A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The B 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.


Blueberry, WI

Old Antique Store in Blueberry, WI

Brazos Bend State Park – Needville, TX

Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Another Gator in Brazos State Park

Bruce Windmill Farm – Woodstock, ON

Cliff Bruce Windmill Hill in Woodstock, ON is One of Ontario’s premier “roadart” places

Bison/Buffalo – Yellowstone National Park

Bison and calves relax by a lake in Yellowstone

A big bison poses for me in Yellowstone

Blackwater, Missouri

City of Blackwater, MO

Boring Post Office – Boring, Oregon

Boring Post Office

Entering Boring

Bridges of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bridges of Pittsburgh

Bugtussle, Kentucky

Remember Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies??

What remains of the Bugtussle General Store in Bugtussle, KY

Buffalo Bill Museum – LeClaire, Iowa

Buffalo Bull Museum in LeClaire, Iowa

Beloit Smiley Water Tower – Beloit, WI

Beloit’s Smiley Water Tower greets visitors to Wisconsin

Two-State Sign – Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA

Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia – taken when we visited the Virginia Creeper Bike Trail

Beatles Tribute – Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

This way to Beatles Park at the corner of US 67 and Abbey Rd. in Walnut Ridge, AR

The Beatles Abbey Road Sculpture in Beatles Park.

Big Fish Supper Club – Bena, Minnesota

Big Fish Supper Club, Bena, MN

Complete view of the Big Fish Supper Club and the Big Fish in Bena, MN

Blue Heron Photos – Lexington, Kentucky & Uncertain, Texas

Blue Heron grabbing some breakfast

Blue Heron in Flight over Jacobson Lake in Kentucky

A blue heron flies by on Caddo Lake near Uncertain, Texas

Booger Hollow, Arkansas

Booger Hollow, Arkansas in 2007

Barbed Wire Sculpture at Sod House Museum – Gothenburg, Nebraska

Barbed Wire Indian Chief and Horse – Sod House Museum – Gothenburg, Nebraska

Bob Evans Headquarters – New Albany, Ohio

Bob Evans Farm HQ – New Albany, OH

Butte, Montana

Welcome to Butte, Montana

Blue Banana Espresso – Lostine, Oregon

Blue Banana Espesso Bar in Lostine, Oregon

Bessie the Cow – Janesville, Wisconsin

Bessie the Cow in Janesville, WI

Blues Highway – US 61 in Mississippi

Sumoflam at the Blues Highway in Mississippi

Beatles Statues – Houston, Texas

The 35 Foot tall Beatles statues by David Adickes, currently on display outside Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery

Hot Spring Shower in Hot Spring Capital of Japan – Beppu, Japan

A hot spring shower in Beppu…and yes, the towel was necessary. 1990

Brown Pelicans in Formation – Galveston, Texas

Pelicans in formation over the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, TX

Pelicans fly in formation over the beach in Galveston

Beartooth Pass – near Red Lodge, Montana

The Beartooth Range in northern Wyoming.

At the Beartooth Highway in May 2015

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Big Stone Gap, VA

Boudreau’s Antiques and Collectibles – Ashland, Wisconsin

Boudreau’s Antiques Boudreau’s Antiques and Collectibles on US Hwy 2 east of Ashland, WI

Big Jud’s Burgers – Rexburg, Idaho

Big Jud’s Gourmet Burgers, Rexburg, ID

Total indulgence in a Big Jud’s “small” burger

Tersier Monkey in Bohol, Philippines

A Tersier in Bohol

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park in SD

Sunset at the Badlands in South Dakota.

Big Apple – Medina, NY (Yes, the OTHER big apple in New York)

Big Apple Medina, NY

World’s Largest Buffalo – Jamestown, North Dakota

World’s Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, ND

Big Bone Lick State Park – Union, Kentucky

Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky

Big Indian – Bemidji, Minnesota

Big Indian in Bemidji, MN in front of a souvenir shop

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum – Vicksburg, Mississippi

Biedenharn Museum Sign, Vicksburg, MS

Big John – Great Falls, Montana

Cowboy Muffler Man – Big John in Great Falls, Montana

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


17 thoughts on “A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The B Things #AtoZChallenge

  1. Ann

    What a wonderful collection of photos from your trips! That’s such a great idea for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  2. Dyanne Dillon

    I love to drag my family to quirky places when we travel. These all look like fun spots to stop! We’ve been to Brazos Bend and we’re pretty sure we would be eaten by a gator. They were everywhere!

  3. Morgan

    What a great assortment of Bs! The Badlands was one of my favorite places to camp this past summer. Waking up to Bison a couple feet from your tent was pretty awesome! Also, the number of bison in Yellowstone was awesome.
    I watched a show on Netflix that took place in Boring, OR. I think it was “Everything Sucks” It was a good show.
    Once Upon a Time

  4. Colette B

    Thank you so much for sharing I really enjoyed browsing these. i read ‘Booger’s Hollow’ as ‘Blogger’s Hollow’ first, had to look again! Gotta peek at your first post next and have to follow your blog so as not miss your posts. I loved seeing the wildlife as well as the signage – fantastic pics! Great mix. Thanks 🙂

  5. Arlee Bird

    After we saw some bison at Yellowstone, we stopped for lunch at one of the park restaurants. I was going to order a bison burger, but my wife insisted that I shouldn’t. Reluctantly I went for the healthier choice of a salad, but still my mouth was watering thinking about that bison burger.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. Retirement Reflections

    I love a “less beaten path.” I also have a strange penchant for visiting towns and cities with cool and unusual names. “Boring, Oregon” is now on my list! I’ve stopped by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip (and am glad that I did).

  7. Sharon E. Cathcart

    I grew up mere minutes from Damascus and Boring, Ore. Thanks for such a great overview of your journeys, and for the chuckle.

    I’m here via the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip

    Sharon E. Cathcart
    <a href=”http://sharonecathcart.wordpress.com>Award Winning Author of Fiction Featuring Atypical Characters

  8. heatherericksonauthor

    What fun pictures! When I saw the big fish, I knew it had to be somewhere in Minnesota. I’m here on the A to Z Road Trip. It looks like you’ve taken some awesome road trips in your time! Have a great Christmas!