Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Scenes from Old Highway 80

I'd like to thank our gracious hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for taking the time to host our "Outdoor Wednesdays." Be sure and visit Susan today and read her interesting post on Stone Mountain, Georgia.

For my "Outdoor Wednesday" post today, I'd like to share a few pictures I took on a recent trip to Shreveport, Louisiana. The first ones are of the Mardi Gras Museum, located on old Highway 80 west of Shreveport, and feature some of the floats peeking out of their storage buildings.

We traveled old Highway 80 from Shreveport to Arcadia, Louisiana, and I was pleased to capture these two dusty old cars in a storage shed beside the road (one is a Cadillac [first photo], and I couldn't identify the other one). They are probably quite valuable, especially the Cadillac ...


If you ever have a chance to travel old Highway 80, I think you would enjoy it. Every now and then you come across remnants of history from the days before interstates ... like deserted old gas stations with gas prices less than $2.00 a gallon, and deserted old motels with their faded neon signs. And, if you're lucky, you might even see an eagle perching on a pole beside the road like this one I captured with my camera on another Highway 80 adventure ...

If you would like to read about "the day we saw the eagle," click here.

19 comments:

debbie said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Southern Lady,
what a quaint post and the picture of the Eagle is sooooo awesome...a lifetime shot.
I was catching up on some of your posts and I loved the post about the movie "Taking Chances"
I did not see the movie but your review makes me really want to see it.
hugs
debbie

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great pictures, I love the ones of the dusty old cars.

I just recently found Outdoor Wednesday's and I am enjoying seeing all the new blogs and all the different photo's

Blessings
Robin

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

80 is a great highway to travel to see glimpsies of the past.
I enjoyed traveling it with you.
Molly

Smilingsal said...

Highway 80 is where we found our most precious dog many years ago. He was a miniature dachshund, and he was all alone, trotting down the road, with no houses anywhere in sight. My daughter got him for us, and he lived fifteen years as king of the castle with us.

Janie's World said...

Those Mardi Gras statue/parade things are so scary to look at out of context. I see them in a horror movie or a Stephen King novel! (no offense, they just remind me of that). I love your picture of the old dusty car and the one of the eagle is amazing.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Janie! Look at all the sites along US 80! Love the old cars! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Mary said...

What a wonderful glimpse of the past. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful day.

printersdevil said...

Thank you for sharing this fun trip. I would love to see the Mardi Gras parades some year.

Crystal said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday! It looks like you had a great time on Highway 80. Those floats look pretty awesome. Would like to go to Mardi Gra someday, just to see the parades. Have you ever been? My one boss was from Louisiana, he would always bring in a King cake.
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

stefanie said...

great photos, thanks for sharing!!!!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Janie,
Your photographs are stunning, the floats are so colorful, and I imagine the old cars could tell some great stories. I love to ride through the country and take pictures such as these. I also clicked on the eagle story, and so enjoyed it you were very lucky that he stayed for his picture to be taken. Thank you for sharing I so enjoyed my visit. Blessings,
sue

Beth at Aunties said...

Janie,

You once more found facinating history to share. Highway 80 would be a wonderful drive. I love the picture of the magnificent Eagle! I haven't clicked on the story yet and will do so as soon as I am finished with this comment.

Thanks for your visit! My English was so bad on my OW post!...when I read through it this morning, I shuddered! ;) It was late last night when I wrote the post. I had had been caring for my FIL at the senior living center.
I need your blogging for dummies.
Beth ~ :-)

Picket said...

Hey girl....I love road trips like that..especially seeing old cars tucked away and remains from times past like that..the eagle pic was glorious!

I have not seen that movie yet but I have always thought Kevin Bacon was a great actor...

Thanks for coming by today and I hope all is well on your side of the mountain my friend! Have a great week.

Cindy said...

That is so neat the pics of the Mardi Gras Museum, so colorful and interesting! I love the eagle pic, that is an awesome site. Love your blog too, I'll be back, Cindy

char72 said...

I love to travel down old highways like this. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
Charlotte

Cottage Rose said...

Oh my gosh; what a wonderful collection of photos. I just love the Eagle one just amazing.

Hugs;
Alaura

2Thinks said...

Wonderful photos! I'm always curious what camera people are using- to try to drum up inspiration for myself that I, too, may one day be able to get some shots like theirs. I'm just beginning my photography lifestyle w/a new point and shoot.

Love the eagle! Going now to read about it.
Heidi

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great photos! thanks for sharing & happy OW. Have a great day too!

Merisi said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this dream-like journey through a beautiful stretch of country! I enjoyed your images full of whimsy (oh that rusty car!) and the Bald Eagle adventure of last October!