Tree eats house


The trees are God’s great alphabet:With them He writes in shining greenAcross the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer

This little one-room barn is on my way to work – abandoned, and being eaten by this tree.

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Leave a message somewhere


A message prepared in the mind reaches a mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life.  ~ Bill Gothard 

May13 This photo is a smaller part of a bigger abandoned storefront in Crows Landing, CA.  The broken light is the most interesting visual item here, as well as the message.  If you look at the bigger photo (right), you’ll probably wonder like me – how do they expect you to leave a message? 

Good Bank and Locker Service of Crows Landing


“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.” ~ Robert Frost (American poet, 1874-1963)

This is one storefront in an abandoned building in the small town of Crows Landing, CA.  The county sign says the town has a population of 600, which I think is probably high.  I wish I knew the history behind this relic.  I’ll have to do some research.

Vista Point with beauty


We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~ Stacia Tausche?

Yesterday, we saw the plaque at this Vista Point along Hyw 5.  Here’s my lovely 6 year old posing at that location, in front of the fields and aqueduct.

Vista Point


Take the back roads instead of the highways. ~ Minnie Pearl

Apr16 I stopped at this Vista Point on the way home, and took a picture of the placard describing its humble view.  This is a portion, showing the local aqueducts (shown here).  I just find these details interesting, kind of a forgotten, unremarkable stop on the side of the road.  The smaller image is actually a super closeup if you want to read the placard easily.

Roadside memorials – a fascinating cultural practice


Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.  ~Author Unknown

In my first post on roadside memorials (Death is real, and your car is dangerous), I introduced the subject.  Since then, I’ve done some more research, and an noticing them more.

Many memorials have no name, often because the name has worn off from the elements.  Like this memorial, the deceased are only remembered by their loved ones.

Drivesafely However, in both Florida and South Dakota, the DMV has taken it upon themselves to put up official roadside markers at these locations, mostly because many of them are put in dangerous or inappropriate places, and are often not anchored well and are moved by rains and wind.

SDwhydiemarker The road marker to the left is the simple one put up in Florida.  In South Dakota, they have a bit more of an aggressive message (see right).  In addition, if more than one person dies at the spot, you can see an entire line of signs, one for each person.

If you use any of the newer ‘check-in’ applications on your smartphone, you may want to do like I have, and that is to enter the locations of these in as a place to stop and check in.  Applications include:

  • BrightKite
  • Cause World (donates to charities)
  • DodgeBall
  • Foursquare (most popular, and my favorite)
  • Gowalla (up and coming)
  • Loopt
  • MyTown
  • Rummble
  • Whrrl

Go to your phone’s marketplace, start with FourSquare or Gowalla, and then branch out to others if you want. And drive carefully!