Decorative and informative, this fine ursine railman invited us up into his hot greasy steam engine for a tour. Old #45 on the Skunk Train route. Please note that showing face on Gay Highwaymen doesn’t mean these guys are gay. It means we are. Ok? Thanks, Man!
Old number 15 looking at old number 45. And vice-versa. Mystics and quantum mechanics Noh: the eye with which I view God (or the multiverses) is the same eye with which the Universe (or the gods) view me. Whistle starts the races. All part of the Kinetic Carnivale. Willis, in Mendocino County, California.
U.S.S. Yellow Submarine. Handcar races. All human-powered rail transport. Some are funky. Others are fast.
Do they call this a glory-hole? They do with glass kilns. This is the vent in the coal-bin on Engine 45. Water and oil to the rear.
Apple Jack handcar and 4-man crew. Handcar races. Best hauler. Not the fastest – but rugged and strong and quick enough to travel and pull what you need!
Sun Leather. Custom boots, hats, belts, etc. Artisan at work.
Finished product. Hand-made boot.
Poplock Holmes. Chap-hopper and Steampunk entertainer extrordinaire.
19th century metal stamp press. 21st century operator.
Cute boys playing with their balls.
Better a century-plus ago than never…
The Train Singer…
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This big guy is the sculptural mascot of the Lumbermen’s chain of restaurants in Northern California. This one is in Willits. The view is better than the food. Competitive Timbersports on the video monitors…
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Don Coleman. Circa 1930s. Cowboy. Silent Movie Star. Rancher. Saddle Bronc Champ. And local boy. Mural in downtown Willits. Mendocino County in Northern California. For a real cowboy in Willits, click here. For an even older cowboy, here.
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Tagged Art, Bronco, Country, Cowboy, Gay Gaze, Mural, Sexy, Willits
Mmm…picnic pig. Rolls off the tongue. Sight seen outdoors at The Chief, a NorCal BBQ joint on the US 101. Oink! For tasty (human) breakfast bears, click here.
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He’s a lumberjack and he’s ok! Lumberjack’s restaurant in Willits, California on the Redwood Highway. Entertainment features TV screens with ongoing coverage from the wonderful world of competitive timbersports!
Two Latter Day Saint boys walking in Willits, California. They could be walking to a gym, one to beef up the other to trim down. That would be a good idea. They could be walking to a motel, to check in and fuck each other silly. That would be great! But probably…they are just out to make more Mormons. Everybody needs a hobby. Messing with Jack Mormons is a good one! Surveilling Saints is another. For hunky shirtless Mormon men, visit Mormons Exposed, where you can buy a beefcake calendar called “Men on a Mission.” More soon…
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He got onto his horse and he rode into the city. Hat, boots, bandana, duster, even spurs: this dude’s got it all. No event. He’s just riding through town. A sight seen in Willits, California. Hippies, cowboys, farmers, bikers in a Far West mix. In Mendocino County, a town with 5 stoplights qualifies as a city. Seriously. This is NorCal. Not LA. You know what they say…save a horse. Ride a cowboy!
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Icons often outlast their inspirations. Lumber and fishing long since gave way to wine and weed in California’s Mendocino County. This restaurant mascot lumberjack walks roadside forever in Willits. And he’s not the only giant lumberjack on the 101: here is another
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