October 10, 2016

Stan Kenton

I grew up on Stan Kenton. I'll start today's post with his band's cover of Route 66. This one rises to the front of the post and not the end.

I grew up on Stan Kenton. I'll start today's post with his band's cover of Route 66. This one rises to the front of the post and not the end.

Stan Kenton

I grew up on Stan Kenton. I’ll start today’s post with his band’s cover of Route 66.  This one rises to the front of the post and not the end.

I wonder how many people remember Stan Kenton’s band.  I am thankful my mom had a collection of his records.

Getting Ready

Getting ready for an event like this is a huge undertaking. The biggest job is lining up sponsors.  We can use all the help we can get.

For this reason we ask for all reader’s help.  If  you are not in a position to sponsor the trip, read our sponsorship page, and then let us know if you have a contact name and phone number for us.  For example, if you know someone at one of the big camera companies, restaurant management, hotel management, etc., we’d like a referral we can follow up on.

Better yet, if you are in a position to grease the skids for us, please let us know.  Just e-mail brent@route66photographers.com.

Some talking points to share with your friend…

  • In return for sponsorship we are will be plugging the sponsors’ business
  • Our web posts will increase S.E.O. for our sponsors’ websites.
  • We offer several options.  Click here.

 

October 8, 2016

Heartbreakers

I'll address heartbreakers and broken hearts later. Before I do that, let's look at what else we will do on this trip. Do you know what a Flat Stanley is?

I'll address heartbreakers and broken hearts later. Before I do that, let's look at what else we will do on this trip. Do you know what a Flat Stanley is?

Heartbreakers

I’ll address heartbreakers and broken hearts later.  Before I do that, let’s look at what else we will do on this trip.

Do you know what a Flat Stanley is?

Flat Stanley

A Flat Stanley is a child’s drawing of a guy (we call him Stanley) that travels all around the world.  As he travels with his traveling companions, his traveling companions take pictures of Stanley in exotic, far away places.

Your Flat Stanley Opportunity

Here is your Flat Stanley Opportunity…

We will take your Flat Stanley on Route 66 with us.  To do this, you must do the following:

  1. Sponsor us for a minimum of $100.
  2. Print a Flat Stanley (many templates available on-line – click here to see), color him (or her… we don’t discriminate).
  3. Send us your Flat Stanley along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE).

Here is what we will do…

  1. We will only accept 7 Flat Stanley’s – one for each day, Sunday through Saturday.
  2. On your Stanley’s day will will take a picture of Stanley wherever we are that day.
  3. We will post the picture of YOUR Stanley on our Facebook page and in our blog that day.
  4. When we complete our trip, your SASE will be mailed from the nearest mailbox we find at the western terminus of Route 66.

Wouldn’t this be a cool gift for a grandchild, someone you miss, someone who needs a little extra love and attention, or just to get noticed?

Rules:

  1. We will not accept Flat Stanley’s without meeting the sponsorship requirement of $100 (minimum).
  2. Flat Stanley must be tastefully clothed (no exposed body parts between the shoulders and the knees).
  3. Flat Stanley cannot have an text or markings on him except for the following:  Route 66 sign, the text, “US Route 66” or “Route 66” or “US 66”.
  4. If you don’t include a SASE your Flat Stanley cannot be returned.
  5. We will not take requests for where and when we photograph Flat Stanley.  (i.e. You may not ask for a photo of him by the Grand Canyon, or in Winslow, Arizona, etc.)
  6. Please write your contact information on the back of your Flat Stanley.
  7. Your Flat Stanley must be no taller than 11″ or wider than 8.5″ and no thicker than 1/8th of an inch.
  8. We will not guarantee Stanley will be 100% protected from the elements.  We will do all we can to protect him/her from rain, dust and wind, but he will be exposed to the elements.  He may return as a well seasoned traveler.

For in-kind sponsorships, please visit http://www.route66photographers.com/sponsorships.

Click here to register for a Flat Stanley Sponsorship.

For Your Entertainment

While I’m not a big Tom Petty fan, I knew a lot of kids growing up who were.  Here’s Tom Petty performing the Route 66 Song…

October 7, 2016

Loving Route 66

Loving Route 66 is easy for me. I miss the days of carhops, drive-ins and full-service gas stations. Even on Route 66 you won't find a lot of those still in existence, but seeing the remains of an era gone by is worth the drive.

Loving Route 66 is easy for me. I miss the days of carhops, drive-ins and full-service gas stations. Even on Route 66 you won't find a lot of those still in existence, but seeing the remains of an era gone by is worth the drive.

Loving Route 66

Loving Route 66 is easy for me.  I miss the days of carhops, drive-ins and full-service gas stations.  Even on Route 66 you won’t find a lot of those still in existence, but seeing the remains of an era  gone by is worth the drive.

