Nathan and I spent Saturday in Hell. That's right. We set out from Chicago on Friday, and by mid-morning the following day we were in the little Michigan town of Hell.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Hell is not that easy to get to. Without the all-important GPS, or cellphone reception, an out-of-towner can easily get lost, so we had to stop to ask for directions.
Fortunately, the service station guy was very helpful, pointing us right on to the Highway to Hell. Later in the day, we got lost again while canoeing on a lake near the town, and another local came to our rescue, telling us exactly how to go to Hell.
Actually, I have to pause here - this guy is worth more than that little pun. He was hilarious. Nathan and I had been paddling around this lake looking for a way out for about an hour so were totally buggered, and we yelled out to this guy on the bank. He was helpful, pointing out where to go, then, as we are trying to leave, he started telling us about his photography books for sale - we were in the lake, about 50m away and steadily widening that distance - I was thinking that was not the best time for a sales pitch ...
Anyway. Back to Hell. I'm all about strange names and photo opportunities, so when I heard about Hell I was desperate to visit - even just to get a snap by the road sign. Having a chat to locals there, I learned that Paradise, another Michigan town, is exactly 333 miles from Hell - so from Paradise you can go to Hell and back in 666 miles. Weird.
Driving around America we have come across some unusually named places. In Oregon we visited Bridal Falls, which I found a whole lot more entertaining before I realised it was a waterfall. I saw a sign for Correct, Indiana, and also one for Fearnowville in Colorado. A recent obsession with British comedy Gavin and Stacey meant I was in fits when I found Fairplay, also in Colorado. If we had travelled farther north in Idaho, I later learned, we would have arrived at Good Grief.
Thus started my new internet obsession - finding bizarre USA towns.
Among my favorites so far are California's Cool, and Rough and Ready, and Minnesota's Lost. Ohio has Dull, while Oregon has Boring, Virginia has Ordinary and Maryland has Crapo. As if one were not enough - there is a Looneyville in West Virginia, New York and in Texas. You can go to Hooker Hole in Louisiana, and Climax in Georgia. Arizona simply has Why, and Mississippi and North Carolina both counter with towns called Whynot.
I'm told small things amuse small minds, but surely other people laugh at these things too. Has anyone else come across quirky names?
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