Louisiana Highway Cross Stitch Pattern

This Louisiana Highway cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!

louisiana highway cross stitch pattern

The stitched example, Highway 182, is a part of the Louisiana Bayou Byway, a scenic route between New Orleans and Lafayette. The website MyScenicDrives describes the Byway as “bayous, birds, and beignets.”

Stretches of Highway 182 were part of the “Old Spanish Trail,” an auto trail that stretched from St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California. There is an Old Spanish Trail 100 association that is organizing a cross-country motorcade in 2029 to celebrate the route’s one hundredth birthday. Their charter is to “locate, revitalize, and preserve the roadway, businesses, and historic sites of the original 1920’s Old Spanish Trail auto highway.” louisiana highway cross stitch pattern old spanish trail map

Whether you’re a Louisianan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Louisiana Highway cross stitch pattern and kit would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Pelican State.”

Louisiana is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado, Alaska, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, Utah, Montana, an Interstate sign, a US highway sign, and more are in the works. Until then, I hope you check out all the states and the other road sign patterns I’ve created – they’re a lot of fun!

US Highway Cross Stitch Pattern

This US Highway cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!

us highway cross stitch road sign

The pattern is based on real US highway signs. The stitched example, Highway 89, is a roughly 1250-mile stretch from the Montana-Canada border to Flagstaff, Arizona. It is nicknamed “The National Park Highway” as it links seven national parks including Glacier National Park in Montana, Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Utah, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It also provides access to numerous other national park areas including national monuments.Bryce Canyon

[Bryce Canyon by Suzanham via Flickr]

Another fascinating location along Highway 89 is Thistle, Utah. According to Wikipedia, it is “a ghost town that was destroyed by a lake resulting from a landslide in 1983.”Thistle, Utah

[Thistle, Utah by Rick Smith via Flickr]

The US numbered highway system was approved in 1926. Before then, “auto trails designated by auto trail associations were the main means of marking roads through the United States.” With names like the “Bee Line Highway,” “Glacier to Gulf Motorway,” and the “Old Spanish Trail,” these trails’ names definitely sound more romantic than their numerical replacements.

Route 66 is probably the best known of all the US Highways, although it was officially removed from the highway system in 1985. It spanned roughly 2450 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Before the numbered highway system, this path included parts of three trails: The Lone Star Route, the Ozark Trail, and the National Old Trails Road. It was the migration path for thousands of people during the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s and again during World War II. It inspired both a popular song, “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and a successful TV show in the 1960’s. Eventually, the growth of the Interstate Highway System rendered Route 66 obsolete, however many parts of the old roadway have been specially designated as “Historic Route 66” and set aside for preservation.Route 66 Hackberry (Arizona USA)

[Route 66 Hackberry (Arizona USA) by Perry Tak via Flickr]

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite highways. Create a reminder of a favorite drive or road trip with this US highway cross stitch pattern and kit!

This pattern is just the latest in a series of US and state highway sign patterns. Others in the series thus far include Colorado, Alaska, California, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, Washington, Montana, and an Interstate sign… Check ’em out!

Gypsy Ways Update 1 – USA West to East

After 10 days, 8 of which were on the road, and 3300 miles we reached Brooklyn, NY, the gateway to the next part of our adventure (more trip info here).

The drive from Southern California to Las Vegas is terribly uninteresting (except for the new Ivanpah Solar Power Project for us engineers), but after you pass Vegas, the geology and scenery start to get more intriguing.

I-15 passes through the northwest corner of Arizona, and there the road winds through the beautiful Virgin River Canyon.Interstate 15 Arizona -  Explore

 [Interstate 15 Arizona by Antonio Rino Gastaldi via Flickr] 

Note: You’ll have to pardon me for using many photos from Flickr. Most of the time, my simple camera just can’t do justice to the awesome scenery in front of it.

Just past St. George on the Arizona/Utah border, instead of continuing on I-15 N, we cut over toward Zion National Park and the charming little town of Springdale.

View of the beauty of Springdale, the entrance of Zion National Park

[Springdale, the entrance of Zion National Park by Marijke Clabots via Flickr]

From there we went north on US 89, which is a really great stretch of road, until we hit I-70 East.

At this point I should clarify that if we have the time, my husband and I vastly prefer driving on smaller roads rather than big 4-6 lane highways. You get to see much more of the character of the country on the “blue highways” rather than the more intense and less scenic US Interstates and European Motorways. However, when we have limited time and lots of miles to cover as we did now, we use the bigger roads.

To a geologist, I-70 in Utah is a real treat to behold. The rock formations are truly spectacular, and Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks are close. It really, truly, does look like this from the road:Black Dragon Valley

[Black Dragon Valley by arbyreed via Flickr] 

Shortly after you cross into Colorado, you go through Grand Junction, which has some beautiful mesas.  gypsy ways update 1 - Geology on I-70 near Grand Junction

To appeal to the engineers is the rest of I-70 to Denver, the most interesting part of which I think is near Glenwood Canyon. The eastbound and westbound lanes are two separate roads, which sometimes overlap each other. In the photo below, from left you see a train line, the river, a bike path, the eastbound lanes below and the westbound lanes above. It makes for great viewing if you’re a passenger. IMG_0731

 [I-70 in Glenwood Springs Canyon by Josh Hope via Flickr]

The rest of I-70 into Denver is a pretty drive as well, going over the steep Vail Pass at 10,662 feet, passing through the Eisenhower Tunnel, and then easing gradually down through Georgetown and Idaho Springs.

