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September 22, 2017

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

That is exactly what Paul and I did.  We started at Desert View (east end) and worked our way to the west end of the South Rim.  We met lots of people.  Half the fun was walking around offering to take people’s picture (instead of their attempting a selfie), and then taking pictures with our cameras.

We met a wedding photographer whom I told about PPA and Bay Photo.  She says she has a lab, but I recommended she set up an account and do a sample order.

Where’s Paul

The Canyon was crowded.  At one point, I turned and Paul wasn’t around.  I thought he got bored and moved down the trail.  I started down the trail thinking I would run in to him.

Soon, it was pitch black, and so I made my way back to the car.  About 10 minutes later, Paul was outside the car saying, “Brent?”  (Again, it was pitch dark.)

We were both relieved that he made his way back to the car.

Sunset at the Canyon

The sunset at the canyon was nice.  While it wasn’t real dramatic, the lighting against the west facing walls was the cool part.

I’m just going to show you the pictures and let you enjoy them…

September 22, 2017

Route 66 Detour

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can't travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It's a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can't travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It's a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

Route 66 Detour

We will take a Route 66 detour today.  You can’t travel Route 66 and NOT stop at the Grand Canyon.  It’s a day trip from Flagstaff and/or Williams, Arizona.  Today we leave Flagstaff and head to the Grand Canyon for the day and night.

Complementary Quid Quo Pro Along the Way

The other day I commented that it is a good thing some establishments do not take us up on our quid quo pro offer to do a favorable review in exchanged for complementary services.

Every place that has offered complementary services, whether a room or meal, has been high class.  Great customer service, a clean environment, and more.

On the other hand, while I won’t disclose the names of any vendor who turns our offer down, I do want to show you something that supports my theory.  My theory is turn-downs are afraid of bad reviews for a very good reason.

One picture is worth 1000 words.  Here is a picture from the breakfast room at today’s hotel (one we paid full price for)…

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This is just one example of how messy this place is.

Different Approach

So, for the rest of the trip, we’re taking a different approach.  If you offer a quid quo pro it is because we have already checked the place out and believe it to be a place we can write a favorable review.  (Perhaps we’ve been lucky getting comp’d services from really good places.  But, I would hate to have been comp’d by this motel last night.)

So, if your business gets a phone call, or if we present one of our cards, take it as a complement.  We have checked and your establishment is one we want to feature on our website.

Again, we’re looking for places we can without equivocation say are good places to stay and eat.

September 21, 2017

Painted Desert

Today we passed through the Painted Desert.  It makes me wonder what early auto travelers thought when they had to drive through Arizona.  It's pretty desolate.

Today we passed through the Painted Desert.  It makes me wonder what early auto travelers thought when they had to drive through Arizona.  It's pretty desolate.

Painted Desert

Today we passed through the Painted Desert.  It makes me wonder what early auto travelers thought when they had to drive through Arizona.  It’s pretty desolate.

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Painted Desert

For the first time today we hit an area where there was NO CELL COVERAGE.  Of course, you couldn’t see any cell towers and civilization.  Besides, it wouldn’t make much sense for cellular companies to put towers in the middle of a desert where nobody lives.

Unknown Destination

Our destination was unknown today.  We didn’t know if we would be in Winslow or Flagstaff or some other city.  Because we couldn’t communicate to Elizabethe (who has been handling our lodging arrangements), we didn’t know how far to drive.

We finally made contact when we started getting a very faint cellular signal.  She said she kept striking out on the hotels and motels along Route 66.  She finally made a paid reservation at one in Flagstaff.

Elizabethe commented that she now starts with the highest rated and highest prices.  From a marketing standpoint, this all makes sense.  More successful businesses understand the value of marketing and advertising.  And, that’s one thing we are doing on this trip… marketing and advertising.

Our Best Products – Our Best Advertisers

Bay Photo

is one of the top photo labs in the nation.  While many people rank a certain Midwest lab #1, my experience is they are not as good as Bay in most aspects.  Bay Photo saw the value of our trip and jumped on the opportunity.  Paul and I hope our efforts send business their way.

