SPOILER!: Cover Art for Book 2 – Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions

Big Cabin, OK

My second book – Less Beaten Paths of America: Offbeat and Quirky Roadside Attractions is currently being worked on.  My hope is to have it published by March 30, but to also make it available for PRE-ORDER at a reduced rate by the 10th of February and run that special through mid-March.  Like the first book, this will also be available for Kindle.  Unlike the first book, Volume Two will be chock full of COLOR photos from all over the U.S. and Canada and will include my fun stories about the dozens of quirky attractions I feature in the book.  It will definitely be a fun read!!

GET BOOK ONE HERE IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT

 

The cover for the new book has just been completed.  Once again, this was nicely done by my good friend Antsy McClain.  The original photography is mine with some cute edits by my pal Doug Kirby, one of the founders of RoadsideAmerica.com, and a talented photo manipulator!!

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Quirky Roadtripper Haven: Paradise Point Market Place, Scottsville, KY

From one hot dog to another…

During the break between Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 I took some of my family down to Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, KY. It was a wonderful time relaxing and going out around the lake and surrounding area looking at sunrises, sunsets and chasing down sandhill cranes, which have migrated in for the winter.

They put the FUN in Funky!
The Junk Truck at Paradise Point

While there, we came across a fun little spot on US 31E, heading towards Scottsville, KY.  During the winter, the place is closed, except on weekends, and I first saw it on a Thursday and HAD to stop for a few photos as it is right down my quirky little alley.

Paradise Point Market Place store front
Paradise Point Market Place as seen from the end of the parking lot.

Called Paradise Point Market Place, it sits off the highway and on the edge of a funky little trailer park.  Their building was surrounding by all sorts of quirky junk, old cars with signs, and more.  I had to walk around and snap shots of all of the stuff.  These folks really put the FUN in Funky! Meandering around the place we saw a car painted with happiness.  There were little signs here and there, some junk and various other things.  It was really something!

The adjoining junk house
The Happiness Car
Better be hungry — the food is awesome
Its a Hot Dog Place
Don’t know what they call it… I call it the Eye Head
Barbie and Ken? Or aliens from planet orange?

After walking around we noticed something else fun across the street.  I think the photos speak for themselves!!

Nudist Colony Bus
Hang Out With Us All Winter sign
I had to get a selfie with this bus (notice the gas tank??)
Who needs a tiger in your tank when you can have a flamingo??
Sign on back of bus — CLASSIC!!
A stack of old records by the front door

After looking at the bus, I went back and checked out the front door and saw that they would be open for breakfast on the weekends in the winter, so I decided they would be in for another visit from us on Saturday (December 30) before we headed home.

Even around the front door there was enough eye candy to keep a quirky roadside blogger/photographer busy for quite a while.  But my Sweetie (see photo below) wanted to get back to the hotel and get warm.  It was quite cold out.  So, we snapped a couple more pictures and were on our way back to the resort park.

I said she was my Sweetie — they just can’t spell!!
Assorted signs bowled me over
Now how’s this for a thermometer?
Eye Candy – I actually remember old soda coolers like this one (and even have a unique story to tell about them — ask me sometime)
Choose Happy!!!

So, Saturday morning came along, we checked out of the room and headed straight for Paradise Point.  I just had to check out the inside of the place and possibly even try out their purported amazing homemade breakfast.

I was Happy!!

Sumoflam and Sebrina Erskine of Paradise Point

When I first got in, I introduced myself to the gal behind the counter and let her know I was a travel blogger and had to check it out.  She introduced herself as Sebrina and then went on to tell me a bit about the place and made sure we knew about the GOOD food!   She then went on to introduce me to her husband John…who looked EXACTLY how I assumed the proprietor of a place like this would appear!!

Hanging with John Erskine — not only a unique artist, but apparently one of the best chiropractors in Bowling Green

I told John more about what I do since Sebrina was busy doling out her beautiful breakfast.  Told him about my blog, my new book (have you gotten one yet??), and he asked me to put my blog info on a postcard that had an Airstream trailer on it.  That led me to chuckle and mention that I was also the web guy for Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours.  To both my delight and amazement, not only had he heard of them, but he had a couple of CDs!!!

Amazing food — even better than reported!

So, I walked around the place and took a few photos before settling down to a wonderful breakfast burrito, homemade biscuits and gravy (Dr. John’s Biscuits and Gravy) and a knock-em-dead cheesy hash brown casserole — potatoes, sour cream, cheese and topped with Sugar Frosted Flakes!!!

The shop favorite is always Dr. John’s version of biscuits and gravy. He starts with Steenbergen’s fresh pork sausage and well, the rest is his secret!   They make it all in advance and when it’s gone, it’s gone…

Owners John and Sebrina Erskine — they ooze with Happy!!

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed with breakfast and thrilled to meet John and Sebrina who epitomize happiness.  And then there was the market place!!!

One view of the market place with their unique variety of gifts and goodies
Another view of the shop

They carry the usual kinds of “gift shop” types of things in the shop — you know, little towels with sayings, signs, coffee cups, trinkets.  They also have a variety of offbeat and quirky…maybe even close to gag items. Walking around looking at the various and sundry items was enthralling…really, it was!

