Kansas Sunflower Cross Stitch Pattern

This Kansas sunflower cross stitch pattern and kit of a state highway sign is now available in my Etsy shop!kansas highway road sign sunflower cross stitch pattern

The stitched example, Kansas Highway 7, is part of the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway also designated as part of the official route of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail.kansas sunflower cross stitch pattern state highway sign

The sunflower pattern is easily one of the most interesting state highway signs in the United States. Many state highway signs feature plain squares or circles, but the folks in Kansas showed a little creativity when they generated this design.
Southbound K-99 near Alma, 4 May 2017

[Southbound K-99 near Alma by John Roever via Flickr]

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

Kansas 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, Louisiana, 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!

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!

Montana Cross Stitch Pattern – Arrowhead Road Sign

This Montana cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!montana road sign cross stitch arrowhead

 

Montana Highway SignsThe pattern is based on a Montana Secondary Road sign. The standard Montana Highway sign (shown at right) is a bit plain, so I thought this Secondary Road sign with it’s cool arrowhead pattern would make a much more interesting cross stitch pattern.

 

 

Montana Rural Road #323I can easily customize this pattern for any of your favorite Montana roads! MyScenicDrives has good information about Montana.

[Montana Highway Signs by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, via Flickr]

Country Road Take Me Home

[Road leading from Bozeman Montana, winding through the Bridger Mountains by Kim Tasjian via Flickr]

287

[Looking north towards Ennis, Montana along US 287 by Madison76 via Flickr]

Road

[Glacier National Park by Lue Huang via Flickr]

Create a reminder of a favorite drive in Big Sky Country with this Montana cross stitch pattern and kit!

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

Interstate Cross Stitch Road Sign Pattern

This Interstate cross stitch road sign pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!interstate cross stitch road sign pattern and kit

This is just the latest in my series of US and European road sign patterns.

The stitched example, Interstate 80, is a 2900 mile route that runs from San Francisco, California to Teaneck, New Jersey. Along the way, it also passes through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Interstate-80 SignI must say that I am most familiar with I-80 from where it meets I-76 on the western Nebraska border to Newton, Iowa. Many hours of my youth were spent on long road trips from Denver to Omaha to Newton and then back to Denver, visiting family during summer vacations.

I am also very familiar with the stretch of I-80 between Vacaville and Davis, California. In my previous career, I worked on a the construction of pharmaceutical factory in Vacaville. Vacaville was a nice town, but the really good restaurants were in the fun college town of Davis, about 20 miles away.

The entire Interstate Highway System is an impressive feat of engineering. Started in 1956, the network now has a total length of 47,856 miles. It goes through some truly spectacular scenery –  a couple of my favorites are I-70 between Green River and it’s junction with I-15,

Sun Ray

 [Sun Ray by Arunas Sileika via Flickr]

and the tiny stretch of I-15 in Arizona between St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada through the Virgin River Canyon.Virgin River Canyon / Interstate 15

 [Virgin River Canyon/Interstate 15 by the Last Mortal via Flickr]

This Interstate cross stitch pattern is just the latest in my series of road signs! Thus far, I’ve created highway signs for Colorado, Alaska, California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, and Utah. I hope you check out all the states and the 15 other road sign patterns – they’re a lot of fun!

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?