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2010 Journeys: Route 66

by Kathy 12. January 2010 15:50

 

To celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we decided to “get our kicks” on Route 66! We packed up the RV and headed to Santa Monica, California, where we began a two-week eastward journey, sampling the quirky flavors along the historic 2-lane road. We saw the Bottle Tree Ranch, “Giganticus Headicus,” Bagdad Café, the “Longest Route 66 Map in the World,” the mile-wide Meteor Crater, and we found ourselves standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. (Is anyone else an Eagle’s fan?!)

We also took numerous side-trips to explore other places, such as Calico Ghost Town, London Bridge (shipped across the seas and reconstructed in Arizona!), the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon National Park, Native American cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon and Canyon de Chelly, the Petrified Forest National Park, and the Navajo Nation Museum. We hiked many trails, gazed in wonder at things we had never seen before, and (most important) had many laughs together as a family.

Click on the blue titles below to read about each day's adventure.

Day 1: On the Road Again, to Santa Monica
Day 2: Leaving Los Angeles Behind
Day 3: Ghost Towns and Wide Open Spaces
Day 4: London Bridge is (Not) Falling Down
Day 5: Grand Canyon Skywalk
Day 6: Caves and Wild Animals
Day 7: Taking it Easy!
Day 8: Petrified Forests (Not People)
Day 9: Engine Issues and El Morro
Day 10: The Wonders of the Navajo Nation
Day 11: Dinosaur Tracks in the Desert
Day 12: I Can See Time
Day 13: Just Take the Dam Tour
Day 14: Viva Las Vegas and Home!

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Comments (8) -

3/21/2010 5:21:28 PM #

Ned Leuchtner

I hope that you went through Oatman and onward to Cool Springs Station?

If not, try to catch it on the way back. Enjoy your trip.

Ned L

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3/21/2010 8:24:50 PM #

Kathy

Ned, yes we traveled the wonderfully curvy section of Route 66 that winds through Oatman and down into Cool Springs Camp.  (See Day 4 above.)  You did a wonderful job of reconstructing the Cool Springs building.  We can see why you fell in love with the area, and the history of the place.  We wish you much success! Kathy

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3/26/2010 11:41:45 AM #

Cindy

Hi!
I love your blog! Your photos and descriptions should be published! I am trying to find out if you can take a larger fifthwheel on Route 66? We are in AZ now and leaving for Wisconsin on Tuesday. So we go the entire route from here, and then some! My husband looked at the turn by turn maps on the historic site 66 and says we can't do it. Our Rig is too long... (about 60 ft) too high... dirt roads etc. We both drive tractor trailers and have experience with big rigs, I would be so grateful for comments, I would love to take this route home, but if it is not a good idea, that is fine too; I just would like to know. You or anyone could post answers on my blog or directly to my email.
http://rvingdog.blogspot.com/ Or email me directly at:gtrgone@live.com  

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3/26/2010 5:02:20 PM #

Kathy

Hi Cindy,
I'm so glad that you have enjoyed our travel stories!  I sent you an email in response to your questions.  
I hope that you have a fun journey home!
Kathy

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4/12/2010 1:11:56 PM #

Josh

Awesome photos and blog. I found it via a link on the Route 66 Association of Illinois's webpage. I really enjoyed reading about your families travels. I also enjoy traveling Route 66 and other scenic byways with my wife and 3 year old son. I just met McJerry yesterday, the author of the EZ Guide to Route 66, in Saint Louis. Have a great summer traveling!

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4/17/2010 11:21:20 PM #

Kathy

Josh, thank you for your comments!  How wonderful that you met Jerry--we found his detailed book very helpful on our journey along Route 66.  We had a great time in St. Louis last summer--Genevieve and Sebastian still talk about the wild climbing tubes and structures at the "City Museum."  I hope you continue to have some fun adventures with your wife and son!  Kathy

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8/3/2010 9:45:38 AM #

Lucy Foster

Hi Kathy
I stumbled across your delightful website through the lonely planet forum. During May and June this year I spent a month driving around California (on my own) in a rented Mustang convertible. On my way back from Las Vegas to Los Angeles I travelled via route 66, (Needles to Barstow and back to Venice Beach) which I enjoyed immensely, it was one of the highlights of my entire trip. Your photos and descriptions of your adventures along the way are just lovely, and bring back a lot of happy memories for me. I also realise that I missed out loads of stuff along the way!! I hope one day to return to the US and have a proper go at Route 66!
Best wishes
Lucy from Plymouth, England

Lucy Foster United Kingdom | Reply

8/3/2010 9:10:24 PM #

Kathy

Lucy, thank you so much for your comments.  I'm glad that you enjoyed your travels through California and along Route 66.  The Mustang must have been a lot of fun to drive!  I'm happy that our Route 66 story brought back some good memories for you.  We too feel like we missed an awful lot along the way; those missed experiences will entice us to return one day.    

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For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

Where Are We Now?

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Words for the Heart

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