Small Towns in Central Utah (day 2)

It seems I’m impossibly behind with the blog & Flickr.  But I will try to do a little catching up here and there.  If it rains or I get sucky weather, I’ll dig in at the computer to get out of this rut.  Tonight, I’m in Ogden — on the night of day 4.   Things are going very well and I should start the Idaho portion of the trip tomorrow.  But right now — let’s get back to the very recent past.

Let’s start out with this batch from Beaver:


I’m thinking that star or snowflake was probably a later add-on — and who know what color the sign was originally:



Another one from Beaver — multi-media with multi details:  flag, fonts, plastic and neon:



This painted wooden sign hangs in front of Beaver Sport & Pawn:



Like so many theatres in small town America, the Beaver Theatre has been closed for a while with ever-changing businesses in the wings:



Moving on to Milford:



Next door to the hotel:



A really interesting faded double layer of paint.  It appears the green was first:



Some signs from Cedar City:

I’m betting the lights on top flashed — maybe even the bulbs around the sign panels as well:



On to Fillmore — nice painted wood pair of pizza chefs flippin’ pizzas:



There was neon and better graphics originally — but this is still cute, nevertheless.  The character was probably meant to be yawning and stretching but it looks more like he’s about to box with someone:



From Salina.  I actually bought two slices of pie — one for then and one for the next day.  But Nik got the chocolate cream and left me with the cherry pie.  Long story but a cop had parked behind me to complain that I wasn’t all the way over inside the white line.  I explained that I only was taking a photo but then on impulse, ran inside to get the pie.  Anyhow, the cop let me go after many long minutes on his cruiser radio — but I paid a heavy price!  Nik had chocolate all over his face so it was clear who the culprit was.  For a nearly blind dog, his sense of smell has been escalated.  He normally rides in the very back of the van — but he’s been up front most of the day now waiting for me to screw up again.





From Gunnison:



From Mount Pleasant.  I assume this is “real” (vintage not reconstructed or fantasy) — way up high on the top of a building:



A trifecta from downtown Helper:

Another corner in Helper:

A strange mix of tile and cinderblock:



From Price — a cheap overlay on the face of the silver dollar has mostly peeled away:



Last one for the night — the Commercial Club from Duchesne.  The bottom reads “Sportsman’s Hdqtrs”:



After Duchesne, it was a long, long mountainous drive back to civilization (Richfield for the night).  I think I answered a few emails and cropped a few photos before passing out.

I’ll try to get another post out tomorrow night.
Take care,


4 thoughts on “Small Towns in Central Utah (day 2)

    • Thanks! I’m very curious to see how the photos from yesterday in Ogden came out. I was really battling with clouds and diffused light.

      I’ve been calling Nik “Chocolate Boy” since the incident. Why couldn’t he have gone for the cherry instead?

  1. Well you answered one of my questions I was thinking about as I catch up on your journey – which was, do you eat a lot of “roadfood” along the way? I know you’ve occasionally mentioned snacks of note, but can’t believe that is all you would eat all day!

    Another thing – where do you stay? Is there a hotel chain that is amenable to all of your pups? I know how hard it is to find lodging in vintage places that isn’t completely scary or dangerous, so I assume you’re not staying in most of the places you’re shooting 🙂

    • Roadfood: I ate a LOT of ice cream and shakes on this trip. I think I gained five pounds. At home, I’m vegan — but on the road, I’m allowing myself dairy. I basically try to keep things on the cheap and fast. I stock up on nuts, fruit, bread, hummus, avocados, tomatoes, etc. at a supermarket and make a couple sandwiches in the morning. I’m on a budget since I’m spending massive amounts of money on gas. And I don’t want to waste any daylight when I could be shooting.

      Motels: Most mom & pops don’t take pets. Certainly not four dogs! Or they charge a fortune — like $20 per dog. And really, you have to worry about bed bugs & I’m not into stains on bedspreads or crappy TVs or making conversation with the desk people. I’d rather have the impersonal chains than the friendly folks after a long day on the road.

      Motel 6 & Red Roof Inns coast-to-coast take dogs & don’t charge. Motel 6s are cheaper and more plentiful so that’s usually my pick. You can usually book at the last minute. Since I never know how far I’ll get that day, it’s usually a late afternoon decision. But I’m comfy in my van, too, and can rough it easily and just stay at a truck stop or whatever. Lodging and food are pretty low priority concerns for me — it’s all about getting as many good photos as I humanly can.

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