I-80, Western NebraskaUnfortunately, that’s most of the truly remarkable scenery in this first update. From the Interstates, the Colorado plains and western Nebraska generally look like this,

 

 

 

approaching lincolneastern Nebraska and Iowa generally look like this,

 

 

 

Illinois, Indiana, and western Ohio generally look like this,I-74

and eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey generally look like this.

Traffic Flow (2)

Then, all of a sudden, the trees are gone, and you’re in the middle of a dense urban jungle of warehouses, streets, and potholes, looking at the south end of Manhattan. From there to Brooklyn is a blur of tunnels and construction projects probably best left to the imagination… except that we did drive right by the base of the nearly completed One World Trade Center Tower, and that is impressive.Summer on the West Side Highway, Manhattan, NYC

 [Summer on the West Side Highway (September 2011) by Rob Gross via Flickr]

We’re in Brooklyn for a few days until the next part of Le Big Trip begins. Stay tuned!

(Here’s a link to the previous Update 0. And here’s the link to the next episode, Update 2)

Utah Cross Stitch Pattern – State Route Sign

This Utah cross stitch pattern and kit are the latest in my series of state highway road signs that are now available in my Etsy shop!Utah State Route Sign Cross StitchState Route 9 includes a drive through the stunning scenery of Zion National Park. I’ve been lucky enough to pass through this park a number of times – it is truly spectacular!
Zion National Park

[(One of the views from Route 9) Zion National Park by Bachspics via Flickr]

Zion National Park, Utah

[(Highway 9 through) Zion National Park by Hanneorla via Flickr]

Photos really can’t capture all the beauty of Zion National Park. I truly hope that you get to see this place for yourself!

Whether you’re an Utahn, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Utah cross stitch pattern and kit would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Beehive State.”

Utah is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado, AlaskaCalifornia, Texas, Washington, MichiganFlorida, New Mexico, and Georgia. After these 10 states, I’m going to put this series on hold for a while so that I can tackle some other fun ideas I’ve got floating around. Until then, I hope you check out all the states and the 15 other road sign patterns I’ve created – they’re a lot of fun!

What are some of your favorite places in Utah?

Georgia Cross Stitch Pattern – State Road Sign

This Georgia cross stitch pattern and kit are the latest in my series of state highway road signs that are now available in my Etsy shop!Georgia State Road Sign Cross Stitch
Historic Piedmont Scenic bywaysState Road 16 is a roughly 180 mile stretch of road running east/west through Georgia, part of which is included in the Historic Piedmont Scenic Byway.

 

 

 

 

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Georgia state roads, and there are some beautiful drives in the state.
Scenic Road in Blue Ridge, GA

[Scenic Road in Blue Ridge, GA by Clay Garrett via Flickr]

North Oconee River, Whitehall Mill, Clarke County, Georgia 1

 [North Oconee River by Alan Cressler via Flickr]

Whether you’re a Georgian, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Georgia cross stitch pattern and kit would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Peach State”

New Mexico is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of 2013), Alaska, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Florida, and New Mexico. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite places in Georgia?

New Mexico Cross Stitch Pattern – State Road Sign

This New Mexico cross stitch pattern and kit are the latest in my series of state highway road signs that are now available in my Etsy shop!

With Thanksgiving and the holidays coming up, my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat in the midst of all my prep work. However – I always keep on stitching new patterns!

New Mexico State Road Sign Cross Stitch

State Road 522 is a roughly 40 mile stretch of road between scenic Taos and the Colorado border. My husband and I drove on this road in the summer of 2013 after visiting Santa Fe. Was it the most scenic road in New Mexico? Honestly, no. But Taos is charming and the road north of it was a fun drive into Colorado.

taos-gorge4[Rio Grande Gorge in Taos by Casey Moore via Flickr]

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite New Mexico state roads, and there are some really beautiful drives in the state.
Taos Road, New Mexico Sunrise

 [New Mexico Sunrise by AdventureMike via Flickr]

Whether you’re a New Mexican, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this New Mexico cross stitch pattern and kit would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Land of Enchantment.”

New Mexico is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of 2013), Alaska, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, and Florida. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite places in New Mexico?

Florida Cross Stitch Pattern – State Road Sign

This Florida cross stitch pattern and kit are the latest in my series of state highway road signs that are now available in my Etsy shop!
Florida State Highway Sign Cross Stitch

A1AState Road A1A (Atlantic 1 Alternate) is a roughly 330 mile stretch of Florida coastline that starts in Key West and ends at Fernandina Beach, just south of the Georgia state line. It closely follows the Florida coast and is a designated National Scenic Byway. A1A also is the title of a Jimmy Buffett album, but that doesn’t have much to do with needlework…

 

 

A1A Sunrise[A1A Sunrise by Craig O’Neal via Flickr]

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Florida highways, and there are a ton of beautiful drives in the state.

