Category Archives: Road Trip

Washington County Aux. – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of auxiliary images from my road trip to Washington County to harvest their town signs. A few of these are still in Riverside. Which I consider to be a must visit for anybody that likes Star Trek.


Washington County - Riverside
Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Ainsworth
Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Henry County - Olds
Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Wayland
Wayland

Washington County - Coppock
Coppock

Washington County - Coppock

Still one more collection of images to share from this road trip!

Junk Jaunt

Back in October I went on a Junk Jaunt with Carla and Teresa. I didn’t buy much, a few stickers here and there, but I did have a great time and saw many interesting things.

Here are some pictures from the day:


Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Hopefully we will be able to go on one of these again next year!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SILENCE:


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

Happy photo harvesting!

Washington County Aux. – Vol. 1

Back in early July I took a day and tooled around Washington County harvesting their town signs. The two best things in Washington County is that it is the home of Riverside, which is the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. The other awesome part is it is the home of Kalona, my favorite town in Iowa to visit. However, I didn’t spend much time in Kalona on this trip.

Here is the first collection of images:


Johnson County - Oxford
Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Johnson County - Oxford

Washington County - Riverside
Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

There are many things up for debate in this world. But one thing that isn’t, is that the best captain the Enterprise ever had or will have was James T. Kirk.

Still more to share from this trip!

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 4

I need to start today by wishing my sister Teresa’s best friend and also a good friend of all of our family, Sheri a happy birthday! Happy birthday Sheri!


Slice of Life Volume 28

That is a picture of Sheri graduating high school taken by my Dad.

I hope your birthday is/was as awesome as you wanted it to be!

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Time to share the last collection of images I took while on a road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Fayette County -
Lansing

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry
Harper’s Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest
Yellow River State Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Waterville
Waterville

The iconic Lansing Mississippi River Bridge can be seen in the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. It is the bridge Alvin Straight crosses to get to Wisconsin to visit his brother.

The next county of auxiliary images we will visit is Washington County.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 3

Time for the third collection of auxiliary images I took on my road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - New Albin
New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

I reckon that the bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River is one of the most photographed bridges in Iowa. At least for its fairly remote location. Something I learned on this trip is that there are surprisingly few bridge that cross the Mississippi River in Iowa.

I’ve seen that bridge in Lansing photographed several times. It is an iconic bridge in a beautiful setting. However, on this trip a Lansing local informed us that it was going to be replaced in the next couple of years. If you want to see it, don’t dawdle.

There is one more collection of images from this trip left to share.

Rodan139: Richland

Back in May, while I was cruising around Keokuk County harvesting their town signs, I stopped in Richland to pub Rodan139 in the air. My main goal was take a picture for that week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme. That theme was SQUARE. But I also took a few other pictures.

Have a look:


Rodan 139: Richland
This is actually my block.

Rodan 139: Richland
This is Richland.

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

One of my 2023 goals is to get Rodan139 out and about more this year. We’ll see how I do.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is RED:


WEEK 384 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

Happy photo harvesting!

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images from my road trip to Allamakee County (and Clayton County) to harvest their town signs with Teresa. The first couple pictures are in Clayton County. The rest are in Allamakee County.


Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Hardin
Hardin – Ghost Town

Allamakee County - Waukon
Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Lycurgus
Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

There is still many more images from this road trip left to share. On the next collection I will talk about the bridge in the last picture that crosses the Mississippi River from Iowa to Wisconsin in Lansing. Enjoy it now, cause it won’t be around for much longer.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 1

Back in June I cruised around both Clayton and Allamakee County harvesting their town signs with Teresa. It is truly the most beautiful part of Iowa and there isn’t a close second. But the Loess Hills are second.

All of these pictures were taken in Clayton County:


Clayton County - Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Volga
Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Elkader
Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Saint Olaf
St. Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

The St. Olaf Tavern finished in the Top 5 in last year’s Best Tenderloin Contest ran by the Iowa Pork Producers Associator.

There are plenty more pictures from this trip still to come.

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

Taking another Sunday to clean up some, but not all of the March images that I haven’t shared in the past. This will be a fairly short post, but there are more March images to clean up.


And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew Hou You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

And I Knew How You Took Your Coffee

Some of these were alternate images taken for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. For the themes HOBBIES and GOVERNMENT.

Someday I’m going to get back to Formal Portrait Sundays. I swear this is true.

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 4

Time to share the final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Fayette and Winneshiek Counties. Included in this collection are pictures taken at Montauk. Montauk is the mansion and home Iowa’s 12th Governor William Larrabee. I don’t know anything about William Larrabee, but I’m guessing his entire platform wasn’t to destroy rural schools to line the pocketbooks of the out-of-state interests that funded his campaign.

Here is the final collection of images:


Allamakee County - Postville
Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Fayette County - Montauk
Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Clermont
Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Elgin
Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

If you don’t know what The Straight Story is, here it is from the Wiki:

In June 1994, Straight’s 80-year-old brother Henry Straight (Palisade, January 4, 1914 – Iowa, June 15, 1998) had suffered a stroke. At the age of 73 and in poor health from diabetes, emphysema and other ailments, Straight could not see well enough for a driver’s license, so he decided his only option was to travel on his 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower.

Setting off in early July 1994, Straight drove the mower along highway shoulders, towing a trailer loaded with gasoline, camping gear, clothes, and food from his home in Laurens, Iowa to his brother in Blue River, Wisconsin.

About four days and 21 miles into the trip, the lawn mower broke down in West Bend, Iowa. Straight spent $250 on replacement parts, including a condenser, plugs, a generator, and a starter.

After traveling another 90 miles, Straight ran out of money while in Charles City, Iowa. He camped there for a few days until his next Social Security checks arrived in August. He was interviewed by local newspapers. On August 15, Straight’s lawn mower broke down again when he was two miles from his brother’s house near Blue River. A farmer stopped and helped him push it the rest of the way. At a top speed of 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h), the trip took six weeks in all. After the visit, his nephew, Dayne Straight, drove him back to Iowa in his pickup truck.

Henry Straight recovered from his stroke and moved back to Iowa to be closer to Alvin Straight and the rest of his family.

Paul Condit, president and general manager of Texas Equipment Company, Inc., in Seminole, Texas, heard about the trip and gave Straight a 17-horsepower John Deere replacement riding mower worth $5,000. Straight disliked the media attention from the lawn mower trip. He turned down offers to appear on various TV talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.

David Lynch (of all filmmakers) turned the story into the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. Richard Farnsworth played Alvin Straight and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The film was shot in chronological order along the original route that Alvin Straight took. Richard Farnsworth was suffering from terminal cancer during production and the paralysis of his legs shown in the film was real. He took his own life they year after the shooting of the film.

The movie currently streams on Disney+.

The next county we will visit for auxiliary images will be a little bit different. It will mostly involve a camping trip I made with Carla and Jason, but I consider them to be auxiliary images because I did take one town sign picture on the trip.