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Bottle Tree Forest

September 26, 2017

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location - Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

Longest Day

This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  Our location – Cool Springs Station.  It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.

The management at the Ramblin’ Rose were very nice.  They didn’t have a key slot, so I had to wake them at 5am to return the key.  Even thought I woke them to do so, they were cheerful and kind.  The place is a great deal.  No thrills, just a clean comfortable place to stay on Route 66 near the Grand Canyon.

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Cool Springs Station, Arizona
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Sunrise This morning
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Just before the Sunrise
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Twilight
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The Road Down from Oatman

Desert Sunrise

We got to Cool Springs a few minutes before twilight.  It was quite chili before the sun came out.  The wind made it feel colder.  It wasn’t real cold, but cold enough to make my fingers numb.

Once the sun came out, we took a few more pictures and made our way to Oatman.  Oatman is an old gold mining town at the top of the mountains between Kingman, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada.

Oatman is best known for its wild donkeys.  Many business take advantage of this.  Sassy Ass, Saving Your Ass, etc.

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Yeah, there are a lot of asses in Oatman.
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See What I Mean?
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Old Gold Mine Addit

 

Road Closures

After leaving Oatman, we discovered the west bound Route 66 was closed between I-40 and Oatman.  This detoured us through Nevada and in to Needles, California.

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Road Closed

Then, every time we exited I-40 for Historic Route 66 the road was closed.  We ended up going 3 exits before we found our way south to Historic Route 66.  It was a long drive south to meet up with Route 66, but once we did, things sailed along.

Bagdad

The Bagdad Café is a Route 66 icon.  We stopped and added our names to the door as well as a Bay Photo sticker.  (We’re sneaky that way.)

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Where’s Bay Photo? It shouldn’t be hard to spot where I put their sticker.
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Leaving Our Mark When Allowed
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Bagdad Cafe on Route 66

The owner posed for a photo, and we were on our way again.

Bottle Tree Forest

The bottle tree forest blew Paul’s mind as I thought it would.  We met a young couple from L.A. there, as well as a man from Sweden.  Then, while we were walking around, the owner, Elmer, came out.

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Elmer – The Artist Behind the Bottle Forsest
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A couple of students we met in the Bottle Tree Forest
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Paul Takes a Break in the Bottle Tree Forest

Elmer has built the bottle tree forest and loves to memorize scriptures.  We had a very nice talk.  He’s a very nice man.

On To Pasadena

From there we pretty much booked to Pasadena.  We made a stop at a biker bar that is being rebuilt after a fire.  The owner explained they provide memorials to any dead biker.  He showed us celebrity biker memorials like Evil Kenevil, James Dean, Dennis Hopper and more.

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Owner Poses with Elvis Memorial Guitar

We finally arrived at our hotel where we were warmly greeted, our car parked, and luggage taken to our room.  Our room tonight is courtesy of the Hilton of Pasadena.

After checking in, we enjoyed a nice Brazilian BBQ dinner.

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Our Room at the Pasadena Hilton just off Route 66 (Colorado Blvd)
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Dinner In Pasadena

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to day to…

Republic Wireless – worked amazingly well through the California Mojave Desert

Bay Photo – People are loving the bookmarks!

Ramblin’ Rose  – for nice accommodations the last two nights.

Pasadena Hilton – for superb service and a very nice room tonight.

P.S. More photos will be added to this blog tomorrow.

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

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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.