Every picture tells a story. Those who follow my many blogs and trip journals know that I take hundreds of photos. Unlike my travel blogs, the intent of this blog is to highlight some of my more “artsy” and/or “unique” photos from around the US and Canada. There won’t be any huge buffalos or twine balls or strange restaurants. Rather, I intend to show the beauty and interest of places. I hope you enjoy this diversion. Watch soon for photos…one post at a time.
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Synchronicity on a Saturday Night: UK Basketball & Antsy McClain

Synchronicity on a Saturday Night: UK Basketball & Antsy McClain

UK and Antsy McClain

UK and Antsy McClain

This is a true story of unusual events that happened in April 5, 2014. I take no real meaning from it, but there were notable coincidences that make for a fun story. Indeed, Synchronicity was there.

SynchronicitySynchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, where they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence. The…

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Creating a Successful April Fools Prank

Creating a Successful April Fools Prank

SloofLirpa1Yesterday was April Fools Day 2014. Pranks run rampant everywhere, from the home to big pranks by Google, NPR and others (see this Entertainment Weekly post for some of them).  I sought to try to pull one off yesterday as well, and, by all appearances, it seemed to work….  Here is what I learned about a successful April Fools Prank….

G-Mail April Fools 2011

G-Mail April Fools 2011

Make It Plausible

You want to make a…

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March Madness and Colonel Crazies!

March Madness and Colonel Crazies!

A Colonel Crazy

A Colonel Crazy

March is the time of year for Basketball Tournaments – we all know about the NCAA National Championships – the brackets, the wildness, the March Madness.  But, these trickle down to other levels as well.  And I have been fortunate to be a participant of these at many levels.

Sumoflam at KHSAA Sweet 16

Sumoflam at KHSAA Sweet 16

Last week I worked with my friends at PrepSpin.comto assist in broadcasting the…

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Loving Nature - Nature as seen through the camera lens

Loving Nature – Nature as seen through the camera lens

A Canadian Goose lands in the lake

A Canadian Goose lands in the lake (Lexington, KY)

As I have traveled the country and even remained at home, I have fallen in love with nature and the glorious creations of God.  Despite my penchant for visiting quirky and offbeat roadside attractions, it is the wonders of nature that enthrall me on the road and even in my own home town.

A bee doing its job with the lilacs in my back yard

A bee doing its job with the lilacs in my back yard

Back in…

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Tui Snider’s “Unexpected Texas”

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a repost from my Less Beaten Paths Travel Blog in promotion of my friend Tui Snider and her new book “Unexpected Texas”]

Tui Snider - author of "Unexpected Texas"

Tui Snider - author of “Unexpected Texas” (courtesy of Tui Snider)

Throughout my time as a travel blogger I have had the opportunity to correspond and exchange notes with many other travel bloggers who are also find of the offbeat and quirky. One of those with whom I have worked with often is Tui Snider, from Azle, Texas. Tui is a freelance writer and travel blogger specializing in offbeat sites, overlooked history, cultural traditions, and quirky travel destinations. Her articles and photos have appeared in BMIbaby, easyJet, Wizzit, Click, Ling, PlanetEye Traveler, iStopover, SkyEurope, and North Texas Farm and Ranch magazines, among others. She also wrote the shopping chapter for the “Time Out Naples: Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast 2010” travel guidebook. Unexpected Texas is her first book.

Unexpected Texas excerpt

Unexpected Texas excerpt (courtesy of Tui Snider)

First off, I am honored to have been asked to be a part of her “Blog Tour” and to help interested travelers find another valuable guide for seeing some of the more unusual and fun parts of our great country. (Also, some lucky viewers will won some nice prizes….see below for details!!) I have had a chance to peruse this book and it is really chock full of splendid places on back roads you never heard of. Having traveled 1000s of miles of Texas backroads myself, I know that this will likely be Tui’s first book, but not last, on the wonders of Texas.

Unexpected Texas Cover features the famous Cowboy Hat adorned Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas

Unexpected Texas Cover features the famous Cowboy Hat adorned Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas (photo courtesy of Tui Snider)

Some of the places, such as the Paris, Texas Eiffel Tower that adorns her cover are places I have been.

Sumoflam at Eiffel Tower in 2007

Sumoflam at Eiffel Tower in 2007 (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

Looking up at Eiffel Tower

Looking up at Eiffel Tower (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

For Tui, travel is a mindset. Her motto is “Even home is a travel destination," and she believes that "The world is only boring if you take everyone else’s word for it." She has worn a lot of hats in her life - literally - and is especially fond of berets. Her first book, "Unexpected Texas" is a guide to offbeat and overlooked places within easy reach of the Dallas - Fort Worth region of North Texas.

The Nutt House Hotel in Granbury Square, one of the locations covered in Tui Snider's book. The Nutt House Hotel in Granbury Square, one of the locations covered in Tui Snider’s book. (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

Tui provides a nice overview of the quirky, offbeat and even scary places around north Texas, sharing often overlooked travel tips for places within a day’s drive of Dallas and Fort Worth. Some of the quirkier chapters include details on how to visit the:

  • Gravesite of an alleged space alien.
  • Courthouse displaying an embalmed lizard in a velvet-lined casket.
  • Statue of Jesus wearing cowboy boots.
  • Museum commemorating the lynching of Santa Claus.
  • Life-sized wax replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
  • Building made entirely of salt.
  • 65 foot tall Eiffel Tower replica.
  • Petrified wood cafe.
  • World’s smallest skyscraper.
  • Only Michelangelo painting in America.

The Old Douglas Hotel in Mineral Wells, 1930s hotel to the stars (and Bonny and Clyde).  Covered by Tui Snider in her book

The Old Douglas Hotel in Mineral Wells, 1930s hotel to the stars (and Bonny and Clyde). Covered by Tui Snider in her book (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

Personally, I have driven hundreds of miles of roads in Texas and visited over 100 cities and towns, including a few of the places Tui covers in her book, such as Mineral Wells and the famous Douglas Hotel, where it was rumored that Bonnie and Clyde had stayed numerous times. I have also been to the Fort Worth Stockyards, Granbury, Denton, the Fossil Rim Animal Park and more. But I have barely scratched the surface in terms of the number of places Tui details in this great book!

Pecos Bill, the giant longhorn for photo ops at the Fort Worth Stockyards (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

Pecos Bill, the giant longhorn for photo ops at the Fort Worth Stockyards (photo by Sumoflam Productions)

If you are planning a trip to North Texas, then “Unexpected Texas" is a MUST HAVE Travel Guide for you. You can get it now at Amazon in soft copy or as an ebook.

Win this prize package from Tui Snider (photo courtesy of Tui Snider)

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As an author, Tui now has a page of her own on Amazon You can also find Tui all around the web. Feel free to drop by and say say hi: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel Blog Tui Snider’s Facebook Author Page Tui Snider’s awesome Instagram Page Tui’s Pinterest Page

Sumoflam LOVES visiting Texas!! Sumoflam LOVES visiting Texas!!

My Favorite Animal and Bird PhotographsAntelope scamper across the prairie in Eastern Montana
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My Favorite Animal and Bird Photographs

Antelope scamper across the prairie in Eastern Montana

Though I am mainly known for my travel blogs…

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