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Full Service Days

I remember the attendant opening the hood, pulling the shop rag from his pocket, wiping the dipstick and measuring the oil level.

“You’re a quart low,” the attendant would say, “would you like me to add a quart?”

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Ned’s Oil & Stuff

They checked the radiator, the tires, cleaned the windshield, and more.  It came at a price, but gasoline was 33 cents a gallon.  They sold tires, belts, radiator caps, light bulbs and they installed them too.

Route 66 is a reminder of an era past.  That’s why I’m loving Route 66.  I love Route 66 and this trip proves it.

Kids

About 12 years ago I drove Route 66 with  my younger kids.  My daughter and son pointing to objects and asking, “What is that?”  I explained that oil came in cans, phones had “dials” and how to dial a phone number, and soda bottles were in a cooler filled with water.

Fully restored artifacts exist at some stops.  I enjoy seeing an old Coke machine, and a rotary pay phone hanging on the wall.  These things bring back memories, and who doesn’t like good memories?

For Your Entertainment

Here is some jazz guitar.  Brian Setzer is probably best known for the group Stray Catz.  His rockabilly style is a bit subdued in this piece, but I think you’ll enjoy the guitar playing.

Here’s a new on for me. Brian Setzer does Route 66…

What If Wish List

What if Canon were to sponsor us.  I’d want to go full-frame AND the new mirrorless M5.  We’re not going to be picky about who and what the camera sponsor does, but this much will be necessary for an exclusivity of sponsorship…

It must include two complete systems (full-frame and/or ASP-C).  They must be the latest production models (or pre-production is okay too.)

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 5, 2016

Life is a Highway

Life is a highway when you're traveling on Route 66. By highway, I don't mean freeway or Interstate. I mean HIGH WAY. It's the better way to travel.

Life is a highway when you're traveling on Route 66. By highway, I don't mean freeway or Interstate. I mean HIGH WAY. It's the better way to travel.

Life is a Highway

Life is a highway when you’re traveling on Route 66.  By highway, I don’t mean freeway or Interstate.  I mean HIGH WAY.  It’s the better way to travel.

I never drove Route 66 when it was the main artery from Chicago to L.A.  I was too young and we lived too far away, however I remember much of those Americana icons.  I remember the top loading soda machines, the cans of oil, full-service service stations, Burma Shave signs, and other things you find along Route 66.

Why I-40 Killed Route 66

People ask why I-40 killed Route 66.  To understand why, watch the movie Cars.  While it is a cartoon, it explains what happened.  With an interstate freeway, people stop less often, and when they do stop, they stop at freeway exits.

The old way of travel took you through tiny towns.  You drove by mom-and-pop stores.  You might very well find a service station in the middle of nowhere.  True, it took longer to get from point A to B, but it is the journey that matters.

 

And now for your entertainment…

Life is a Highway, from the movie Cars, by Rascal Flatts applies to Route 66.  It’s not the Route 66 theme song, but the movie Cars is all about Route 66.

From our Friends at B&H

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!

October 3, 2016

Clarification

For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton. It is not open to the public to join them. (Sorry, perhaps another time.)

For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton. It is not open to the public to join them. (Sorry, perhaps another time.)

Clarification

For clarification sake, we want to reiterate that this tour is being taken by Paul Bardotz and D. Brent Walton.  It is not open to the public to join them.  (Sorry, perhaps another time.)  If you want to follow along, you may do so but we will not be reserving your hotel room, providing transportation, or meals.  We will communicate where people can meet up with us.

However, if you watch this blog and follow our Facebook page you can keep track of where we are along the tour.  If you want to meet up with us as we drive through your city, or as you drive Route 66, that’s the way to do it – watch and follow our blog and Facebook pages.

Again, for clarification sake, this is not a “tour” as in a guided tour, but two photographers doing an in depth tour of Route 66.  Others may join us but they are responsible for their own transportation, meals and lodging.

Get On The Car!

Get on the car!  Your magnetic sticker that is. We will put your magnetic sign on our touring car if you qualify.  See http://route66photographers.com/sponsorships/ for details.  Like a racecar with its sponsors stickers, we’ll be cruising Route 66 displaying our sponsor’s logos.

It’s more than just having your logo on the car.  Nightly mentions, Facebook posts, and more will give your company some great exposure.  Look at our sponsorship page and see what benefits come with sponsorships.

We’ll be using products provided by sponsors.  That’s right, even down to the cameras we shoot, we’ll be using their products where applicable.

So, get on board!

