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Road tripping; historic Route 66 through Arizona, California

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town.

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town. An abandoned truck stop in Ash Fork, AZ, is within viewing distance of I-40, which bypassed it in the 80s. The Canyon Club in Williams serves Mexican food and drinks a’plenty. Author’s spouse Susan “standing on the corner [...]

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Must-do trips in the western United States for 2019

Seattle's Space Needle stands watch over Elliott Bay (view from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill).

Landscape Arch, with author and spouse Susan, spans over 300 feet in Arches National Park. It is one of 2,000 arches throughout the park! Cedar Breaks National Monument offers views of its eerie hoodoos without the crowds that jam nearby national parks. Grand Coulee Dam (with our Scotty trailer) was the world’s largest concrete project [...]

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Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park bring Arizona desert to life

Prickly pear blossoms are stunning, up close!

Arizona desert comes to life at Saguaro National Park and Petrified Forest National Park! We had the opportunity to do a 10-day housesitting gig in North Tucson (through the Affordable Travel Club) and used the trip to visit several old and new national parks and Native American sites. On the way to Tucson, we spent two [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

You'll find this portion of my blog in upper right hand area of the blog home page.

Search on-line travel features in the Record; a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, approaching 300 articles, which can be selected by “Category” (various portions of the USA and Canada)? Hence, you can go to the Stockton Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley [...]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces…old highway celebrates 90th birthday!

The Foothills Drive-in Theater sign is all the remains of the iconic drive-in theater in Azuza, CA that fronted on Rt. 66; the sign is now part of Azuza Pacific University.

Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 in bite-size pieces… The fabled ‘Mother Road’ turns 90 this year! I was first exposed to Route 66 in the summer of 1962, when my mother packed me and my two brothers in the back of a Ford station wagon, towing a Nimrod tent trailer, and set off from [...]

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Arizona dreamin’…Burma Shave makes comeback on historic Route 66!

The Aztec Motel in Seligman features a mural of Marilyn Monroe brightening the restaurant portion.

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’ as it meanders through quaint, forgotten towns In 1962, my mother piled my two younger brothers and 14 year-old me into the back of a ‘61 Ford station wagon, towing a tiny Nimrod tent trailer, bound from Ohio to California and back. My plumbing-contractor father planned to fly into [...]

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Grand Canyon’s North Rim, ghosts of the past and Pipe Spring National Monument

View from the Walhalla Overlook, distant, center, shows the Unkar Creek Delta where Anasazi farmed squash, corn and beans about 1,000 years ago.

One hundred forty six years ago, explorer John Wesley Powell and his rag-tag boatmen churned into the Grand Canyon and gazed in awe at the canyon with walls a mile high. With our first trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, it was hard not to feel the same amazement that Powell and his crew [...]

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Get your kicks on Route 66, in Arizona and California! (2nd of 2 Installments)

Rt. 66 guidepost sign in Williams, AZ, reflects the historic essence of the old road.

The Ocean Lodge, just three blocks off Rt. 66 as it ends in Santa Monica, CA, is typical of the style of motels one would find in the 1950s. Vintage Aztec Hotel, with Mayan Revival architecture, circa 1925, is on Rt. 66 as it passes through Monrovia, CA.   Only the huge signs remain from [...]

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Traveling the US southern tier, Arizona to Louisiana, with frugal budget and teardrop trailer! (Part 2 of 4 installments)

St. Louis Cemetary, New Orlean's oldest, features this five-coffin mausaleum, for the Young Ladies Association members!

San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a beehive of activity as Texans and visitors celebrate the night scene! Our teardrop trailer in front of the stately old Marfa, TX, courthouse, on way to Big Bend National Park. Towering peaks surround Big Bend National Park, in southwest Texas. This old plantation, framed by mossy oaks, is about 35 [...]

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The Salton Sea and Imperial Dam on the Colorado River; working together to prevent future floods!

Skeleton of luxury trailer home, mired in mud, at Bombay Beach Resort.

An abandoned home in Bombay Beach, caused when flood waters reached almost to the home’s ceilings. Skeleton of luxury trailer home, mired in mud, at Bombay Beach Resort. The floods of 1976 and 1977, trailer homes under water along former shores of Salton Sea. The Great Flood of 1906, railroad tracks completely washed out between [...]

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