Imagine my excitement as I woke up this morning to see the PAPERBACK edition of my brand new Book 3, titled Beyond Description – More of the Strange and Unique, had cleared review and is now available for purchase on Amazon! Like Book 2, it is 120 pages full of color photos and interesting stories. This one looks at unique and fun destinations like Carhenge (NE), Paradise Point Marketplace (KY), Bowlin’s The Thing (AZ), Uranus ,Fudge Factory and General Store (MO), Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland Museum (KY), Wall Drug (SD), Lost River Trading Post (WV), Henrys Ra66it Ranch (IL) (and more) and then some themed towns like Vulcan, AB; Hell, MI; Mt. Horeb, WI; Santa Claus, IN, Winslow, AZ and Roswell, NM. Finally, there is a chapter on the Trail of the Whispering Giants and artist Peter Wolf Toth.
You can order the book beginning NOW and probably have it by Wednesday. I appreciate all of the past support and hope that you will continue to Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride! Here’s where you can get it. (And please don’t forget to do a review!)
Its a very exciting time when I can visualize a future trip on the back roads of America. I tackle all of my trips with Vim and Vigor. I feel validated after even the most vexing of trips.
As I wind down the month of April and the 2019 blogging challenge, I can see the finish line and can tast victory. Maybe I will celebrate with Voodoo Doughnuts!! I hope you enjoy some of the V Signs I discovered in my 2018 travels. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.
Voodoo Doughnut, Austin, Texas
There are not many unique doughnut places. But, in my opinion, of all of the unique ones, Voodoo Doughnut rides the Top of the list. My first experience with Voodoo was in 2011 in Portland, Oregon. I visited the mother ship in Old Town Portland and took my place in the never ending line of folks waiting to get their out of this world unique doughnut fix. Portland is a strange and quirky town, especially in the Old Town area, so Voodoo fit right in. The original shop opened in 2003. After three shops in Oregon, in December 2013 they ventured out of the safety of Oregon to open in Denver, on Friday the 13th. Well, Austin is another weird town and Sixth Street is the place to be. Sometime in 2014 or 2015, Voodoo opened their fifth shop in Austin. I got to visit there twice in 2018 with my grandchildren. What a kick! Just an FYI, the Universal CityWalks in Hollywood and Orlando now have a Voodoo Doughnut. So, if you are out and about…make your way to Voodoo!
The Vulcan Center in Birmingham, Alabama
The Vulcan Center in Birmingham, Alabama is home to the Vulcan statue, which is the largest cast iron statue in the world. It is the city symbol of Birmingham, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan and was created as Birmingham’s entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in the 1904 World’s Fair. The statue is one of the tallest statues in the United States. I wrote about the Vulcan statue along with my other 2018 highlights in THIS POST.
Like what you see? 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!!
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.
Vietnamese Buddhist Center – Sugar Land, Texas
Vista Motel – Shelby, Montana
Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, Oregon
Victor Emporium – Victor, Idaho
Van Tassell, Wyoming
Volcanoes and Volcanic Craters – Capulin, New Mexico; Craters of the Moon, Idaho; Sunset Crater, Arizona
Virginia Creeper Trail – Damascus, Virginia; Abingdon, Virginia
Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, Minnesota
Viborg, South Dakota
Vermeer Dutch Windmill – Pella, Iowa
Villa Theater – Malta, Montana
Virginia Heritage Music Trail – Wise, Virginia
Vander Ploeg Bakery – Pella, Iowa
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.