Breath Sprays for every occasion — really!!
Understand Your Mother Breath Spray
Understand Your Dog Breath Spray
Go This Way — I need one of these!!
Choose Happy — Again!
Salt and Pepper Shaker

Their son was working the register and was as friendly as his folks.  But what caught my was the odd collection on the shelves behind him…

Fun Stuff
Weird PeeWee Herman dolls
Monsters of various kinds??
Authentic Tchotchke (go ahead — look it up!)
Misc. Bobbleheads. The one on the left reminds me of Antsy McClain (kinda)

I really could have spent hours documenting and taking photographs, but some of the others in my party wanted to get on the road and head home.  With tummies full and eyes bulging, we left.  But I grabbed a few last shots…

Had to do the required stick face in hole and get a photo (with daughter Chelsea and granddaughter Autumn)
Two Heads are better than one? Well….hmmmm
Oh yes…what a shame
Special Delivery
Relax — Its only collectible junk!
Welcome to Paradise Point
John and Sebrina Erskine

Needless to say, we had a fantastic visit at Paradise Point.  John and Sebrina are great hosts and some of the happiest folks you may never meet (unless of course you make your way to southern Kentucky to visit them!!  Be nice when you do or you may be ushered out….

 

Paradise Point
Be Nice…or Leave. How can you NOT be nice at this place?
No…it may look like junk, but don’t let that fool you.

 

 

 

 

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Sumoflam’s 2017 Travels in Review

Sunrise in Ocean City, MD on New Year’s Day 2017

On January 1, 2017 I sat on a beach in Ocean City, Maryland to watch a spectacular sunrise and pondered to myself about the opportunities I would have to travel throughout the year. Little did I really know the extent that I would actually travel over the year and I’m grateful that I’ve had a wonderful year of seeing more of this beautiful country.

 

Oddville, Kentucky

Beginning with that glorious morning in Maryland, over the course of the year I have driven nearly 15,000 miles on road trips, many to visit family or be with family, but all of the trips have been wonderful. Some have been close by doing what I refer to as “staycation“ trips in Kentucky. But, throughout the course of the year I have been to 19 different states and have seen a plethora of places and things. Many of the trips included time with my wife, my children and my grandchildren. That makes things so much better and enjoyable!

Welcome to Louisiana with some of my grandchildren
All the family gathered at my sister’s Mayfield Smoke Shop in Little Italy, Cleveland

In July we had a family reunion. It was the first in five years and all of my 10 grandchildren and all my five children were here at one time or another and even my sister and her husband and daughter came up to visit. During that time we also visited my extended family in Cleveland, Ohio. So, travel was not the only joyful thing. Family is the best.

The following photos tell just a small story of the past year.  I have already posted some of the things in more detail and have five or six others in the works about specific places.  But here are just some of the places and things form this past year. ENJOY THE RIDE!

Giant Pepsi Pop Bottle Cap in Johnson City, TN
Huge snowman in Lewisburg, WV
Welcome to Hopkinsville, KY for the Solar Eclipse
Chunky, Mississippi
Ran into a HUGE flock of migrating snow geese in central Arkansas
West, Texas
The swamp of Caddo Lake near Uncertain, TX
The Gator Chateau in Jennings, LA
A place called Gnaw Bone in Indiana
Chicago LIVE in Cincinnati. First time I had seen them in over 40 years
Giant Indian Chief “Standing Brave” in Big Cabin, OK
Duck Commander HQ, home of Duck Dynasty in West Monroe, LA
West Virginia’s Capitol Building in Charleston, WV
One of over 50 waterfals in Watkins Glen State Park, NY
Tallest wall mural in US “Once in a Millenium Moon” is 14 stories tall…in Shreveport, LA
Chief Wacinton in Paducah, KY was one of three Peter Toth Whispering Giants I visited this year.
Forest, Mississippi Fire Department
The New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia
Pittsburgh, PA at night
Chief Little Owl, one of three Peter Toth Whispering Giants. This one is in Bethany Beach, Delaware
King’s Island Amusement Park north of Cincinnati, OH
Village of Story, IN
Post Office in Happy, KY
The Shack Burger Resort – amazingly quirky and fun – in Cypress, TX
Caught the Sand Hill Migration in early January near Cecilia, KY
The Indian River Inlet Bridge between Maryland and Delaware
The Happy Bible Church in Happy, KY
A section of the Virginia Creeper Trail near Damascus, VA
Big Monster at Big Mike’s Rock shop near Cave City, KY
Genesee Falls at Letchworth State Park, near Castile, New York
The Inlet Indian, dedicated to the Assateague tribe, is in Ocean City, MD and is one of three of Peter Toth’s Whispering Giants visited in 2017
Capitol Building in Indianapolis, IN
Big Stone Gap, VA
Pal’s Sudden Service in Bristol, TN
Found a Canadian in Oklahoma
The CastlePost Castle near Versailles, KY
Found a nice beach on Lake Erie… Presque Isle State Park
Big Paul Bunyan in Nitro, WV
Hanging with Grandkids at Wigwam Village in Cave City, KY
The “diamond ring” effect begins as seen from Hopkinsville, KY
Large Saturn Rocket at Welcome Center in Elkmont, Alabama
Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez, MS
Historic Downtown Cairo, IL
Fall Colors over the Red River Gorge in Kentucky
Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, TX (Home of the TV Show Fixer Upper)
We slept in Wigwam Village in Cave City, KY
Cathedral Falls in Gauley Bridge, WV
Deer at sunrise in Shenandoah National Park on Easter Morning 2017
Bald Eagle shot taken in mid April 2017 near Cave Run Lake, KY
A place called Donkey in Virginia
Waveland State Historic Park in Lexington, KY
Superman central in Metropolis, IL
Welcome to Missouri
The Hobbit Hole – a unique and quirky shop in Fayetteville, WV
Pop’s BBQ in Morehead, KY
Says it all – Cleveland, OH
Bob Evans Farm HQ – New Albany, OH
Louisville Bridges
Welcome Sign in Indianapolis
Easter Sunrise as seen from Shenandoah National Park

 

 

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