2019 April Blogging From A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal #AtoZChallenge

Its that time of the year again.  Yes,  the A to Z challenge!

Today is the day to reveal my 2019 Theme.

During 2018 I traveled through 26 states and over 12,000 miles.  Along the way I passed through many towns and, of course, each town has their signs.

So, my Theme for 2019 is “Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign.”  I will be including road signs and others that may fit the theme this year.  It will be a fun ride for all of you!  Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!

IXL Oklahoma
Telephone, Texas

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 Spring 2019!!

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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 X 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.

 

Since there are so few places or sites that begin with X, I am throwing a few eXtra items into the miX.

TeXas Signs

Visiting Texas in 2014
Welcome to Texas
Big Texan Steak House – home of the FREE 72 OZ Steak (if you can eat it all) – Amarillo, Texas
Texline, Texas

Xenia, Ohio

Welcome to Xenia, OH
Julianne and David at Xenia Station on the Little Miami Scenic Trail
McColly Covered Bridge built in 1876 near Xenia, OH

Little MeXico – Omaha, Nebraska

Giant Wall Mural in Little Mexico district of Omaha
Mexican Pottery shop in Little Mexico
Colorful Buildings in Little Mexico district of Omaha make you feel like you are in Mexico

TeXan Motel – Raton, New MeXico

I know. I know.  Used this one in an earlier post…but hey…it has an X in it!

Texan Motel – Raton, New Mexico

El FeniX Restaurant – Dallas, TeXas

El Fenix Mexican Food – Dallas, Texas

TeXas Wildflowers

Texas Wildflowers
Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Texas Bluebonnet

Gulf of MeXico – Galveston, TeXas

Seagull in flight in Gulf of Mexico
Brown pelicans fly in synchronized formation over the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, TX
Sumoflam with the Disaster Memorial in Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico in the background
Surrey riding along the beach of the Gulf of Mexico

Hard Rock Cafe – Cozumel, MeXico

Apparently the world’s smallest Hard Rock Cafe in Cozumel, Mexico

TeXarkana, Arkansas and TeXarkana, TeXas

Texarkana Water Tower
In Texarkana, AR in 2009

TaXi Dogs – Pike Place Market – Seattle, Washington

A unique Hot Dog Eatery in Seattle’s Pike Place Market

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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