To attend TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange, travel bloggers annual conference) in Denver, CO, Stephen and I decided to do another road trip; to west. We went to a road trip together to New England last summer, and my affection to the area grew a lot. I didn’t know what to expect, but I loved it. I like the simplicity of the road trip and camping. And all the things I’ve heard about the ‘west’ were only good things.

From Virginia to Colorado; we drove through Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The scenery is different, of course, and everything gradually changed. It’s sunny, dry, empty, wild, and big. There are different products at the supermarket, hushpuppy mix for one, people are talking differently, everything was flat. The little cities were particularly interesting. Some were abandoned, all the shops were spread apart, cute little city hall, and decorated as the town’s character. I enjoyed them. These were different than little towns in eastcoast. Eastcoast was more ‘cute-little-town’ charm, and west cities gave me more of ‘strong character’ kind of impression. I don’t know how to describe it well, but I got the feeling, if you know what I mean.

Since my words are not good enough to express my thought, here are my photos that I captured during our road trip to Denver.

 

City hall of Perry, OK
City hall of Perry, OK
A shop at Perry, Oklahoma
An old shop at Perry, Oklahoma
Brick building and a flower in the window at Perry, Oklahoma
Brick building and a flower in the window at Perry, Oklahoma
Pawnee Christmas shop
Pawnee Christmas shop
An old diner at Oklahoma
And old diner, since 1926
An abandoned shop
Old chairs on the street
Old fashioned hometown service!
Old fashioned hometown service!
A message from a church in wild west
A message from a church in wild west
Farm Fresh Idaho Potatoes only!
Farm Fresh Idaho Potatoes only!
Sorry we're Closed
A lot of places were actually closed
Hair Naturally has wednesday mens special
Hair Naturally has wednesday mens special
City hall of Buffalo
City hall of Buffalo
Noble County building
Noble County building at Perry, OK
Bank
Bank building

8 thoughts on “American Wild West City in Photos”

  1. Juno, I LOVE these photos – I can’t wait to get to the US next year and experience all the diversity that the country has to offer. You’ve really captured the kind of small-town charm and just every day life really well. Also, is that REALLY the City Hall in Perry?! It looks more like a betting shop or an insurance firm to me!

    1. Yep, that is really the city hall! No kidding! There was ‘no guns’ sign and everything. Hope you get here and see it for yourself! 🙂 Excited for your US visit! When are you coming? It would be wonderful we could travel together somewhere too!

  2. I love exploring the heartland.

    Once, my tire blew out on the highway near Perry, Oklahoma. My Dad, sister, and I wandered the streets, ate the pie, and got to know the whole town while the shop slowly changed out the tire.

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