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RiverCat Journal : Apache Boulevard

Posted by on February 24, 2013

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Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa

I really like old business signs — particularly roadside motels.  I think it’s because they are icons of inns that have decades of history and the uniqueness.   I always find them very intriguing.  I suppose I’ve also developed a fondness for them during my years as a traveling poker player when, if I couldn’t find a Motel 6 to accommodate Jeepers* I’d have to search these roadside inns.  While some people might look at these motels as “dumps” I actually get very nostalgic and look at the signs as if they’re vintage business cards, relics from a bygone era.  Call me crazy…

My first installment of these motel signs were when I was in Vegas last year.  These signs are only a few blocks away on Apache Boulevard.  My new bicycle afforded me the opportunity to cruise around and take a few snapshots (Crash Test Dummy* is still out of commission)…

apache boulevard, bakers acre








apache boulevard, lazy 8

apache boulevard, desert rest








apache boulevard, western lodge

Of course, knowing that you’re looking at pictures of  “rustic” lodges in the big city, you might assume this is sort of a bad neighborhood.  Well — it’s not for children.  But you’d be surprised to know that interspersed between some of the less reputable establishments are a couple decent RV parks and some very high-end student apartments.  It’s a very strange mix — and quite a melting pot of people at various “stations in life.”

Today it is very windy.  I have plenty on the list:  Propane, laundry, and my poker blog for starters.  I’m then going to work on my kitchen curtains, which I did manage to find someone to cut-to-size yesterday.  I’m then going to work on the “Jeepers* Adoption Project” a bit.  And to round off the evening, I’ll begin construction of my new small business website.

2 Responses to RiverCat Journal : Apache Boulevard

  1. pat

    Lot’s of neon on Main St/Apache Blvd. The ‘Diving Lady’ blew down in a wind storm, but is now back up. See it at night for the full neon effect. It’s at Main, just west of Lindsay.

    See all the Main Street neon here:

    • RiverCat

      Hi Pat! I’m not quite in shape enough to get far down Main…I’m working on it!

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