J&S drivers encounter many beautiful and interesting sights as they travel America delivering cars for our customers. From the wacky to the weird, to Americana, to flora and fauna, our drivers see it all. Some of our transports take us out to the west coast where scenes like this are possible. Taken on the Oregon coast, this is one of the more beautiful Pacific sunsets you’ll ever see. If you haven’t been out to the west coast to experience the Pacific Ocean and take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery it offers, you should remedy that right away. Watching the sun set into the ocean is one of the wonders of the natural world. Photo by Danny Lindstrom.
Life on the Road
Pictures of the interesting and beautiful sites our auto transport drivers encounter as they deliver vehicles all over the United States.
J&S Transportation’s auto transport drivers are often away from home for days at a time as they travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers. Being away from home can be difficult for anyone, but you can ease your mind a little with a home security system like this one! The garden gnome ninja! While not exactly and ADT system, this little guy will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family and belongings are secure. Remember; it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Ne’er do wells and hooligans beware, lest ye suffer death from the ankle down! Don’t let the cuteness fool you: this guy is all business! Photo by David Maxwell.
Summer in the American West means fire season. As the snows of winter melt, and the showers of spring subside, vegetation growth takes off. When the dry season hits, this undergrowth is prime fuel for wildfires. If you live in the West, it’s a fact of life. Sooner or later, there will be a wildfire in your vicinity. Encountering a wildfire is one of the lesser known and uncommon but valid hazards our auto transport drivers encounter from time to time as they deliver cars across the US. But never fear; our guys have the good sense to avoid the danger and not put your vehicle at risk! This shot of a wildfire was taken by J&S driver Sam Nixon as he traveled down I-90 between Columbus, MT (which was originally called Sheep Dip), and Park City, MT. Park City is in Stillwater County, Montana, and is located 20 miles outside of Billings, the most populous city in Montana. With a population of870 at the 2000 census, Park City has a small town atmosphere. The largest building in the city is Park City School building, and most of the historical buildings are made of sand stone, due to the large sand stone cliffs to the north of the town. The town has a library, fire department, two gas stations/convenience stores, three churches of different denominations as well as 2 bars. The town serves as a bedroom community for the neighboring cities of Laurel, MT and Billings, MT. Most inhabitants are… Read more »
Driving through Portland, OR, one of our drivers came across this: a group of floating homes in the Portland Marina! Not houseboats, floating homes! Pretty neat! These houses are along Marine Drive in the Portland Marina of the Columbia River. If you Google Maps the area, and use the Satellite feature, you can see a whole bunch of these floating home developments. We think it’s cool, but have to wonder how they fair when the river floods. We’re sure they planned for that contingency, but still would like to know the logistics of how they stabilize these homes. That being said, it must be soothing to be rocked to sleep by the motion of the river as the water flows past. Sounds quite relaxing and peaceful. Photo by Charlotte Rodriguez.
As J&S’s auto transport drivers travel the highways of the US delivering cars for our customers, the encounter many beautiful and interesting sights and scenes. And every once in a while, they get spot some of the native fauna. While traveling down I-90, one of our drivers was lucky enough to spot this endangered species, the iconic Grizzly Bear, on the banks of the Gallatin River, near Three Forks, MT. Lewis and Clark called the bear the grisley or “grizzly”, which could have meant “grizzled” (for the golden and grey tips of the hair) or “fear-inspiring.” Nonetheless, after careful study, naturalist George Ord formally classified it in 1815 – not for its hair, but for its character – as Ursus horribilis (“terrifying bear”). The grizzly bear is listed as threatened in the contiguous United States and endangered in parts of Canada. The Gallatin River is a tributary of the Missouri River, and it is one of three rivers, along with the Jefferson and Madison, that converge near Three Forks, MT, to form the Missouri. The river was named in July 1805 by Meriwether Lewis for Albert Gallatin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1801–14. The western fork was named for President Thomas Jefferson and the central fork for Secretary of State James Madison. The Gallatin River is one of the best whitewater runs in the Yellowstone-Teton Area. In June, when the snowmelt is released from the mountains, the river has a class IV section called the “Mad Mile”. This section is… Read more »