And now…

And now for your entertainment, here’s Depeche Mode’s version of Route 66…

October 1, 2016

Advertise on Route 66

Advertise your business on Route 66. Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD. It doesn't matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

Advertise your business on Route 66. Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD. It doesn't matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

Advertise on Route 66

Advertise on Route 66 for your business.  Even if your business is NOT on Route 66, our posts are going to reach the WORLD.  It doesn’t matter where your business is, we will spread your name all over the place.

Think about this… we are spending the next year gathering followers.  Many of those followers will follow us daily.  So, think about hearing this in our nightly video.  (Assume your business is XYZ Corp.)

“Today’s journey through Cadillac Ranch was made possible by our friends at XYZ Corp.  Make sure you visit their website at xyzcorp.com!”

Even if you’re a small mom and pop shop that serves local businesses, we’ll help drive business to your web site through links and special mentions.  You’ll find it is cheaper than many other forms of on-line advertising and you’ll benefit from our own Search Engine Optimization (which is gaining momentum with each post.)

Please consider sponsoring our tour.

Trip Readiness

Our trip readiness becomes more and more crucial each day.  This isn’t a trivial drive.  Paul and Brent will be on the road for about one month.  This means planning stops for doing laundry, making sure things are handled back home, and more.  The plan is crucial!

On days when we fall short on making our mile marker, we will be scrambling to make new hotel reservations and change existing reservations.  There will be days when we overshoot our goal too.  There might even be breakdowns or flat tires along the way.  In all cases, we must prepare.

Part of that preparation is making sure sponsors sign up early in the plans.  In return for signing up early, we will reward accordingly.    A $100 of sponsorship paid today will be rewarded more than a $100 sponsorship paid two months from now.  Thus, get on board early.

For Your Entertainment

Here’s Asleep At the Wheel performing the Route 66 Theme Song….

September 29, 2016

Remembering Glenn Frey

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66? Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona. For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles. They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yup, on Route 66.

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66? Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona. For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles. They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Yup, on Route 66.

Remembering Glenn Frey

What does remembering Glenn Frey have to do with Route 66?

Many may not realize it, but Route 66 goes through Winslow, Arizona.  For those not old enough to know, Glenn Frey was in a band called the Eagles.  They sung a song named Take It Easy that is about a young man standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.  Yup, on Route 66.

In my generation, every young man dreamed of standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, waiting for that cute girl to drive by.  I think any young man back then who claims he didn’t have that fantasy is lying.  The song was epic and on everyone’s lips.

Glenn died this earlier this year.  A few years earlier he recorded the Route 66 Theme Song.

Winslow, Arizona

When we get to Winslow, Arizona, we will be photographing that very corner.  Perhaps we’ll find a girl in a flatbed Ford to photograph. (We’ll take volunteers if you want to meet us there.)

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Winslow, Arizona – A Girl and a Flatbed Ford

Sponsoring

Sponsoring us can be specific as saying, “I want to sponsor your Winslow, Arizona, portion of the trip.”   We can talk about what that means and what it will require.  The nice thing about these sponsorships is we’re flexible.

September 28, 2016

Next Year

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour. We are taking our time, and we're doing it right. We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour. We are taking our time, and we're doing it right. We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

Next Year

Next year will bring some exciting adventures, the least of which will not be our Route 66 Photographers Tour.  We are taking our time, and we’re doing it right.  We plan on averaging about 100 miles a day.

I anticipate some of those days we’ll drive a good stretch before taking any photos.  Other days we’ll be shooting most of the day and hardly doing any driving.  There will be days too when we pass something, turn around, go back and shoot it.

Conversation

Conversation is the key to the backstory.  The backstory is the story behind the photograph which we will tell as we travel along.  We will converse with the folks we meet on Route 66, take their pictures, and tell their stories.

My last trip down a portion of Route 66 I met Elmer.  Elmer is the creator of the Bottle Tree Forest near San Bernardino, California.

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Elmer – Bottle Tree Sculpture

The backstory to this picture is, Elmer lives out here in the desert.  He spends his days searching for bottles in the desert.  He brings them home and posts them on a rebar tree.  His forest has become a Route 66 attraction.

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Bottle Tree Forest – Route 66

Make sure you follow us and be part of this epic adventure for more backstories and photos.

Click here to join the group, like and follow us on Facebook:   Facebook

On Twitter you can contact and follow us @route66tour2016

Our YouTube channel will be available soon.

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available now.  Early-birds get an advantage.  Many of our sponsorships have a first-come/first-serve prioritization.

How does that work?

For example, when we do our nightly broadcast, those who sponsored us first will be mentioned earlier in the show.  You’ll be higher on our web listings, and you’ll get to pick your spot on the car.

It pays to be early!

For Your Entertainment

If you want see some of the places we will visit, watch this cool video by Jakub Gorajek and Sylwia Gorajek set to Depeche Mode’s version of the Route 66 theme song.