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.
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.
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.
During the month of April I participated with nearly 2000 other bloggers worldwide in the “Blogging from A to Z Challenge” which is now in its 7th year. This was my second year to participate and this year’s theme for my series was “Wanderlust.” As a “Travelographer,” my posts tend to be photo heavy. I travel and take loads of photos. This is my way of sharing the wonders of the back roads of America.
Following are links to the complete A to Z set. Just click on the banner for each and letter and enjoy the posts and the photos. I hope all readers will Enjoy the Ride as much as I have enjoyed sharing it!
I am a zealous traveler. I travel passion and with all the gusto I can. A roadtrip with me can be grueling, but it is always fun. Indeed, I travel with the intent of creating many good memories. Many call me a Road Warrior. Well, I love that term. I travel with zeal.
When on roadtrips, I like to be up with the sun and travel until the sun goes down. I stop for the night wherever I am at sundown…I can’t take many pictures at night now can I?
In my zealous travels, I have visited all 50 states and a few Canadian Provinces. I have at least one photo of me in almost all of them…a few exceptions where I traveled to those places years ago and the photos either were lost or were never taken (Nevada, Rhode Island, Massachusetts…at least). But in recent years, I have become the “Shamelessly Self-Proclaimed Selfie King” and have tried to record my travels digitally, and include selfies along the way.
Without further adieu, following are selfies/photos of me in every state and Canadian Province I have visited (where I have photos). I have throw some “Road Warrior” and “Traveling with Zeal” pics in along the way for fun.
Well…I used to have a photo of me hitting a golf ball at Mililani Golf Course in Honolulu. Can’t find it…..
KENTUCKY – My Home Sweet Home since 1993
MASSACHUSETTS – I last visited Massachusetts in 1990 on a trip to Boston. Photos were taken, but got long lost….
MONTANA – Lived in this wonderful state from 1970-1973
NEVADA – I have visited a few times but don’t think I ever got any photos. Oh well.
OHIO – I was born in Little Italy in Cleveland. Home sweet home.
RHODE ISLAND – Only visited once way back in 1988. No photos. Actually drove through. Need to stop again!!
UTAH – Graduated High School in Murray, UT in 1974