April 2018 Cross-Country Road Trip: Dignity of Earth and Sky Statue in South Dakota

April 2018 Cross-Country Road Trip: Dignity of Earth and Sky Statue in South Dakota

Adventure, Backroads Discoveries, Cross Country Road Trips, Found Metal Sculptures, Giant Things, Illinois, Kansas, Large Statues, Less Beaten Paths Books, Lewis and Clark Sites, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Offbeat Places, Oklahoma, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, South Dakota, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Whispering Giants
[caption id="attachment_20268" align="alignleft" width="225"] Sumoflam with Dignity near Chamberlain, SD[/caption] I love having the opportunity to come upon new and unplanned discoveries in my roadtrips.  While traveling, I constantly check my Roadside America app (which is available for iPhone download here) which has a handy dandy location finder and will tell you the closest of their featured attractions.  While driving through South Dakota near Chamberlain, I did so and came across "Dignity: A 50 foot-tall Indian Woman" statue entry.  Turns out it is located at a rest area near Chamberlain, SD overlooking the Missouri River valley way below.  It was also a Lewis and Clark stopover. [caption id="attachment_20271" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Dignity: Of Earth and Sky - 50 foot tall statue by Dale Lamphere[/caption] [caption id="attachment_20270" align="alignright" width="225"] Dignity statue as…
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A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The K Things #AtoZChallenge

A Grab Bag from America’s Back Roads – The K Things #AtoZChallenge

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Alaska, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Bike Trails, Bucket List Trips, City Skylines, Cross Country Road Trips, Dream Highways, Found Metal Sculptures, Idaho, Illinois, Japanese Castles, Japanese Shrines, Kansas, Kentucky, Kumamoto, Large Statues, Less Beaten Paths Books, Lewis and Clark Sites, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Mythical Creatures, National Parks, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Offbeat Places, Ohio, Oita, Ontario, Place Names, Post Offices, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Selfies, South Dakota, Texas, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Vintage Neon, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
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.   Kutter's Cheese Factory - Corfu, New York [caption id="attachment_5332" align="alignnone" width="400"] Kutter's Cheese in Corfu, New York[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5333" align="alignnone" width="400"] Mural at Kutter's Cheese Factory in Corfu, New York[/caption] Kaskaskia Dragon - Vandalia, Illinois [caption id="attachment_6687" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sumoflam and the Fire Breathing Dragon of Kaskaskia in Vandalia, IL[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6638" align="alignnone" width="400"] Kaskaskia Dragon Breathes Fire in Vandalia, IL[/caption] Ketchikan, Alaska [caption id="attachment_17578" align="alignnone" width="400"]…
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S is for Super Statues – #atozchallenge

S is for Super Statues – #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge, Arkansas, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Giant Things, Kansas, Large Statues, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Museums, New York, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Texas, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places
There are some super huge statues in this country. Giant behemoths that can be seen from far away. Perhaps there is no place better for BIG than in Texas, where everything is supposedly bigger.  Texas actually has three of the tallest statues in the United States, including two that honor the great Texas heroes Sam Houston and Stephen Austin.  All three giant free standing statues exceed 70 feet in height (including the pedestal/base). This puts these giants in the top seven tallest monuments in the United States. [caption id="attachment_10390" align="aligncenter" width="660"] 77 Foot Tall Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, Texas[/caption] "Tribute to Courage" - Sam Houston Statue - The First Texas Giant "World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero" [caption id="attachment_10392" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sumoflam with Big Sam Houston towering behind…
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Three Texas Giants – Giant Statues of Southern Texas

Three Texas Giants – Giant Statues of Southern Texas

Arkansas, Backroads Discoveries, Dream Highways, Found Metal Sculptures, Giant Things, Kansas, Large Statues, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Roadside Attractions, Texas, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places
[caption id="attachment_10395" align="alignleft" width="225"] Sumoflam with the 76 foot tall Stephen F. Austin Statue in Angleton, Texas[/caption] Texas is the home to three giant free standing statues, all of which exceed 70 feet in height (including the pedestal/base). This puts these giants in the top seven tallest monuments in the United States. The tallest of the three is the "Tribute to Courage" statue of Sam Houston, located in Huntsville, Texas.  This one stands 67 feet but also has a 10 foot pedestal, giving it a ground to top height of 77 feet. [caption id="attachment_10390" align="aligncenter" width="338"] 77 Foot Tall Sam Houston Statue in Huntsville, Texas[/caption] The second tallest of the giants is the 76 foot tall Stephen F. Austin "Father of Texas" Statue in Angleton, TX. [caption id="attachment_10396" align="aligncenter" width="338"]…
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