I’ve enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of Key West. The warm water and the scenery make it a great place to visit.
KEY WEST SUNSET BOAT-0622

 [Key West Sunset by Boris Milan via Flickr]

Whether you’re a Floridian, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Florida cross stitch pattern and kit would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Sunshine State.”

Florida is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of 2013), AlaskaCaliforniaTexas, Washington, and Michigan. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite places in Florida?

Michigan Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Michigan cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!
Michigan State Highway Sign Cross Stitch

m-22-fallThe stitched example, Highway 22, is a scenic highway that runs for roughly 117 miles along the Lake Michigan shore, and passes through part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

[M 22 Scenic Highway Sign by Brandy Wheeler via Flickr]

 

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Michigan highways! Unfortunately, Michigan is one of the three states I haven’t set foot in yet, but I KNOW there are plenty of gorgeous roads in the state.

Road MI Grand Traverse County Cherry Blossoms Orchard DS 2006

[Grand Traverse County Cherry Blossoms by shutterbug816 via Flickr]

I’ve always been particularly fond of the author Jean Shepherd, in particular his book A Fistful of Fig Newtons. In the book is a short story, “The Mole People Battle the Forces of Darkness,” which takes place at Camp Nobba-Wa-Wa-Nockee deep in the Michigan woods. I’ll have to investigate if that camp was based on a real place someday…
Michigan Forest

[Forest on Drummon Island, Upper Peninsula, Michigan by Matt Currie via Flickr]

Whether you’re from Michigan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Michigan cross stitch pattern would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Wolverine State.”

Michigan is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of 2013), Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite drives in Michigan?

Washington State Cross Stitch Pattern – Highway Sign

This Washington State Highway road sign pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!

Washington State Highway Sign Cross Stitch

SR 20 @ SR 19The stitched example, Highway 20, runs for roughly 435 miles across the state, and has been called the most beautiful mountain highway in the State of Washington.

[The SR 20 sign in its natural habitat is in this photo from WashingtonState highways blog]

Route 20 from Washington Pass

[Route 20 from Washington Pass by rovingmagpie via Flickr]

I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Washington roads! And with so many beautiful roads in the state, it may be hard to choose just one scenic byway…
Yellowjacket

 [Overlook at Washington Pass by rovingmagpie via Flickr] 

Whidbey Island

 [Whidbey Island by Egor Gudaev via Flickr]

If you’re a Washingtonian, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this Washington State cross stitch pattern would be a great way to create a reminder of a favorite drive or place in “The Evergreen State.”

Washington is just the latest in my series of State Highway signs! Thus far, there’s Colorado (which is also a flood and fire relief benefit until the end of the year), Alaska, California, and Texas. Stay tuned for even more…

What are some of your favorite drives in Washington?

Colorado Flooding Benefit – Cross Stitch Pattern and Kit

To benefit the volunteer efforts for the recent Colorado flooding, I’ll donate $1.00 to the Colorado Red Cross for every sale of my Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit!

Colorado Highway Sign Cross Stitch

I first posted about this Colorado Highway sign pattern in July of this year, when the Black Forest, Royal Gorge, and West Fork fires were still burning. But recently, astounding amounts of rain have decimated Coal Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Four Mile Canyon, Big Thompson Canyon (again), the South Platte and St. Vrain rivers, the towns of Lyons, Estes Park, Salina, and thousands of acres of farmland in northeast Colorado.
People look at the overturned car near the fast moving water during the heavy flooding on Thursday in Boulder. For a video of the flooding go to www.dailycamera.com Jeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Flooding in Boulder on Thursday – via the Boulder Daily Camera]

The South St. Vrain River roars through Lyons on Thursday, 9/12/13.  Photograph by Kenneth Wajda

 [The St. Vrain river flooding Lyons on Thursday via the Boulder Daily Camera]

Lefthand Canyon Drive is in ruins seen here on Saturday, Sept. 14, on Olde Stage Road in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ Camera

 [Lefthand Canyon Drive on Saturday the 14th via the Boulder Daily Camera]

All of this hits close to home for me as I have friends and family all along the Front Range of Colorado. My Mom and her numerous siblings grew up in Boulder. I went to high school in Colorado Springs and then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder. I’m so fortunate that no one I know has been seriously affected, but there are THOUSANDS of people who have lost everything – houses, pets, livelihoods, and peace of mind.

Suzanne Sophocles shows her joy after being reunited with her dogs after they were all rescued from her severely flooded home on Friday, Sept. 13, on Streamcrest Drive in Boulder. For more photos and video of the flood rescue go to www.dailycamera.comJeremy Papasso/ CameraI’m donating $1 from every sale of the pattern and kit through December 31, 2013. On New Year’s Day, I would love to write the Colorado Red Cross a big fat check! So if you’re a Coloradoan, a frequent visitor, or just a fan of the state, this pattern would be a great way for you to show a little Colorado pride. Please spread the word about the Colorado cross stitch pattern and kit and how they will help disaster relief efforts!

[Photo is of a happy reunion, thanks to rescue workers via the Boulder Daily Camera]