Americana on the Road

Added Note – I have been putting this post together for awhile and with current events canceling plans, this has become memories of road trips from the past and anticipation of future trips to come. 

I usually don’t blog about anything other than gardening, but I came across some interesting things while traveling back and forth across the country the last few years. I thought I would combine them into a post.

At the airport, someone had lent President Bush a hat for the hot sunny day ahead.

On a marble pedestal under the exit sign and fire alarm,  Ben was watching the comings and goings at the restrooms.

(Ben Franklin was an American founding father)

At a highway rest stop we found an entire passenger train car.  The rest stop workers were not happy with a train taking up all the spaces and sent them on their way.

What? Apparently it was once high tech.

Yes, pay phones exist.

In Mississippi someone just got tired of being asked “Where are we?”.

There are no photos to go with these experiences, but at another rest stop in Tennessee an older gentleman was playing guitar and singing.  At a hotel in the same state, the young woman that set up the buffet was singing hymns in a crystal clear voice.


A classic American Fourth of July day ended on a village green with The Repasz Band playing patriotic songs. The band  is the oldest continuous band in America and also played at the surrender at Appomattox.

I can image that a rest stop worker lovingly made this pergola and added the sign to the bench.  Potted flowers reflected the season.

The bench faced a tree of handmade birdhouses.

The porta pots were at the very, very far end of the parking lot. It could be quite a cold experience in the winter.

This turnpike rest stop really went all out with the decorations.  I know for a fact that the tabletop trees were used in other years.  Empty Cinnabon boxes and Coke ads finished off the decor.

Decorations also included a large Santa and tree.  It was all really festive for the weary traveler.

So far this year, we had to cancel three road trips and a flight. A family wedding and graduation had to be missed.  Hopefully before long, we will all be able to follow the road to the rainbow’s end.

Peeping Peeper

I spotted this peeper peeking into a window on this rainy day.  It is actually a tree frog that found some shelter from stormy Imelda.

A Mid-Winter’s Love Story


Frosty only had eyes for Ava.


But Ava played coy.  Frosty’s heart started to melt and finally gained Ava’s attention.


Ava gave Frosty a hug and then to Frosty’s surprise, a great big smooch!


The End and the Beginning


Sweet Gum Tree


Yaupon Holly


Chinese Tallow


The end of one season is the beginning of the next.  The leaves are gone, but the trees will decorate themselves with their hope for next season.  The seeds attract birds and squirrels that eat their fill and assist to disperse the rest.  As many plants rest, beauty can still be found in their end efforts.

Feeling Different

This bloom popped up in a patch of Black- Eyed Susans. The Black- Eyed Susans are perfect for the Automatic Garden and  reseed on their own every year.  The “different” flower is a surprise gift as there are none like it anywhere in the garden.

Not -So- Pretty . . . Patience Is Needed the Automatic Garden


Cone Flower


Blue Bonnet

To reseed the automatic garden, patience is required.  Plants must go through a not- so -pretty phase until their seeds are ripened.  Nature usually does a good job at starting the seeds, but it is always a good idea to collect a few just in case.

The Glory of the Morning

The beginning of a  new day in the garden.

A new plant emerges, a new leaf unfurls, a new flower blooms.