Cool Stuff

Sometimes you just find cool stuff when you travel…

…like the toll road around Denver. Good thing I saw a sign early on that said they take a photo of your license plate and then mail you a bill for the toll, or we would have been confused by these empty booths…

…and these signs:

They wanted our money, told us how much, but nobody was around to take it. We watched our mail and — finally — a few months later, we got a bill, which we were able to pay quickly and easily online. The future of tolls is here!

Now imagine you’re taking a peaceful nap in the passenger seat. You’re suddenly awakened by a blood-curdling scream from the driver. Your eyes jerk open and this is what you see through the front windshield:

IKES! Just kidding. That’s not how I spotted this rig begin towed. But it makes a funny story, huh?

If you travel near El Centro, California, in the winter months, you might get be surprised with an impromptu air show from the famous Blue Angels Navy demonstration flight crew! This past March wasn’t the first time we’ve been delivered with this unexpected gift, which is awesome even from the highway miles away:

Or you could be tooling along the road just about anyplace in the US and spot a painted water tower. It’s a sure sign of a proud community — even a tiny one like this one, in southern New Mexico:

Maybe it’s something in the air in New Mexico, but we also spotted a few decorated bushes in the median of an interstate. It’s hard to make out the details, but more than one American flag is tied to this one, along with some tinsel and other flashy objects:

Nothing much beats seeing a stunning old building. For some reason they scream, “Fix me up! I’m a hidden treasure you just found!” This one in Ohio was left to die when a major re-routing left it on a curvy, dead-end road:

At least one attorney and a title company have spaces in this old building, which sits in downtown Port Clinton, Ohio. Yep, a port town in Ohio — up along Lake Erie’s shoreline. Someone answered the call to fix up and maintain this brick building, keeping a bit of the area history alive:

Nope, you never know what you’re going to spot when you’re traveling down the road. Somewhere along I-76 in eastern Ohio or western Pennsylvania, we ended up behind this fascinating compilation. Why tow the red pick-up truck if you can stow stuff in its bed, then haul it in the back of a bigger truck?

And as for this little critter… well, all I can say is I’m glad we got to see a true Beach Bunny out at the end of the Outer Banks in North Carolina:

There are a lot of reasons to RV…. seeing cool stuff — especially unexpected cool stuff — is one of them!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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6 Responses to Cool Stuff

  1. There is always something cool to see if you just pay attention! Thanks for the post.

    • Ellen says:

      It’s frustrating to be in an RV and want to look at something we just passed — only to see our bedroom instead! Yes, so many things to see… so little time! Travel safely!

  2. Nice set of “eclectic” photos from “the road!” Love that old abandoned building. Time rolls along and some get left behind. The only constant in life is change (at least that’s MY theory!).
    Just a note: The Blue Angels photo reminded my of an interesting tidbit. When I was 14 and playing Junior Major League baseball, my coach’s son was a baby in diapers. I often saw his wife in the stands holding the baby with their toddler daughter sitting beside her.
    Well, that baby boy grew up, joined the Air Force, and became the commanding officer/lead pilot of the Thunderbirds! Quite a story if I do say so myself. HAPPY TRAILS! 🙂

    • Ellen says:

      Great story, Mike! I once wrote resumes professionally (back in the olden days before PCs) and had a jet pilot instructor as a client. I tried to get him to trade a ride up in one of those metal birds for a resume, but he said he preferred to pay cash. Could probably see I’d lose it on the first upward ascent!! Take care!!

  3. aelkins1 says:

    It always breaks my heart a little to see abandoned buildings of any sort. I’m a huge fan of adaptive reuse, where possible, but that’s just not likely anywhere but in concentrated urban areas. Sigh. Check out

  4. Ellen says:

    Yeah, it’s a shame that one of the indicators of economic growth in the country is “new construction. Plenty of recycling, restoring, renovating to be done on some stunning historical buildings without encouraging people to abandon them, don’t you think? But wow, what stunning photos some of them make — thanks for the link!!

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