Pumpkin Truck

Pumpkin Truck | Colfax, WA | November 2019

Roadside whimsy for the pleasure of passers-by is, in my book, an act of extreme generosity. Those Sasquatch cutouts in the middle of cow pastures don’t tromp out there by themselves. Some landowner had to decide that the surrounding miles of empty highway begged for something interesting, something to induce a double-take, something to make us smile. Thus boulders painted with eyes and teeth. Pig statues dressed like elves. Letterboxes on high poles marked “airmail.” All these break the traveler’s trance to connect the transient with the resident. “Here’s a gift,” they say, “to help you remember this place. Our place.”