2. We did see some funny billboards on our travels, though, and some that just captured the essense of the country we were passing. For instance:
In the middle of Missouri: Heads up Taxidermy
Somewhere in Kansas: The 2nd Friendliest Yarn store in the Universe (Begs the question: Who's the most friendly?)
And all through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, there were barbecue restaurant signs, something we don't see out west. And biscuits. The closer we got to Appalachia, the more biscuits were featured as hot items on restaurant menus. I guess we don't go for biscuits so much in Colorado. (Though, I personally LOVE me a good biscuit...)
3. We saw this one (tho the picture's off the internet) on the side of the road outside of Kansas City, MO, but it didn't occur to me at the time what the statement was. Duh. Just a little point to be made about our president.
We didn't see the following billboards, but they also apparently decorate the roadsides of Missouri:
4. Then there was just the natural beauty. The rolling hills and trees of Missouri. The big beautiful barns dotting the farmland that patchworks Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Then the beautiful, soft mountains of Appalachia through eastern Kentucky, West Virgina and western Virginia. I grew up in the midatlantic, so these are the mountains I know from my childhood. Certainly, they aren't as majestic and awesome as our Rockies; there are no snow-covered peaks or soaring rock cliffs in the Appalachians. But you can feel the history of the mountains here. You can smell it in the air. The landscape is softened and deepened by it. But you can also sense the poverty of this region. And it's a sad thing to see, but, in a way, I think it's preserved the natural beauty. Money has a way of taking over a place. If you've ever driven through Vail Valley, you know what I mean. We have valleys full of condos and lodges and swank hotels, ringed at night with twinkling strings of lights in the trees year-round, but we almost never see anything like this where we come from: