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Hunting for “Swamp People”in Louisiana

Hunting for “Swamp People”in Louisiana

sp-banner-smBack in August 2010 a new TV Series began on the History Channel that got me hooked, literally. Called “Swamp People,” the series focuses on various teams of alligator hunters. Some episodes also feature other aspects of the social and sporting life of the swamp, including fishing and hunting for other animals. I was thoroughly engaged. In fact, I distinctly recall while watching one of the early…

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Oct 3

50,000 Views and a Reinvention of Myself

50,000 Views and a Reinvention of Myself

50000A few days ago my Less Beaten Paths blog hit the 50,000 viewer mark. This is after about 22 months of being live. (see iPhone screen capture at left)

In comparison with other similar travel blogs, I am probably way far off in terms of viewers. But, honestly, that is not as important to me as what this milestone means and what doing this blog has had in terms of an impact on my life.

I started…

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Highway 61 Visited: The Blues Highway of Mississippi - Day 1

Highway 61 Visited: The Blues Highway of Mississippi – Day 1

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn have all sang about it. And now, Sumoflam has driven it. US Highway 61 cuts down the middle of Mississippi, all the way from Memphis to Natchez and more.

Map of the Blues Highway (US 61) through Mississippi

Map of the Blues Highway (US 61) through Mississippi

Highway 61 is better known as “The Blues Highway” as many of the famed Blues musicians grew up along this swath of the state just east of the…

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Life Gets Busy - Blog Suffees

Life Gets Busy – Blog Suffees

To all of you who faithfully follow my Travel Blog, I don’t want you to think I have quit writing. I am in the midst of an extremely busy work season (I work in high school sports web management and social media and it’s football season!)

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I still have plenty to write: US 61 through Mississippi, a drive through the swamplands of Louisiana, a visit to Galveston, some back roads in Texas and more.

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Sep 1

The Back Road to Memphis: US Route 79

The Back Road to Memphis: US Route 79

Bozo's Hot Pit BBQ - Mason, TN

Bozo’s Hot Pit BBQ – Mason, TN

With this post I continue blogging about some of our wonderful US Highways as I strive to avoid the interstates in my travels. In June, I took a trip to Galveston, Texas for a family reunion. The entire length of the trip was predominantly US Highways or State Highways as I made my way to Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and then southern Texas.

Route to Memphis from Lexington via Russellville, KY and US Route 79

Route to Memphis…

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Three Texas Giants - Giant Statues of Southern Texas

Three Texas Giants – Giant Statues of Southern Texas

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Sumoflam with the 76 foot tall Stephen F. Austin Statue in Angleton, Texas

Texas is the home to three giant free standing statues, all of which exceed 70 feet in height (including the pedestal/base).

This puts these giants in the top seven tallest monuments in the United States.

The tallest of the three is the “Tribute to Courage” statue of Sam Houston, located in Huntsville, Texas.  This one…

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The Two Towers of Paris - Tennessee and Texas

The Two Towers of Paris – Tennessee and Texas

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A Tale of Two Towers

This is a tale of Two Towers – both in a place named Paris, but one is in Tennessee and the other in Texas. The map below shows that they are about 8 hours away from each other.

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Paris, TN and Paris, TX – Home of the battling Two Towers

There are seventeen towns in the U.S. with the name of Paris (and one in Ontario, Canada as well — and I lived there for a while).  I have…

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Taking the Long Way Home from Nebraska - 800 miles in a day

Taking the Long Way Home from Nebraska – 800 miles in a day

Clouds over Concordia

Giant Clouds over Concordia, Missouri

The best and worst part of a long road trip is the coming home part.  Its always nice to be at home in my own bed after a grueling trip across the country.  But, it is bittersweet.  All of the adventures, sights, sounds and exhilaration are behind me.  The last leg of the trip is usually on the Interstates to get home as quickly as possible (with a few brief…

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From Cody to Carhenge with a Jackalope in-between

From Cody to Carhenge with a Jackalope in-between

DSC_7698After a marvelous time in the mountains of Wyoming and Montana, it was time to head east through the high deserts of Wyoming and across Nebraska and eventually back home to Kentucky.

Map of trip from Cody to Grand Island, Nebraska

Map of trip from Cody to Grand Island, Nebraska

After a restful evening at the Moose Creek Lodgein Cody, Wyoming, I was ready to hit the road running early the next morning. I had visited Cody in 2013 and so I didn’t…

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Aug 2

Carhenge: One of America’s Premier “Car Art” Sites

Carhenge: One of America’s Premier “Car Art” Sites

DSC_7745In late May of this year I finally had an opportunity to hit one of my “Bucket List” sites – Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. This “Car Art” site (see my post on Car Art from last August) ranks up there with the other well known sites, Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo, Texas and the former “Spindle” (Cars on a Spike) by Dustin Shuler that was displayed at Cermak Plaza in Berwyn, Illinois until May 2008.

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