Everywhere a Sign – Some M Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them. )

There are many road signs and store front signs to be seen across this magnificent country.  The endlessly marvelous variety of signs and places always has me camera ready.  Here are some of the Many signs I found along the way, including some that say Many!  Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.

Many, Louisiana

Welcome to Many. Not just a few here!

I am always on the lookout for a unique town name and its associated signs.  I have found many of them but, in 2018, I found Many! Many is a town in Louisiana.  The town was named after Colonel James B. Many in 1843.  He was an officer stationed in nearby Fort Jesup.

Milton’s Honda Shop, Theodore, Alabama

Milton’s Honda Shop – unique sign
Milton’s Honda Shop – Unique Sign 2

I stop for car art wherever I travel.  I am always amused at how businesses use cars for advertising and also impressed by the use of cars in art project.  Recycling at its best.   Theodore, Alabama is on US Route 90 southwest of Mobile and on the way to Pascagoula, which was my destination on this particular day.  I saw the cars/signs and had to turn around the block to grab shots. The green Honda with an airplane tail was hilarious.  Milton’s Honda Shop advertises “All We Do is Hondas.”

Mount Hood Scenic Byway,  Government Camp, Oregon

Mount Hood Scenic Byway near Government Camp, Oregon

Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in Oregon, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway is a 105 mile stretch of highway running from Troutdale, Oregon, near Portland and on US Route 26 over and around Mt. Hood through Zigzag, Rhododendron, Government Camp and then back northwest to the Hood River Valley.  In the past I have driven most of this highway, but in 2018 I took US 26 to Government Camp and then continued Southwest to Madras and then on to Bend on US Route 97.   This drive is worthwhile any time of the year, unless you get stuck in a massive winter snow storm.

Mule Trading Post, Rolla, Missouri

Mule Trading Post, Route 66, Rolla, Missouri
Mule Trading Post, Rolla, Missouri

Missouri has a wonderful abundance of Route 66 kitsch.  One of the unique stops along the route is the Mule Trading Post in Rolla, Missouri.  It is home to a giant Hillbilly sign and the ship is filled with all sorts of Route 66 memorabilia as well as  a splendid variety of jerkies and meat sticks. Established in Rolla in 1957, it was one of the great stops along Route 66.  Though it has traded hands a few times, including a purchase by the current owners in early 2018, it is still a must stop if you are driving on Interstate 44 or Route 66 in Missouri.

Murray Cafe, Livingston, Montana

Murray Cafe Classic Neon sign in Livingston, Montana

Livingston, Montana is a classic old town loaded with old vintage neon signs.  I love driving through and feeling the nostalgia of neon.  One of the good ones is the Murray Cafe neon sign in downtown Livingston.  Neon lovers…there you go.

Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail, Biloxi, MIssissippi

Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail

You may all follow my blog because of my travel adventures, but you may not know that over the past decade, I have also become a birder…I photograph birds wherever I go in hopes of finding new ones.  Indeed, one good tern deserves another.  I found this sign in Biloxi, Mississippi and actually did some bird shots there.  But the actual Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail (MCBT) identifies and details over 40 sites that are used by local birders and are historically prime birding locations in the six southernmost counties of Mississippi.  This has to be on one of my next to do lists when I make a trip to Houston.

The Murray Theater, Murray, Utah

Murray Theater, Murray, Utah

I graduated high school from Murray High School in Murray, Utah in 1974.  I saw a number of movies at the Murray Theater back then.  Nowadays it is a business, but the classic neon sign still remains to beckon thoughts back to yesteryear.  It sits right there on State Street in downtown Murray, just south of Salt Lake City.

Like what you see here? Well, there is lots more!  I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!

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Everywhere a Sign – Some J Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them.  Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!)

It brings me great joy to travel the back roads of America as I jump from here to there with joviality in my heart.  So, here are some of the J signs I found in 2018. Enjoy the Read.  Enjoy the Ride.

John Day, Oregon

John Day, Oregon

I don’t often see names of towns named after a full name of a person.  John Day, Oregon is an exception.  John Day is located about 2 miles north of Canyon City in Grant County, Oregon, at the intersection of U.S. Routes 26 and 395. It was apparently named for the nearby John Day River, which had been named for Virginian member of the 1811 Astor Expedition, John Day.

