We still have Totem Poles – Did you know that?

Excerpts from “Have You Seen My Dad’s 18 Wheeler?” – so far, a 2nd Grader has introduced us to his truck driving father and showed us were Dad sleeps in his Tractor.  Then we were presented with pictures of 8 tractors and asked to look for them as we travel down the interstate.  Have you found any of them?

Let’s continue with more of the 2nd Grader’s thoughts about Dad:

Totem Poles:

Dad calls the signs at truck stops the modern American Totem Poles.  He told me that totem poles were originally carved out of large trees by Native Americans, mostly in the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.

We took a family vacation to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to see real totem poles.  Here is a picture of a totem pole and a picture of a typical truck stop sign on the interstate.  Don’t you think the big truck stop signs look like totem poles?

I help Dad look for them when we travel together so we know a truck stop is coming up on the interstate highway.


Mom and I use a map of the United States to follow Dad’s trips.  When he calls, he tells me where he is and I mark his location on a map.  I make a new map for every trip and keep them in my scrap book.

Dad told me that East/West interstates have even numbers — 10, 20, 40, 70, 80, 90, and 94 are some.  North/South interstates have odd numbers — 5, 15, 25, 35, 55, 65, 75, 77, 81, and 95 are some.

He said that I-90 is the longest East/West interstate and is 3,100 miles long.  It begins in Seattle, Washington and passes through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and ends in Boston, Massachusetts.

He said I-90 is the longest North/South interstate and is 1,927 miles long.  It starts south of Miami, Florida and passes through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and ends near New Brunswick, Maine.

This is two more pages from the exciting children’s travel picture book titled “Have You Seen My Dad’s 18 Wheeler?”  Did you help your children search for that license plate from Montana?  Maybe you’re old enough to remember searchinf for it with your parents?  But, as an alternative, did you and your family ever wonder how many 18 wheelers we share the highways with?  “Have You Seen . . . ?” presents this story and full color pictures of more than 84,000 tractors that you can spot while driving.  Are you the bored adult passanger – why use it to look for these tractors?

If you are interested and would like to order it, you may go to Amazon.com “Have You Seen My Dad’s 18 Wheeler?” or you may contact me directly at russkingassoc@aol.com for a $5 reduction to a customer friendly price of $15 plus sng.  Now, here are the pictures:

7. Words and Totem Pole 8. Map with words23. Truck Pictures22. Truck Pictures


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