Yesterday my new book, “Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions” made its debut on Amazon!
The book is 130 pages of FULL COLOR whimsy and kitsch as I tell stories of my visits to these places all over the U.S. and Canada. Definitely was fun taking these back roads trips to quirkville and I am excited to share them with you in words and photos.
Even more exciting was that after a few hours the book was already #5 on Amazon’s Road Travel New Releases chart and #24 on their Travel Reference chart!!
I hope you will be able to check out the book or even get it on Kindle (#14 on the Road Travel chart). You Chang the book here:
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.
Cyclisk – Santa Rosa, California
Charles Nagreen Statue – Seymour, Wisconsin
Sam & Eulalia Frantz “Field of Corn”- Dublin, Ohio
CastlePost Castle – Versailles, Kentucky
Coal Mine Canyon – near Tuba City, Arizona
Chelsea Teddy Bear Company – Chelsea, Michigan
A Christmas Story House – Cleveland, Ohio
Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
One of America’s most famous roadside attractions
Christman Studio & Sculpture Park – St. Louis, Missouri
Chocolate Hills – Bohol, Philippines
Craters of the Moon National Monument – near Arco, Idaho
Camp Disappointment – near Browning, Montana
Cathedral Rock – Sedona, Arizona
The Chocolate Chicken – Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Colter Bay Lodge – Grand Teton National Park
Coffee Pot Water Tower – Nebraska City, Nebraska
Chain Saw Totem Pole Forest – near Medford, Wisconsin
Cattle Egret – Angleton, Texas
Another classic Route 66 town
Catfish Capitals of the World – Paris, Tennessee & Floodwood, Minnesota
Crystal Wendy’s Hamburger – Dublin, Ohio
Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska
Another of America’s premiere roadside attractions
Creeper Trail Cafe – Taylors Valley, Virginia
Crescent Hotel – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Claims to be America’s most haunted hotel. We stayed there one night and saw an apparition in our room!!
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – Hamilton, Ontario
Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota
Another of America’s most famous roadside attractions. They change the designs every year.
Bridges of Madison County – Winterset, Iowa
Cut and Shoot, Texas
Cows with Sunglasses – Russellville, Kentucky & Normal, Illinois
Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Capulin Volcano National Monument – Capulin, New Mexico
Cozy Drive In – Springfield, Illinois
Another Route 66 icon – home of the corn dog
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Cathedral Falls – Gauley Bridge, West Virginia
World’s Largest Can Pile – Casselton, North Dakota
No longer around, but wanted to include this classic roadside attraction
Carlos Bake Shop – Hoboken, New Jersey
Home of TV Show “Cake Boss”
National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky
Coot Statue – Ashby, Minnesota
Clayton Dinosaur Trackway – Clayton, New Mexico
Circus Workers’ Cemetery – Hugo, Oklahoma
Church of Uncertain – Uncertain, Texas
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.
People are enthralled by dinosaurs and dragons. Maybe it is because humans have never really seen one alive. All we have are fossil evidences and legends.
A roadtrip on the back roads of America will almost always present a dinosaur or a dragon. I have seen hundreds in my travels.
In this post I hope to share some of the photos and fun of dinosaurs, dragons and other monster thingies as seen on the road.
Let’s look at a couple of strange monsters first. First there is the Hodag, a unique monster found in Rhinelander, WI. According to an 1893 newspaper article it was “the fiercest, strangest, most frightening monster ever to set razor sharp claws on the earth. It became extinct after its main food source, all white bulldogs, became scarce in the area.”
Wisconsin really seems to be the monster capital of the country. In Mt. Horeb, there is another cool looking monster statue in front of the visitor center. Created by Wally Keller, an artist from nearby.
Of course, the premier “dragon” stop in Wisconsin is Jurustic Park in Marshfield, WI. Created by artist (and former attorney) Clyde Wynia, this large property has well over 1000 pieces of welded scrap metal art, including a few dragons.
Clyde has a number of stories about his “artwork fossils” and makes it a fun place to visit. Note that it really is off the beaten path, but well worth a visit!
And the afore mentioned Wally Keller, who passed away a few years ago, also had a nice menagerie in his front yard.
There is another scrap metal artist in Centralia, MO who also has created a number of similar dinosaurs.
One of the most interesting dragons out there is the Kaskaskia Fire breathing dragon in Vandalia, IL
This monster was the brainchild of Kaskaskia Supply owner Walt Barenfanger. The 35 foot long beast is not only a nice piece of metal art, it is also FIRE BREATHING! Yes, go across the street to the Liquor Store or over to the Kaskaskia Hardware store and get a token for One Dollar, stick it into the self-service coin box and this guy’s eyes light up red and he breathes REAL fire for about 10 seconds!!
There are, of course, many other dragons out there.
But, its the dinosaurs that impress. Many have been built to the presumed size and shape of the various monsters. In fact, there are a number of T Rex statues out there.
Most impressive of all is the great escape of dinosaurs from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Life size and REALLY REAL looking.
And here are a few more dinosaur shots from around the country
and finally, who can forget that cute little Sinclair Gas dinosaur?