoZChallenge

In 2018 I  will feature a random (yet alphabetical) selection of photos I have taken from my nearly 20 years of back roads travel in the United States and Canada.  I may even throw in a few random shots from other trips to Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. My theme is called America’s Back Roads: A Grab Bag of Places in Pictures.

 

Yellowstone National Park – West Yellowstone, Montana ; Gardiner, Montana

Visiting Yellowstone National Park in 2014
The Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park
The mountains and the Yellowstone River as seen from US 89
Bison grazing in Yellowstone Park along the Yellowstone River
Upper Falls of Yellowstone River from Artist’s Point

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop – Seattle, Washington

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is a must see stop for the lovers of the offbeat and quirky
This guy greets you at the door at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
Visiting Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the waterfront in Seattle
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle

Young’s Jersey Dairy – Yellow Springs, Ohio

We stopped at Young’s Dairy for some fresh ice cream on this hot day

York Water Tower – York, Nebraska

York, Nebraska Water Tower

Y-Bridge – Zanesville, Ohio

Y-Bridge – Zanesville, OH
The Y Bridge of Zanesville (from a Muskingham County Air Photo)

Yoder’s General Store – Crab Orchard, Kentucky

Yoder’s General Store – Crab Orchard, KY
Amish Buggies parked at Yoder’s

“Y” City, Arkansas

“Y” City, Arkansas
Y City VFD
Y? I don’t know…. And I forgot my BYU hat to wear

Yampa, Colorado

Yampa, Colorado
Old Hotel/Bar in Yampa, CO
Sunset in Yampa, CO – looking at the Flattops

Yellow Brick Road – Dayton, Ohio

There is a Yellow Brick Road in Ohio
The Yellow Brick Road near Dayton, OH

Yellow Brick Road – Curtis Orchards – Champaign, Illinois

Granddaughter Lyla follows in the footsteps of her cousin Autumn by following the Yellow Brick Road Champaign, IL
Follow the brown wood sign…and look at the Yellow Brick Road mural

Yellville, Arkansas

Welcome to Yellville, Arkansas
Yellville City Hall, Arkansas

Yummy House Chinese – Idaho Falls, Idaho

Yummy House Chinese – Idaho Falls, Idaho

If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon.  My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, will be available in late April or early May 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.

Books 1 & 2

 

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