A Lonely Highway 50 and The Shoe Tree

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

After a delightful several days visiting three national parks in Utah, along with a couple state parks, it was time to return home.  Highway 50 travels a nearly straight line across the state of Nevada, before connecting up to other roads, not so less traveled. There's a reason Highway 50 is labeled the loneliest highway in America.  In Nevada it is an isolated, barely traveled two lane path, transporting one across the Great Basin National Monument and other desert scenes. 

There are a couple places of interest along the way.  One is the Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area, which we had planned to visit.  However, the washed out road from recent storms made it too hazardous for us to enter this trip.  But, the Shoe Tree next to the highway in Middlegate, Nevada, made for a whimsical visit.  Once we marveled at all the shoes accumulated in the branches, we made certain that Dr. Eggman, stuffed koala, and my grandson Baron's constant companion, sat watch in the middle of Highway 50 looking east, while this picture was snapped with lens pointed west at my grandson hamming it up in the road.  Yes, in Nevada, Highway 50 is actually that lonely!


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The Shoe Tree in Middlegate, Nevada 


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Dr. Eggman staring East on Highway 50


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My grandson, Baron, hamming it up on Highway 50 in Middlegate, Nevada.

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Roy Kelley
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Baron is a very lucky young man.

Thanks for sharing your travels and your wonderful photographs.

May 22, 2019 05:10 AM #12
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Norma J. Elkins
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Oh my gracious, looks like y'all had a wonderful trip.  That shoe tree is something else and that picture of Baron is priceless.  Thanks so much for sharing!

May 22, 2019 05:41 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Myrl,
In all my travels I have never heard of the Hickison Recreation area or the shoe tree. Where have I been living? Under a rock? What an adventure you and Baron have been on.  When the time comes in the future, I bet Baron will be wanting to take his family to many of the places you have visited together. Special memories!

May 22, 2019 06:00 AM #14
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Brian England
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Sounds like a beautiful trip you have had, I hope you get home safely.  Were you able to find your size on the shoe tree?  Did you add to the tree?

May 22, 2019 06:36 AM #15
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I took the  California 50 connection from Sacremento to South Lake Tahoe. It was beautiful Myrl Jeffcoat 

May 22, 2019 02:44 PM #16
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Myrl Jeffcoat - Those last two photos of Highway 50 with the Koala Bear and your grandson were hilarious!!! Perhaps you should get them framed and give them to him as a gift along with the Dr. Seuss Book, "All the Places You Will Go." 

May 22, 2019 05:42 PM #17
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - What a fun trip. I also read the story about the tree. What a shame that it was cut down. It reminds me of the Lone Tree in Carmel that someone tried to set on fire.  But I enjoyed the whimsy of highway 50.  Safe travels home!

May 23, 2019 02:22 PM #18
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Roy Kelley
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Good Friday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

May 24, 2019 04:43 AM #19
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I enjoyed seeing these photos on Facebook too, Myrl. It looks like you enjoyed your road trip fully. All three of you. :) 

May 24, 2019 06:59 AM #20
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Oh, I love your pictures and I am one who is so surprised at how little traffic is on Hwy 50 - that boggles the mind! I know you thoroughly enjoyed your trip and how exciting to get to spend that time with your grandson. 

Enjoy your weekend!

May 25, 2019 07:14 AM #21
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Will Hamm
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Myrl, Love the grandson Hamming it up, being a hamm I use to hamm it up alot in my early years.

May 25, 2019 08:38 AM #22
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Sharon Tara
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I love the photos! I would be very nervous on a long stretch of road like that...breaking down or running out of gas.

I read the story about the shoe tree. How horrible that vandals cut it down. People can really such sometimes. Glad to hear a new one has taken its place.

May 26, 2019 07:49 AM #23
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Myrl

I has been a while since wee connected. Hope all else is going great for you. Loved this story and reading the comments and as Endre, I too have mixed feeling about the shoe tree. cheers cvc

May 26, 2019 08:36 AM #24
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Hi Myrl - it seems that that this lonely stretch of highway provided a bit more than a little whimsy and that your trip East was a good one.  

May 26, 2019 11:28 AM #25
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Hi Myrl:

What a wonderful trip you must have had, if your beautiful photos in your posts are any indication! That shoe tree is pretty cool. Love the photos of your grandson and Dr. Eggman. Such an iconic stretch of road!

Jeff

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What a great trip Myrl and you have touched & seen places I have not so it is a joy to view...especially the shoe tree...

May 27, 2019 09:41 AM #27
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These are great photos that will create loving memories!  I love Dr. Eggman taking charge in the middle of the road! These put a smile of my face. Thanks for sharing!

May 28, 2019 06:23 AM #28
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Great story and pics.  How nice to see a bare stretch of highway with no cars on it!

Jun 09, 2019 09:21 PM #29
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Looks like the perfect road to gather your thoughts and plan your next adventure.

Jun 10, 2019 04:51 AM #30
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Myrl, thanks for sharing great photos.  Read your comments on no gas, service, and cell service for long stretches and admire you for your courage and strength to not let that stop you in your travels. What an adventure, huh?!? Great photo of your grandson, Baron!

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