If you happen to be traveling down US 95 in Idaho near the Nez Perce Reservation, make sure to stop by the town of Grangeville, just outside the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Grangeville is the home to the Graneville Elk Horseshoe sculpture. Grangeville is located where the edge of the Camas Prairie and Nez Perce National Forest converge. The Nez Perce name for Grangeville was Sike-sike, meaning “the foot of the mountain,” which is appropriate as from the floor of the prairie the Bitterroot Mountains rise 2800 vertical feet to provide an the beautiful backdrop for the City of Grangeville. Just outside town is the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The Nez Perce National Forest was established on July 1, 1908, but in 2012 The Nez Perce National Forest and Clearwater National Forest were administratively combined as Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The Camas Prairie, a traditional Nez Perce gathering place, is named for the blue flowering camas, an important food source for Native Americans in the Northwest. The rolling hills and plains of the Camas Prairie mark the heart of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The Grangeville Elk is made up of 600 used horseshoes and weighs over 600 pounds. It is the brainchild of artist Bud Thomas, who specializes in wildlife sculptures made of used horseshoes. You never know what slice of Americana you’ll find as you travel the highways of America, and our auto transport drivers encounter quite a bit of it! Photo submitted by J&S Transportation driver Hector… Read more »
Our auto transport drivers get to see all sorts of neat and beautiful sights as they deliver cars across the country for our customers. If your traveling down Interstate 84 near North Powder, Oregon, make sure to take in the picturesque Blue Mountains! I-84 is also known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway and runs east-west following the Columbia River and the rough path of the old Oregon Trail from Portland east to Idaho. For this reason, it is also known as most of the Columbia River Highway No. 2 and all of the Old Oregon Trail Highway No. 6. Interstate 84 begins in Portland where it connects with Interstate 5 on the east side of the Willamette River. It continues east, crossing Interstate 205, before curving north to join the Columbia River. It continues along the river until it gets to the Idaho border, where it continues into Idaho. You can see the Blue Mountains as I-84 nears Pendleton, OR. The Blue Mountains are a mountain range located in northeastern Oregon and stretch into southeastern Washington. The river valleys and lower levels of the range were occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Historic tribes of the region included the Walla Walla, Cayuse people and Umatilla. Native American tribes originally migrated to the Blue Mountains for hunting and salmon runs. The Natives used to purposefully burn parts of the forest or allow campfires to burn over wide areas. Neat fact: They are home to the world’s largest organism… Read more »
Our auto transport drivers submit photos of the beautiful, interesting, weird, and wacky sights they encounter as the transport cars across the country for our customers. Sometimes, however, they simply send in pictures we think are flat out cool or beautiful. This is one such shot. We don’t know exactly what it is about this picture, but it is damn neat! And with Memorial Day fast approaching, it seems to be appropriate. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Photo by Doug Cappel.
Our “Life on the Road” photo gallery showcases the sights our auto transport drivers encounter as they travel the highways of America transporting cars for our customers. Some pictures are of the wacky, some of the weird, some of the many points of interest and historical landmarks that dot the country, and some are simply shots of the breathtaking scenery you encounter traveling across the US. This is one such image. Scenes like this are found aplenty across the American West. The mountains and valleys that make up the landscape offer up many awe-inspiring vistas. This shot was submitted by one of our drivers as they made their way through a mountain pass, and we are glad they took the time to enjoy the scenery! Photo by Joel Bradshaw.
If your travels take you along Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, you’ll pass through the town of Baker, CA. Baker was founded as a station on the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad in 1908, and was named after Richard C. Baker, business partner of Francis Marion Smith in building the railroad. The town’s most prominent feature is a 134-foot thermometer, dubbed “the world’s tallest thermometer“. Visible for miles, it was not operational from 2012 to mid-2014 when it was relighted following restoration. Local businessman Willis Herron dreamed of a huge thermometer for 25 years before he made it real in California’s high desert. The World’s Tallest Thermometer is a 134-foot-tall commemoration of the record high temperature in the U.S., in nearby Death Valley — 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913. It juts skyward next to Bob’s Big Boy in Baker and the site chosen for the thermometer was along the main drag through town, visible from the interstate. In 1990 Herron paid to have the thermometer constructed by Young Electric Sign Co., manufacturers of many neon and bulb monstrosities on The Strip in Las Vegas. 33 tons of steel and almost 5,000 lamps went into the three-sided digital display. Strong winds broke the thermometer, smashing a gift shop under construction. Herron, undaunted, had the thermometer rebuilt, filled with concrete so that it would survive. The world’s tallest thermometer is located at 72157 Baker Boulevard in Baker, California. It is visible from three different angles along Interstate 15 in Southern… Read more »