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Roadbed Tributes & Weston Digs A Big Hat

July 25, 2014

   On the road from Vidal, California to 29 Palms, highway 62 parallels railroad tracks for about ten miles. the entire stretch has rock and wood tributes along the rail roadbed. Pretty amazing.

Roadbed graffiti along Highway 62 between Vidal, California and Iron Mountain

Drove into San Berdu, Glendora, Arcadia and Pasadena on old Route 66. Landed at Deena from Pasadena at about 11:30 and immediately got to playing with a certain grandson.

Weston looks like just maybe he'd like a bigger hat?

Okay, it's official: Weston totally digs the bigger hat.

Tom Bell, his wife and their dog, are coming in from the LAX and we're meeting them for Mexican food. T. Charles says it going to be All Mexican All The Time, until he leaves on Sunday for a teaching gig in Thailand.

"You can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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Comment by Jim Morris on July 25, 2014 at 1:37pm
Handsome young buckaroo. Great hat.
Comment by Ed Wager on July 25, 2014 at 2:13pm

Make sure he knows ...

... don't need to be a Cowboy

... to wear a hat

I was feeling real good and real manly.Until a real cowboy walked by and told me I had my hat on backwards.So much for my career as a cowboy.
  - Michael Biehn

Comment by Jim Morris on July 25, 2014 at 2:20pm
Seen a few with hats on backwards. Didn't have the heart to tell them.:-)
Comment by Gay Mathis on July 25, 2014 at 7:12pm

Weston has grown so much and so cute with his big hat..

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on July 25, 2014 at 8:05pm

Handsome little feller--what do you expect with who is Grandpa is?  NOW HE HAD AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS  "PROPER"  HAT!!!

Comment by Sue Cauhape on July 25, 2014 at 10:12pm

A stretch of Highway 50 east of Fallon NV also has personal tributes, etc., made from rocks on the playa. There must be dozens of such places throughout our great land. Also, there are two shoe trees in Nevada ... the kind where folks stop and mark their passage by throwing a pair of shoes into the tree, leaving them to hang there for all to see. Anybody else know of shoe trees in their states?

Comment by Sue Cauhape on July 25, 2014 at 10:13pm
Comment by Bob Boze Bell on July 26, 2014 at 6:28am

I think you've hit on something Sue. Weird travel traditions.

Comment by Margaret-Anne Moore on July 26, 2014 at 11:06am

Sue and Bob, I had heard that the  "Shoe"  tree may well have been used as a memorial to loved ones who had died.  Many years ago, during our first trip into Arizona, my Parents and I notice white cross grave markers along the sides of many roads.  We thought it was unusual that families would have buried relatives in such places.  We also saw photos of migrant agricultural workers who stopped and knelt and prayed at some of these markers.  Some time later, we learned that the markers had been placed there by transportation authorities to show to other motorists the sites were fatal automobile accidents had occurred--all of the white cross markers were located at places where there had been accidents where somebody had died!

Comment by Sue Cauhape on July 26, 2014 at 7:57pm

Here in Carson Valley, there are three large memorial crosses/markers dedicated to the people who died there. They are very specific to the person. The transportation department took one down that was getting kind of raggedly looking, but it was soon replaced by bright, fresh, silk flowers and memorial placard. One that gets to me is a cross dedicated to a young man who T-boned an SUV that crossed his path. He was riding a motorcycle. The woman driving the SUV was texting/talking on her cell phone and blew through the stop sign.

Meanwhile, there were several attempts by a few people, including a Biker club, to place a marker where a little girl's body was dumped. The details of her death are grisly and justice was not carried out because her murdered killed himself before trial. The transportation dept. however, came up with all sorts of reasons a marker could not be placed.

These modern-day markers, especially if the history of them is kept in tact, are informal yet important pieces of history, just as much so as the remnants left behind by others who have passed along the roads of our country.


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