Wednesday, October 6, 2010


IMG_7150 I drug Jim out on another Roadside America hunt. The first stop was the bear family located in front of a restaurant in Rutland. They are looking a little worse for wear. And they weren’t dressed up. Somebody needs to spend a little time and care on them.

IMG_7151Also in Rutland is a rather strange Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The story behind this frozen GI is: John Reno, a Vietnam Veteran, had struggled with depression and recurring flashbacks following his service. The sculpture was begun in 1981 as a means for John to work through his anger and pain. But when he died suddenly in a boating accident in 1982, his artistic vision of a soldier lay neglected for years in a Castleton, VT gravel pit.

IMG_7152Finally in 1995, a fellow Vietnam-era veteran, John Bergeron, went looking for it. A sculptor from West Rutland, Don Ramey, took on the task of completing the sculpture as a tribute to veterans, applying his own creativity and skills to John’s basic concept.

IMG_7164 Then there is the Water Tower Space Ship, also in Rutland.

We tried to find a rubber boot bridge but we couldn’t find it so I’m not sure if it’s gone or we just couldn’t see it.

1 comment:

  1. Gotta love those Roadside America stops. You sure seem to be on the route that we plan to take next summer/fall. I'm wondering about RV Parks in New England - many or few of them, small or large, prices, etc.

    Thanks for the email about your scratches. Ours are on the side of the motorhome on the full-body paint. Guess we need to first try a good wax or maybe a light compound.


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