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Highway 6 Between Tonopah and Ely

Highway 6 Between Tonopah and Ely

by — One chilly summer morning I encountered this gentleman and his burro traveling west on U.S. Highway 6 toward Tonopah, NV. The burro was pulling a cart loaded with their belongings.

  • Desert Pool
    by 50
  • Ostrich Farm
    by 36
  • TRANSPORTATION
    by 23
  • Fish food for thought
    by 22
  • Shoe Tree
    by 16
  • Trickster
    by 13
  • Bureaucrats
    by 12
  • Three-D Christmas
    by 11
  • lane county fair
    by 9
  • Triple Jeopardy
    by 8
  • DONT TOUCH MY HAT
    by 8
  • Bisbee storefront
    by 7
  • Fair Fashion
    by 7
  • Pawnee Pass
    by 7
  • COLD BEER
    by 6
  • Estacada "Mixed-Use"
    by 6
  • The Standoff
    by 6
  • Beaverhead Rock vs. A Stuffed Beaver's Head
    by 6
  • Carnastoga & The Fourd Seasons
    by 5
  • Good Cop
    by 5
  • Bishop Castle
    by 5
  • Bi-wheelial Ghost
    by 5
  • All Things are Relative on the Salt
    by 5
  • Drop on in
    by 5
  • Visitor's committee Owen's Valley
    by 5
  • Tea Party gathering Prescott Valley, AZ
    by 5
  • Kinetic sculpture
    by 5
  • Wildlife Management in South Dakota
    by 4
  • Howdy from Fairplay
    by 4
  • Can You Hear Me Now?
    by 4
  • Ghost Town! Bodie Abode
    by 4
  • Mirror Image
    by 4
  • Monkey Shine
    by 4
  • Scarcely a blade of grass for miles
    by 4
  • Buck on a Porch
    by 4
  • Water Tank Art
    by 4
  • The Opportunist
    by 3
  • Jesus and Rattlesnakes
    by 3
  • Is this Oregon or Peru?
    by 3
  • T-Rex Busting Out
    by 3
  • Hunting for coyotes
    by 3
  • alone at last
    by 3
  • Cowgirl and Cowboy
    by 3
  • Nature is dangerous
    by 3
  • Tourism
    by 3
  • cactus encounter
    by 3
  • Actual Colorado Jackaloupe
    by 3
  • Funky House
    by 3
  • North Dakota road art
    by 3
  • Punkin' Head
    by 2
  • Yuha Gothic
    by 2
  • missed the bus
    by 2
  • Entertainment
    by 2
  • Too Wierd
    by 2
  • "fishworms and cottage cheese"
    by 2
  • The Flats
    by 2
  • The Contraption
    by 2
  • Desert Dolly
    by 1
  • Family Values
    by 1
  • You haven't seen everything
    by 1
Desert Pool

Desert Pool

Abandoned campground pool on interstate 40 in Arizona.

Ostrich Farm

Ostrich Farm

Shady looking ostrich farm/tourist trap near the Petrified Forest in Holbrook, Arizona.

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION

Black Rock Desert Nevada Burning Man Festival Transportation Got to be ready.

Fish food for thought

Fish food for thought

The "Chubettes" celebrate the virtual breaching of Glen Canyon dam

Shoe Tree

Shoe Tree

On route 50, northern Nevada.

Trickster

Trickster

Wheeler County, Ore.

Bureaucrats

Bureaucrats

Late 1970s in San Luis Valley...

Three-D Christmas

Three-D Christmas

Barbara and Nick looking through 3-D glasses at a book on the Canyons of the Wasatch and Salt Lake area.

Triple Jeopardy

Triple Jeopardy

Highway 99, Roseburg, Ore.

DONT TOUCH MY HAT

DONT TOUCH MY HAT

Working cowboys "Arlo" and "Big Bub" share a lighter moment between chores outside the bunkhouse on the Ross Ranch, Flagstaff AZ

Bisbee storefront

Bisbee storefront

Wonder what they did with all that nautical gear in the middle of the desert...

Fair Fashion

Fair Fashion

Pig wrestling contestant, Teton County Fair, Jackson, WY

Pawnee Pass

Pawnee Pass

Western Slope of the Pawnee Pass over the Continental Divide in Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado.

COLD BEER

COLD BEER

Took this shot back in 1988, Barstow CA - though you'd swear it's 1963. I'll be darned if you can't find yourself a cold one, even out in the middle of nowhere.

Estacada "Mixed-Use"

Estacada "Mixed-Use"

Highway commercial, Estacada, Ore.

The Standoff

The Standoff

After zipping down some fast single-track near Fruita, Colorado our ride came to a screeching halt when this lone cow stood her ground determined that we should be the ones to mmmoooove .

Beaverhead Rock vs. A Stuffed Beaver's Head

Beaverhead Rock vs. A Stuffed Beaver's Head

The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed Beaverhead Rock near Dillon MT in July 1805. It was named Beaverhead Rock because it resembles the profile of a beaver swimming. Well, we were driving by 200 years later and happened to have Liam, our stuffed "good luck" beaver in the car. So, we decided to make Liam swim in the air and hold our beaver's head next to Beaverhead Rock to see if it really does look like a beaver. It sure did! Mission Accomplished.