We met a guy in the Painted Desert near Old Route 66 who was taking photos.  We talked a bit about photography, and I showed him the Bay Photo image of a rusty old car (like the one we had been photographing) printed on maple wood.  He was VERY impressed.  I then showed it to his wife.  She too was very impressed.

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This would look nice on a Maplewood print from Bay Photo

Winslow, Arizona

I went to Winslow, Arizona, about 9 years ago with my daughter Natalie and a bunch of photographer friends.  Someone since told me it has changed a lot.   It hasn’t.  It is just as I remembered it from my last trip to Winslow with one exception – an additional statue of an older Glen Frey.

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Standing on a Corner

While there we met a couple from the Netherlands.  We talked to them, took pictures together.  It was fun.  We also met a man from Manitoba, Canada, who is riding Route 66 on his motorcycle.

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Nikki and Pablo from the Netherlands
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View From Her Flatbed Ford
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Bob from Canada
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The Corner Intersection

Twin Arrows at Sunset

We ran out of daylight quickly.  We stopped at the abandoned Twin Arrows at sunset and took pictures as the sun went down.  It’s only a few miles from Flagstaff.  As a result, it didn’t impact us too much.

Because it was dark we used our tripods, and took some long exposures.

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Twin Arrows

 

All of the images on this page were processed with ACDsee Ultimate 10 Pro.

May 27, 2017

Casting Call

This is sort of a casting call. Paul and I are looking for people to photograph as we travel Route 66. You don't have to be a professional model. In fact, you don't have to be a model at all.

This is sort of a casting call. Paul and I are looking for people to photograph as we travel Route 66. You don't have to be a professional model. In fact, you don't have to be a model at all.

Casting Call

This is sort of a casting call.  Paul and I are looking for people to photograph as we travel Route 66.  You don’t have to be a professional model.  In fact, you don’t have to be a model at all.  (Although, models are always welcome!)  Also, you could be a guy with a very cool car and want pictures of your car.  That’s cool too.

For models, we encourage you to dress for where you plan to meet us.  If you plan to meet us at a 50s diner, dress in 50s attire.  But, you don’t have to play dress up for the shoot.

If you’re a car or motorcycle owner, you can have your picture taken with your car (or motorcycle) or just the car/motorcycle by itself.  This is a chance to make your car/motorcycle famous… and possible you too.

How This Works

Here is how this works…

  • Look at our travel plans at http://route66photographers.com/dates/
  • If there is a day and location that works for you to meet up with us, contact me at brent@route66photographers.com and let me know the day and location.
  • In your e-mail, include the following:
    • Your name
    • The best phone number to reach you at (and let us know if you accept text messages)
    • A picture of yourself so we’ll recognize you
    • A short paragraph of why you are meeting us at the Route 66 location.
  • When the day gets close (1-2 days before) we will contact you and let you know if we are running ahead or behind schedule.
  • You must be flexible on the time of day.  We are driving from Chicago to L.A. over a 30+ day period.
  • When we meet, you’ll have to sign a release.
  • We’ll take a few pictures (it won’t take very long).  We’ll shoot until we get some good usable photos
  • That night, you’ll see your picture on our blog, social media pages and/or in our vlog.
  • We’ll e-mail you copies of the pictures we publish.
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Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

We Cannot

  • We cannot photograph minor children without a parent signing a release.  And, we cannot photograph minor children without the parents being present the entire time.
  • We cannot offer financial compensation for your modeling.  This isn’t that type of venture.
  • We cannot guarantee we will agree to meet up with everyone.  Schedules are very nebulous for our tour.  We will not leave you in the lurch if we say we will meet you, but if we have to cancel, we’ll do so at least 24 hours in advance.  (We’d expect the same from you.)
  • We cannot provide “copyrights” to the images.  That would involve legal fees and involving lawyers.  But, we will give you license to share whatever files we send to you on social media, your personal website, and e-mail them to friends and family.  If you want prints, we are partnering with Bay Photo Labs.  You’ll be able to order professional prints at www.dbwalton.com.

Summary

In summary, this casting call is simply… we want to meet you and photograph you as we take this epic journey.

