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Back-to-School Lunch

August 31, 2012

Lunch BoxBoise, Idaho© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Boise, Idaho

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Git Western!

March 5, 2012
Helen DavisBurns, Oregon© jan albers | all rights reserved

© jan albers | all rights reserved

Helen Davis
Burns, Oregon

“Either of you named Jan?” A short, sturdy woman bounded out of the Harney County Historical Society building and headed to a station wagon parked in the small lot in front.

I got out of the car and acknowledged I was indeed Jan. “Good. I’m Helen,” she said. “Git your stuff and come with me. Take everything you need – we’re getting lunch and heading for the BLM.”

Helen Davis commandeered us with her energy and strength over the next 10 hours. Neatly dressed in a white blouse, a bow tie under her pleasant but determined face, wearing a lavender polyester pantsuit, she looked like a high school counselor and spoke like a woman of the West.

“Your letter came to the Historical Center. They tossed it to me and wondered if I’d like to follow it up. It intrigued me. I even looked to see where Highway 20 ends – found it in an old book, ending at the Naval Yards in Boston.”

She drove with purpose, outlining the places we would see that day: the Bureau of Land Management to meet Mark Armstrong; the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, to talk with Gary Ivey; the lava beds; the round barn erected by Peter French, once the area’s most successful rancher (until he was shot dead); the P Ranch and the Diamond Hotel.

But her first stop was the supermarket, where she went in for our lunches. Scanning my notes on Route 20, I could find none of the places she mentioned. Were they on the highway? Maybe she knew something I didn’t.

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Open Road

January 27, 2012

Heading West Toward the MountainsWyoming© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Heading West Toward the MountainsWyoming© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Wyoming

Nebraska Skyline

August 18, 2011

© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Hot Wheels

August 15, 2011

Webster City, Iowa© jan albers | all rights reserved
© jan albers | all rights reserved

Webster City, Iowa

Cruising downtown Webster City, Iowa.

Father’s Day Parade

July 12, 2011

Father's Day ParadeFreeport, Illinois© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Freeport, Illinois

Awaiting Miss Grapette

July 1, 2011

Waiting for the Harvest Parade--Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Grape Jamboree
Geneva, Ohio

‘Tis the season of fireworks and parades.

Jesus and the Flamingos

June 23, 2011

Jesus and the Flamingos© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Wyoming

Happy Father’s Day!

June 19, 2011

Father's Day ParadeFreeport, Illinois© jan albers | all rights reserved

Father’s Day Parade
Freeport, Illinois

Original Highway 20

May 31, 2011

A portion of the old highway still remains.© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Western Nebraska

A portion of the old highway still remains.


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