2022: The Year in Travel – January thru March

2022: The Year in Travel – January thru March

Adventure, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Buildings, Barns and Houses, Cross Country Road Trips, Family Travel, Graffiti Walls, Hiking & Biking, Hiking Trails, Ice Cream Places, Indiana, Kentucky, Less Beaten Paths Books, Lewis and Clark Sites, Murals, Offbeat Places, Pelicans, Place Names, Post Offices, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Signs and Billboards, Staycations, Town Names, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Eatery, Unique Places, US Highway 31, Vintage Neon, Wall Art, Water Towers, Waterfalls, Welcome Signs, Yard Art
[caption id="attachment_35952" align="alignleft" width="300"] Welcome to Pontiac, Illinois[/caption] What a year 2022 was!!  I started off the year in the midst of another COVID outbreak and high fuel prices.  My hopes for much travel in 2022 weren't very high. I expected it would be a lean travel year, but it turned out much different than I had anticipated.  By December 31 I had visited 14 states and driven nearly 21,000 miles.  This included nearly 1,300 miles (out of a total of 2,400) of driving on Route 66 from Albuquerque to Chicago.  I had actually dreamt of driving the entire length of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA in October, which was when I would celebrate my 66th birthday, but it wasn't meant to be.  Nevertheless, I was thrilled…
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BIG NEWS!! – April 1, 2022: Book Signing at Uranus Fudge Factory #2 in Anderson, Indiana

BIG NEWS!! – April 1, 2022: Book Signing at Uranus Fudge Factory #2 in Anderson, Indiana

Adventure, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Cross Country Road Trips, Eateries, Family Travel, Indiana, Less Beaten Paths Books, Missouri, Offbeat Places, Quirky Things, Restrooms, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Route 66, Selfies, Sheltowee Trace, Signs and Billboards, Tourist Traps, Unique Eatery, Unique Places, Unique Shops
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the Uranus Fudge Factory in St Robert, Missouri.  I have written about their huge tourist attraction in two of my books.  Well, as Mayor Louie lies to exclaim "Uranus is Expanding!"  And indeed it is!  On April 1 they will be celebrating the GRAND OPENING of their new Uranus #2 off of Interstate 69 (exit 222) in Anderson, Indiana (a tad NE of Indianapolis).  See their Facebook Page. I am excited to announce today that I will be at the Grand Opening in Indiana from 11 AM to 2 PM to sign four of my five books, all of which are for sale at BOTH Uranus Fudge Factory locations. [caption id="attachment_34497" align="alignnone" width="960"] Mayor Louie and Miss Tiffany!![/caption] The…
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Book 4 – 8154: An Epic Family Road Trip Across America – NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon

Book 4 – 8154: An Epic Family Road Trip Across America – NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon

Adventure, Animals, Antelope, Antique Shops, Antsy McClain, Arizona, Arkansas, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Bakeries, BBQ Places, Bison, Books, Bucket List Trips, Buffalo, Burger Joints, California, Cross Country Road Trips, Deer, Dinosaurs, Donut Places, Dream Highways, Eagles, Eateries, Egret, Family Travel, Farmland, Found Metal Sculptures, Geologic Formations, Giant Things, Highways and Roadways, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jimmy Jackson, Junk Art, Junk-art Sculptures, Kansas, Kentucky, Landscapes, Large Statues, Less Beaten Paths Books, Lighthouses, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Mountains, Murals, Museums, National and State Parks, Historic Sites and More, National Monuments, National Parks, Nature and Scenery, Nebraska, Nevada, Ocean Scenes, Offbeat Places, Oklahoma, Oregon, People Shots, Place Names, Post Offices, prairie dogs, Pronghorn Antelope, Quirky Things, Raccoon, Restroom Signs, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Route 66, Sandhill Cranes, Seagulls, Selfies, Signs and Billboards, Snow Geese, South Dakota, Street Art, Swamps, Tennessee, Texas, Town Names, Travel Blogging, Travel with grandchildren, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Eatery, Unique Places, US Highway 101, US Highway 14, US Highway 16, US Highway 16A, US Highway 2, US Highway 20, US Highway 31, US Highway 60, Wall Art, Wanderlust, Welcome Signs, Wyoming
[caption id="attachment_33522" align="alignleft" width="193"] 8154 Cover[/caption] Big News!!  My newest book, titled "8154: An Epic Family Road Trip Across America" is now available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. The book details the three week long 8,154 mile road trip with my daughter Marissa Noe and her three children. New print programs on Amazon have also made it cheaper than previous books!! The book is 138 pages and full of color photos from 20 different states.  I have included a chapter all about how to plan for a long trip like this, especially with children.  A long road trip can be a challenge for the kids, so there are all sorts of ideas including in this book for making it fun and memorable for the kids. There are…
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AtoZ Challenge 2021 – Signs Signs – The U Signs #atozchallenge

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

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, California, Cross Country Road Trips, Less Beaten Paths Books, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Offbeat Places, Place Names, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Route 66, Selfies, Stop Signs, Texas, Town Names, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Eatery, Unique Places, US Highway 14, US Highway 16, Utah, Water Towers, Welcome Signs, Wyoming
I have fallen way behind on my A to Z posts this year due to added work and travel, but I will get them all!  This year I am doing signs that I have seen across the country.  This post will feature signs associated with the Letter U. 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 the remainder of my posts as get to them…
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AtoZ Challenge 2021 – Signs Signs – The A Signs #atozchallenge