February 23, 2017

Children on the Road

Road trips with the family are especially fun. My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance. We had a car full of children and saw a sign, "Historic Route 66 - Next Exit." So, we took it. With children on the road you need to keep them entertained. Route 66 accomplished that.

Road trips with the family are especially fun. My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance. We had a car full of children and saw a sign, "Historic Route 66 - Next Exit." So, we took it. With children on the road you need to keep them entertained. Route 66 accomplished that.

Children on the Road

Road trips with the family are especially fun.  My first venture on Route 66 was by happenstance.  We had a car full of children and saw a sign, “Historic Route 66 – Next Exit.”  So, we took it.  With children on the road you need to keep them entertained.  Route 66 accomplished that.

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Grand Canyon – A Short Detour off Route 66

We also took a short detour to the Grand Canyon.  None of us had seen it before, myself included.

Keeping Them Occupied

Keeping the children occupied is always a challenge.  My wife makes up puzzles (oh, and she published her first puzzle book.  Click here.)  I would make quizzes and scavenger hunt pages.  All of these go in to a folder — one for each child.  This keeps them occupied between stops.

Thank You Nicole

Thank you Nicole for bringing to our attention a very nice Route 66 overview.  Nicole’s mom e-mailed me  a link to this very cool page.

https://www.titlemax.com/resources/unforgettable-road-trips-in-america/

On that page is this link to a nice end-to-end overview:

 http://www.ridingroute66.us/Content/Download/CarTour14DayItineraryTour1.pdf

Their family is planning a road trip and found our website and sent us a nice thank you email and found our site of value for planning their trip.  Nicole’s mom is thinking of creating a blog for their trip.  When she does, we will definitely feature it here.

February 17, 2017

Before Decommissioning

This video shows portions of Route 66 before decommissioning. The video is an hour and 45 minutes long, but it presents a good overview of Route 66. It's worth watching...

This video shows portions of Route 66 before decommissioning. The video is an hour and 45 minutes long, but it presents a good overview of Route 66. It's worth watching...

Before Decommissioning

This video shows portions of Route 66 before decommissioning.  The video is an hour and 45 minutes long, but it presents a good overview of Route 66.  It’s worth watching…

I like how this video presents the people and communities.  While it is from the 1980s, it presents the importance of Route 66 and it’s place in history.  Imagine riding a bus for a week while traveling from Chicago to L.A.  Today, people fly.  Back then people couldn’t afford to fly, so they took the bus.

Bloody 66, Mother Road, and other nicknames have been given this highway.  Because you cannot drive it end-to-end any more, few people get off the Interstate to drive it.  That’s why we’re driving it.

Our Tour

Our tour will be spread out over a month.  We know many of you will never get a chance to drive Route 66.  For this reason we want to provide you with a virtual road trip along Route 66.

Paul and Brent plan to stop at every significant attraction – man made or natural.  Come night time, if we have access to the Internet, our pictures and videos will go online.  Our blog will post here along with links to our videos and social media posts.  We will also Tweet updates as they happen — signal strength permitting.

 

December 12, 2016

Every Day is a Winding Road

Every Day is a Winding Road

There are parts of Route 66 where the road is straight as an arrow.  Conversely, there are parts of Route 66 that wind and twist.  You’ll see both on Route 66.

Oatman, Arizona is an example of one twisty, dangerous, stretch of road.  Several locations along Route 66 leading up to Oatman have cars that have gone over the side.  It’s part of the attraction of Route 66.

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Route 66 Leading Up to Oatman

Yet, the road leading up to Oatman from the west side is long and straight until you hit the base of the mountain.  (By the way, note in the above photo the condition of the road.  Let me remind you, much of Route 66 is maintained by local businesses and people.)

 

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A Straight Section of Route 66

Sheryl Crow

Speaking of winding roads, here’s Sheryl Crow singing Every day is a Winding Road.

October 26, 2016

Birthday Girl

I'm reminded of a birthday girl today. The first time I ever drove I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did. We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

I'm reminded of a birthday girl today. The first time I ever drove I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did. We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

Birthday Girl

I’m reminded of a birthday girl today.  The first time I ever drove  I think my daughter Crystali got as much of a kick as I did.  We had visited the Grand Canyon, but I think she had more fun on Route 66 than she did at the canyon.

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Oil Cans

She, and the other children, were surprised that oil came in cans (see above).  A spigot sat nearby.  I explained how it worked.  It was an example of why things like this are important.  Route 66 is part of history.

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Chicago to L.A.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available for any business, anywhere.    Watch our sample VLOG by clicking here.  If you want, we’ll even mention your city when we post about your business.

“A special thanks to Bay Photo Labs in Scotts Valley, California,” is an example of what we will say.

Displaying your logo on our web site with a link to your website will increase your website’s search engine optimization too.

Bay Photo Labs Logo

 

For Your Entertainment

Van Morrison sang Moondance back in the early 70s. It was one of my favorite songs.

I didn’t realize he also covered the Route 66 song.  Here’s a great rendition of the theme song…

October 6, 2016

The Stones

There are a lot of rocks along Route 66, but what does the Rolling Stones have to do with Route 66? Read on to find out.

There are a lot of rocks along Route 66, but what does the Rolling Stones have to do with Route 66? Read on to find out.

The Stones

There are a lot of rocks along Route 66, but what does the Rolling Stones have to do with Route 66?

Read on to find out.

Speaking of stones, there are some beautiful rock formations on and near Route 66.  It is near the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion’s Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.  Oatman, Arizona, is on top of a rocky mountain.

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Near Oatman, Arizona

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, while not on Route 66, is only an hour’s drive north.  If you’re in Williams, Arizona, it is worth spending a day at the Grand Canyon.  The entire canyon is made of STONES.

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Grand Canyon

Brent’s last visit to the Grand Canyon was in February, 2008.  Snow dusted the canyon walls (yes, they get snow there), and it was windy, blustery, cold.  This created a sharp contrast between the red rock walls and the white snow.

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Lone Pine Tree

The above tree was photographed at Desert View during the snow storm.  The snow filled air created this haze over the canyon.  Normally, from this vantage point you can see the canyon below.  Not this day.  The dramatic weather created an additional danger which makes it all the more beautiful.

Brent and Paul don’t expect to hit snow next September, but they will visit the canyon.  Depending on time they might also visit the other canyons near Route 66.  The trip is about Route 66, and not the canyons, however they hope to show people the scenery nearby.

Even the Stones Did Route 66

Route 66 is so popular the British Rock Band the Rolling Stones recorded a Route 66 cover.  Listen while Mick Jagger sings the iconic hit by Bobby Troup.

October 4, 2016

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, "Get your kicks on Route 66"? If you do, you're not alone. A lot of people think that. What's on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, "Get your kicks on Route 66"?

Get Your Kicks

When someone mentions Route 66, do you immediately think, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

If you do, you’re not alone.  A lot of people think that.

What’s on Route 66 that justifies the lyrics, “Get your kicks on Route 66”?

Today it is mostly iconic diners and businesses, many of which have been restored.  Then, in big cities, like Pasadena, California, there are modern businesses that didn’t exist when Route 66 was in its prime.

Back in the pre-Interstate highway days, Route 66 hosted many gas stations, motels and restaurants.   It wasn’t unusual for your car to overheat on Route 66 in California, Arizona or other southwestern states.  For that reason, there were service stations and garages along the way.

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Abandoned Gas Station

More Than Just Ghost Towns

Route 66 is more than just ghost towns.  There are small communities that have survived the I-40 devastation. (When Interstate 40 was opened, many businesses and communities died.)  These communities benefit from the tourist traffic.  They host gift shops, restaurants, and other delights for the Route 66 travelers today.

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Diner in San Bernadino

Once you hit the L.A. basin, those portions of Route 66 are thriving as they are surface streets in cities like Pasadena and Santa Monica, for example.  It is when you get out of town that Route 66 becomes a piece of Americana from the past.

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Oatman, Arizona

Here’s Bobby Troup…

For your entertainment, here’s Bobby Troup’s version of the Route 66 theme song.  Bobby Troup WROTE the song, and then Nat King Cole brought it to the top of the Billboard hits that same year. (click here for the Wikipedia story)  Since then at least 50 artists have covered the Route 66 Song.

THANK YOU BOBBY TROUP!