AtoZ Challenge 2021 – Signs Signs – The A Signs #atozchallenge

Welcome to another year of the AtoZ Challenge.  This year I am doing signs that I have seen across the country.  This post will feature signs associated with the Letter A.  ENJOY THE RIDE!

We can’t avoid signs.  They are everywhere.  Advertisements, informational signs, directional signs, business signs and, sometimes, even humorous and fun signs.  Each of my posts in this years’ challenge will feature a hodgepodge of signs I have come across in my travels.  In most cases, I’ll also note where they were taken.  Some were actually inside of shops or otherwise, so not all will have locations.  I hope you enjoy this fun trip each day of April.

Let’s get started with Apples!  Everyone likes apples.  Wenatchee, Washington is the purported Apple Capital of the World.  In January 2020 we drive though there and found many places with signs and trust that you’ll pay for some fresh apples.  Following is a prime example.  these honey-crisp apples were amazing!

Self-Serve Apples in Wenatchee, WA – The Apple Capital of the World

Those that know me well know that one of my favorite comments when asked by others how I am is  “I’m awesome, but I’m getting better.”  I first ran across the following “Awesome” sign in Lexington, Kentucky, where I live, but have since seen in in numerous other places.

Closed but still Awesome
Circle K likes to tell me I’m Awesome. Keeps me coming back!
Can’t say this about my humor, but there is a famous horse named Awesome Humor. Taken in Fayette County, KY

And then there is a flea market in Hamburg, Iowa that likes to be awesome too.

Awesome Possum Flea Market in Hamburg, Iowa

As our world changes, so do many signs.  A prime example are restroom signs.  I came across this one at an eatery in Lexington.

Now becoming more common. I chuckle with the half-dress and half-pants character.

The one below is another example of “All-Gender” and even “All-Species”. Found in Cuba, Missouri

Whatever you are….wash your hands. COVID is floating around.

Speaking of Aliens, there are plenty of them to be found on the highways.  Some are on signs and some are holding signs.  Here are a few.

Alien Parking – found at “The Thing” in Dragoon, Arizona
Alien Fresh Jerky Sign in Baker, California (Sadly, when we arrived there, they were not open…too early in the morning).
Look carefully and who do you see with the aliens?
Aliens vs. Dinosaurs at Bowlin’s “The Thing” in Dragoon, AZ
Alien Coke Machine in Roswell, NM
And this alien thanks you for picking Uranus as a great destination. — Uranus Fudge Factory in Uranus, Missouri
Little Green Men Days is held annually in Kelly, KY

And then there was an alien encounter near Moab, Utah too!

Alien at Papa Joe’s in Crescent Junction, UT near Moab

There are always “off-color” things to be found, but I really got a chuckle from this sign I found somewhere of the “Ass” family….

The Ass Family – fun on the road

Speaking of “Ass”, the Algonquin tribes of the east coast had words such as Assawoman and Assateague, both of which can be found in Maryland.  We actually stayed in motel that was on Assawoman in Ocean City, Maryland.  Assateague, also in Maryland, is a National Park famed for its numerous wild horses.

Assawoman Drive in Ocean City, MD
Assateague Island in Maryland

And, of course, there are other random “A” signs like the one below.

Flying Ace Aerial Chase at King’s Island in Ohio
Honk if You’re Amish – Paradise Point in Kentucky
Alcatraz sign in San Francisco
Alibi Pub in Wilbur, Washington

Check back tomorrow for a few B signs.

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