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Travel Log: Photo Day!
(Niceville, Florida. 11 April 2018) – Going to take y’all on a visual journey through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. As always, you can see my entire photo library on my Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparks_photography/) or m Instagram (@sparks1524).
But, once in a while it’s fun to just do a visual journey, and this starts along the famous Route 66, a road I will be exploring more as I continue Grand Tour USA. Route 66, the “mother road” is famous for the roadside attractions that were designed to encourage motorists to pull off and, well, spend money. These oddities created a very unique type of Americana that blends with the more traditional sights like landscapes and historical locations in a very odd harmony that’s uniquely American. An example of a modern attraction is the Pink Elephant Antique Shop (shown above in the title slide), which is only about ten years old and about an hour outside of Springfield, Illinois.
But, let’s a take a wander down Route 66 through Illinois into Missouri, and then get off and hook back through the South!
The city of Branson is Missouri’s answer to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The main strip in Branson is full of architecture that is all classic American roadside oddity…just on a massive scale! The town is a hoot to visit and worth taking some time to explore!
So, how was that for a five state tour? From roadside oddities along Route 66 to major military museums, there is so much you can find on the road. But, the adventure was not quite over yet even as I turned my sites and my car towards home in Florida. I discovered one more roadside oddity in the small town of Spanish Fort, Alabama:
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain