Archive for the ‘ODDS&SODS’ Category

The Great Dismal Swamp

The Great Dismal Swamp
By staff writer Vicki Lathom. Photos Copyright © Vicki Lathom except where indicated. The Great Dismal Swamp, in the North Carolina and Virginia section of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, sounds like a depressing place. Think dark, craggy trees draped with moss, stagnant water and strange noises...
May 18th, 2012 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Boating, QUIRKY PLACES, Scenic Wonders | Read More

Taos Is for Writers

Taos Is for Writers
By guest blogger Deonne Kahler. Feature photo Copyright © Brian Williams. Story photos Copyright © Deonne Kahler except where credited otherwise. WRITERS AND ARTISTS have been hanging out in Taos, New Mexico, seemingly forever. D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, R.C. Gorman, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Nichols,...
May 1st, 2012 | GUEST BLOGGERS, USA MAINLAND, QUIRKY PLACES, WRITING | Read More

Funky Signs: No Standing on the Toilet Seat

Funky Signs: No Standing on the Toilet Seat
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. MATAMATA IS A peaceful little Kiwi town not far from the city of Hamilton. At least it was peaceful, until March 1999 when tons of heavy machinery moved in to transform the surrounding farmlands into The Shire. Yes, the Bagginses come...
October 17th, 2011 | STAFF, FUNKY SIGNS, NEW ZEALAND | Read More

Movies Under the Bridge, Poland, Ohio

Movies Under the Bridge, Poland, Ohio
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. I WAS IN Poland, Ohio in July taking photos for a story (Summer Vacations at My Grandma’s House by Julia Munroe Martin) when I met a local who showed me the bridge over Yellow Creek. At first glance, this bridge is nothing special. Sure,...
October 10th, 2011 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, QUIRKY PLACES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS | Read More

Rock City and The Legendary View from Mt. Diablo, California

Rock City and The Legendary View from Mt. Diablo, California
Story by staff writer Judy Clement Wall. Photos Copyright © Judy Clement Wall. Here’s what happened. (Beware the travel story that starts with “Here’s what happened.”) One morning, I hear a guy on NPR say that if you stand on top of Mt. Diablo, you can see more of the earth’s surface than...
September 30th, 2011 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Funky Signs: Our Church is Like…

Funky Signs: Our Church is Like…
From guest contributor Leah of Leah Travels. Photo Copyright © Leah. This photo was taken in or near Lake Charles, Louisiana by ardent traveler Leah during her current road trip. That same day, she tweeted: Famous trees of Oak Valley Plantation, and Nottoway Plantation . . . the Old South harkens. #Louisiana...
September 26th, 2011 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

Funky Signs: Mr. Bacon in Jail Alley

Funky Signs: Mr. Bacon in Jail Alley
Photos Copyright © Patrick Ross. Captions by Patrick Ross. My friend Patrick Ross from The Artist’s Road blog recently returned from a family vacation in central and western Virginia. Throughout the trip his travel companion, Mr. Bacon, seized every opportunity to upstage the local signage. Feature...
September 2nd, 2011 | FUNKY SIGNS | Read More