Junkin’ Jinks Gypsy, Waurika, Oklahoma

Junkin Jinks Gypsy, Waurika, OK

I am always on the lookout for unique store fronts and store names.  This shop in Waurika, Oklahoma was a doozy.   I typically don’t take the time to check out the insides unless it is REALLY interesting.  This one I just got in passing.  Looks like it is a second hand store with various things in it.  Waurika, Oklahoma is a nice little community off of US Route 70 northeast of Wichita Falls, Texas and west of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Jody’s Restaurant, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Jody’s Restaurant, Tuscumbia, Alabama

I always try to give the local places some love on Road Trips.  Of course, just like taking a back road, visiting an unknown eatery is all about the adventure and the discovery.  Sometimes its good.  Sometimes its not.   I liked Jody’s because I could get breakfast 24/7.  I like breakfast food…if there is eggs and sausage and gravy and bacon…I’m in folks!  It is located in a truck stop in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  Tuscumbia is located off of US Route 72 near Muscle Shoals.

Jerry Strong Landing, Lacon, Illinois

Jerry Strong Landing on the Illinois River in Lacon, Illinois

I am also a sucker for colorful signs.  Sometimes the signs are just the dull green or blue road signs.  But, in this case, the community made it a point to have a colorful sign with the Illinois River as its backdrop.  LaconI went through Lacon, on IL Hwy 17, on my way to visit Hopewell, Illinois.  The small river community has a number of unique shops and there is a huge bridge that crosses over the Illinois River.

Judy’s Place, Devil’s Elbow, Missouri

Judy’s Place, Devil’s Elbow, Missouri on Route 66

Finally, there is one of the many roadside eateries/bars that can be found along Route 66.  This one is Judy’s Place, in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri (and for the life of me I couldn’t find a sign that said Devil’s Elbow!!).   They call it “a hometown bar that serves beer only.”

Like what you see here? Well, there is lots more!  I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!

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Everywhere a Sign – Some F Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them.  Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!)

I have a fabulous time on the road whenever I travel.  I find all sorts of fun things and places.  This post features a few F signs I came across in my 2018 travels.

Fairy, Texas

Fairy Baptist Church, Fairy, Texas. Didn’t know Fairies went to church nor that they were Baptist!
The Gate to the Fairy Cemetery in Fairy, Texas
Fairy Cemetery Historic Plaque
Fairy Cemetery Gate

Do fairies go to church?  Do they die and get buried.  I am assuming so since I found a Fairy Baptist Church and a Fairy Cemetery in a small community called Fairy, Texas.  I actually came across a road sign pointing to Fairy from the main highway US 281, while heading north to Hico, Texas.  It was about a five mile drive down a narrow TX Highway 219. The town was named for Fairy Fort, the daughter of Confederate Army captain Battle Fort, when the post office was established in 1884.  Though the population of Fairy reached over 150 people by the 1940s, and even had an operating Post Office, by the 21st century the population had dwindled to about 30. The Fairy Cemetery is a historic one and has a nice plaque.  Fairy is now considered a part of Hico.

Flippo’s Auction Gallery, Lexington, Alabama

Flippo’s Auction Gallery

Every so often I see a sign that I do a double-take and have to turn around to go get a picture.  Sometimes it is the look.  Sometimes it is just the name.  Flippo was too much fun for me.  Was he an unnamed Marx Brother?  (Remember that while in his pajamas Groucho saw an elephant?  He wondered what it was doing in his pajamas and reminded people that the tuscaloosa in Alabama.)

Five Points Road, Cleveland, Alabama

Five Points Road, Cleveland, Alabama

Five Points Road is a long road that connects to US Hwy 231 in Cleveland, Alabama. Not sure why it is called Five Points, but it is a unique name for a road.  I am always on the lookout for fun street names.

Flat, Texas

Flat, Texas is truly in a flat part of the state

This is another one of those towns I just came across in my driving.  Didn’t plan on a visit to Flat.   The town first registered to be called Mesquite Flat, but there was already one, so they submitted Flat and the post office was established in 1897.   As of 2000 there were over 800 people.  I am assuming they don’t want a craft brewery or soda company here….  who wants to drink Flat Beer or Flat Soda.  But a Pancake place would be interesting…imagine having Flat Pancakes!!

Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or  your traveler friends? How about a book about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips? You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!

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