Almost Christmas

The Things That Make The Season Special

My sister’s Christmas tree

My nephew’s cookies, all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska

Champagne from many countries

Two of my five sisters and one of my nieces.

Random Road

Once Upon A Time, . . .

Abandoned Road, in or near C&O Canal National Historic Park at Four Locks, near Clear Springs, Maryland.

Dilapidated entrance gate to road leading to Potomac Dell, a private home that at one time opened its grounds to the public, at no charge. The ad below describes all that it offered. The ad is from the Hagerstown, Maryland newspaper The Daily Mail, 23 May 1955, Mon, Page 2. The ad is the only information I could find about Potomac Dell so I can’t say when or why the property was abandoned. There is a large deteriorating house near the paved road.

 

Potomac Dell - The yellow and white homes tucked behind Four Locks -

 

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Pink It Is #28

Retro Pink

Faded Sign, Ligonier Beach, Pennsylvania

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Pink It Is #5

Avignon Pink

Pink Elephant in Avignon, France

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Backroads America: Wind in the Corn

Pocahontas, Pocahontas County, Iowa

I took a detour from my destination to check out a couple places in Iowa. Just south of the town of Pocahontas, I saw a huge wind farm with hundreds of turbines planted in corn fields.

My destination was the 25 foot statue of Pocahontas which was erected in 1954 in Pocahontas.

The historical Pocahontas was from Virginia, not Iowa, but the town wanted to honor the figure after which it, and the county, was named.

Pocahontas is in Iowa corn country. You will find quilt squares painted on barns and garages.

The teepee behind the statue is based on a plains Indian dwelling. Pocahontas would not have lived in one.

On the Road Again, Literally

Today I headed out on a road trip from Alexandria, Virginia to Minnesota. I will put about 3000 miles on the car in the next three week. I’ve done the drive before on interstate freeways. This time I am following the Lincoln Highway, a coast-to-coast road from New York City to San Francisco first planned in 1913.

The Lincoln Highway, never an official US road, was the brainchild of three men involved in the automotive industry as a marketing ploy. It made sense that people needed somewhere to drive their new cars. Today, the Lincoln Highway generally follows US Route 30.

I am currently in central Pennsylvania where you can find some quintessential roadside Americana, such as the giant coffee pot in Bedford. It is part of the Lincoln Highway 200-Mile Roadside Museum.

Or the 1930s Dunkle’s Gulf gas station, also in Bedford, which is still in business.

Painted gas pumps are found along the way. I zipped by most of them because there was no signage, the road is narrow, and there are no shoulders to pull off onto.

And murals on barns. This one is the Bison Corral Barn, across from the gas pump above.

And other oddities. This figure was part of a storyland at Schellsburg that closed years ago.

Constant rain did not make for a good picture taking day. The Flight 93 National Monument is off US 30. I will do a separate post. I did stop briefly.

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