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

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Amish Country, Arizona, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, California, Cross Country Road Trips, Delaware, Eateries, Kentucky, Less Beaten Paths Books, Maryland, Missouri, National and State Parks, Historic Sites and More, National Parks, New Mexico, Offbeat Places, Ohio, People Shots, Place Names, Quirky Things, Restroom Signs, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Selfies, Signs and Billboards, Tourist Traps, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Utah, Washington
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…
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AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal: Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign #atozchallenge

AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal: Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Mississippi, Missouri, Ontario
[caption id="attachment_30318" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mapleton Taxidermy & Cheese Store - Mapleton, Ontario[/caption] As I travel across the US and Canada, I obviously run into a variety of signs.  Some are just informational, but others are very unique. My theme for the 2021 AtoZ Challenge is going to be signs.  I'll present fun pictures and commentary on the many signs I run across.  Some posts may have four or five and others just one.  But, rest assured, you will see some fun signs along the way. [caption id="attachment_30215" align="alignnone" width="700"] Slap Ya Mommas - Biloxi, MS[/caption] I hope you will enjoy the ride as I introduce a plethora of fun signs from the U.S. and Canada (and maybe even some from overseas travels if I get the inkling!) [caption id="attachment_30140" align="alignnone"…
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8154: What’s a Trip Without Faces?

8154: What’s a Trip Without Faces?

Adventure, Animals, Arizona, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Bison, Blue Heron, Books, Buffalo, California, Cross Country Road Trips, Deer, Dinosaurs, Eagles, Egret, Elk, Family Travel, Geese, Horse Art, Idaho, Illinois, Junk Art, Junk-art Sculptures, Kentucky, Less Beaten Paths Books, Lewis and Clark Sites, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Mountains, Murals, Mythical Creatures, National Monuments, National Parks, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ocean Scenes, Offbeat Places, Oregon, People Shots, prairie dogs, Quirky Things, Raccoon, Roadside Attractions, Sandhill Cranes, Seagulls, Selfies, South Dakota, Street Art, Texas, Tourist Traps, Travel with grandchildren, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Wall Art, Washington, Wyoming
In early 2020 I traveled across the country over the course of three weeks with my daughter and three grandchildren.    During this trip we traveled 8154 miles across 20 states and visited over 100 destinations, saw all sorts of animals, all sorts of geography, 10 National Parks and Monuments, various state parks, oceans, deserts, mountains, beaches, grasslands, canyons and more. This is the fifth of a few posts about some of the fun from this EPIC Road Trip.  In this post I am sharing FACES. What is a trip without faces?  And over 8000 miles of travel opens up the opportunity to see all kinds of faces -- family, friends, strange people, aliens, wild animals, birds, art, statues and who knows what else?  Here are 125 of them. Enjoy…
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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – Reflections #atozchallenge

AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – Reflections #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Animals, Arizona, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Birds, Bison, Bucket List Trips, Buffalo, California, Cross Country Road Trips, Dinosaurs, Dream Highways, Eagles, Eateries, Family Travel, Farmland, Giant Things, Idaho, Illinois, Junk Art, Junk-art Sculptures, Landscapes, Less Beaten Paths Books, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Mountains, National Monuments, National Parks, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ocean Scenes, Offbeat Places, Oregon, Place Names, prairie dogs, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Sandhill Cranes, Selfies, South Dakota, Swamps, Texas, Tourist Traps, Travel with grandchildren, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Washington, Wyoming
In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the "8154" theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each of my entries highlighted a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  If you missed any of the posts, check out my page with all of the links HERE.  I will reflect back on this past month's posts.  Enjoy the Read! Enjoy the Ride! (all photography by David "Sumoflam" Kravetz) What a Whirlwind! [caption id="attachment_24114" align="alignnone" width="525"] CA 198 in Sequoia National Park[/caption] Throughout the month of April I participated in the A to Z Challenge.  It…
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AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The U Stories #atozchallenge

AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The U Stories #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Family Travel, Interviews, Junk-art Sculptures, Less Beaten Paths Books, Missouri, Montana, Museums, Offbeat Places, People Shots, Place Names, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Route 66, Selfies, Texas, Tourist Traps, Town Names, Travel with grandchildren, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, US Highway 14, US Highway 16, Vintage Neon, Welcome Signs, Wyoming
In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the "8154" theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the U Stories. (all photography by David "Sumoflam" Kravetz) This post is basically short and sweet. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride. Ucross, Wyoming We passed through this non-descript little community that sits at the intersection of US Route 14 and US Route 16.   It has an interesting name, but…
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PRHBTN 2019: More Murals to Decorate Lexington

PRHBTN 2019: More Murals to Decorate Lexington

Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Graffiti Walls, Kentucky, Murals, Offbeat Places, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Street Art, Unexpected Discoveries, Wall Art
Once again, John and Jessica Winters and their PRHBTN organization has brought some amazing art into Lexington.  October and the first part of November saw four more unique artists into the city to colorize more walls in the city. This year we got visits from Venezuelan artist Koz Dos,  New Yorker Elle, SNUB23 from Great Britain and Alexandrea Pangburn from the Denver area.  Each of them brought their own unique styles to add to the beauty of the city. [caption id="attachment_22512" align="alignnone" width="525"] Detail of Koz Dos mural[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22496" align="alignleft" width="300"] KOZ DOS[/caption] The first one to get started was Koz Dos.  Born in 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela, he is a graffiti artist who made his first steps in the Caracas hood. Since then, he has become famous for…
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