Carnastoga & The Fourd Seasons

Carnastoga & The Fourd Seasons

Alliance, NB - Carhenge Additional car sculptures include The Carnastoga The Fourd Seasons - representing the 4 stages of wheat grown in the area

Good Cop

Good Cop

An officer from the Kootenai County Sherrif's Dept. is a good sport during Pig in the Park celebration, Harrison, Idaho.

Bishop Castle

Bishop Castle

A "work of art" over 100 feet tall featuring a fire-breathing dragon's head, turrets, dizzying walkways, and lots of attitude. (near Beulah, CO)

Bi-wheelial Ghost

Bi-wheelial Ghost

An installation next to Rhyolite, NV. Rhyolite is an amazing ghost town just outside of Beatty, NV.

All Things are Relative on the Salt

All Things are Relative on the Salt

Distance is relative in the west

Drop on in

Drop on in

...to the wooden spoon shop in East Glacier, MT.

Visitor's committee  Owen's Valley

Visitor's committee Owen's Valley

These mules are pack animals; quite domesticated. They were as curious about me as I was about them.

Tea Party gathering Prescott Valley, AZ

Tea Party gathering Prescott Valley, AZ

The weird summer of 2010 in Arizona, aside from everything else, is seeing the growth of the white angry seniors of the Yavapai County Tea Party.

Kinetic sculpture

Kinetic sculpture

An entry in the 2005 Kinetic Sculpture race in Eureka, CA. Designed and constructed by Duane Flatmo and friends.

Wildlife Management in South Dakota

Wildlife Management in South Dakota

A billboard along highway 90.

Howdy from Fairplay

Howdy from Fairplay

The town of Fairplay having fun with the fact a popular cartoon is named after their recontructed mining town South Park City.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

This public phone booth, surrounded by the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene in summer, can be accessed by foot during the winter months. It's not really hooked up, but it attracts attention and wonder among tourists.

Ghost Town! Bodie Abode

Ghost Town! Bodie Abode

Bodie Ghostown, in Northeast Washington. There's ghosts in them thar hills!

Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Driving through Stevens Pass to Eastern WA, I stopped at a deserted campground on the side of the road, and caught this optical illusion shop. Quiet, a tad bit creepy, weird - but very cool!

Monkey Shine

Monkey Shine

A slackline setup at dusk in Joshua Tree National Park

Scarcely a blade of grass for miles

Scarcely a blade of grass for miles

An "Open Grazing" sign along a highway in slickrock country.

Buck on a Porch

Buck on a Porch

This picture was taken from the inside of our Tuolumne River guide house, Groveland, CA.

Water Tank Art

Water Tank Art

On state route 50, in northern Nevada.

The Opportunist

The Opportunist

Prickly pear cactus growing in crotch of a cottonwood tree, Arizona

Jesus and Rattlesnakes

Jesus and Rattlesnakes

Entrance to the grotto at St. Joseph Cemetery near Spokane, which includes rock gardens and a miniature castle.

Is this Oregon or Peru?

Is this Oregon or Peru?

Llamas love the beach too!

T-Rex Busting Out

T-Rex Busting Out

In Granger, WA; the town decided some time ago to festoon itself with dinosaurs

Hunting for coyotes

Hunting for coyotes

A city slicker searching for the illusive desert coyote

alone at last

alone at last

finally some quiet after driving 30 miles off road {blackrock desert}

Cowgirl and Cowboy

Cowgirl and Cowboy

Watching the fun at the Butte National Folk Festival July 2010

Nature is dangerous

Nature is dangerous

Protecting the tourists at Yellowstone National Park

Tourism

Tourism

A rare chipmunk captures the attention of all near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

cactus encounter

cactus encounter

Mom removes spines following a cactus encounter in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

Actual Colorado Jackaloupe

Actual Colorado Jackaloupe

You've heard the rumors of the Jack rabbit / antelope cross...and here it is. Honest ;-)

Funky House

Funky House

House in Bisbee, AZ

North Dakota road art

North Dakota road art

A 100 foot tall sculpture out in western North Dakota.

Punkin' Head

Punkin' Head

Craig Childs with his selection from the pumpkin patch riding on his shoulder.

Yuha Gothic

Yuha Gothic

SCA Desert Restoration Corps interns after work on a hot June day in California's Yuha Desert near the US/Mexico Border

missed the bus

missed the bus

waiting for the jeep to return to pick us up in the blackrock desert

Entertainment

Entertainment

Winding down in Gardiner, Montana.

Too Wierd

Too Wierd

can't even explain it!

"fishworms and cottage cheese"

"fishworms and cottage cheese"

Naturopathic health store in Pima, Arizona, circa 2000.

The Flats

The Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where 160 years ago the Donner Party's wagons became stuck in the salt, and on which today are held competitions of speed.

The Contraption

The Contraption

Ranchyard grain elevator in the California coast range.

Desert Dolly

Desert Dolly

Child's doll sitting on the desert ground against a tire.

Family Values

Family Values

The sign for a convenience store in Tucson

You haven't seen everything

You haven't seen everything

You haven't seen everything until you've seen Nothing, AZ. Hwy 93 between Phoenix and I40

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