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Shoebox America, 1969


A few nostalgic moments from a cross-country road trip in the summer of 1969, the year the Mets lost last place.

These were culled from my too-large collection of scanned photos and negatives.5083Our beat-up Valiant, at a motel in Colorado Springs, near the Garden of the Gods, where the cringe-worthy by today's standards pictures below were made.


And some color images: the first one makes me think of William Least Heat Moon's book, Blue Highways, although his reference was to map-line color. Below it, a long shot of the Royal Gorge Bridge, near Cañon City, Colorado.


And, representing Kansas, this field, and the sunflower above.


Back when we were all young.


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The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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