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Dan and River's Southwest Adventure 2023
Tag along on our recent trip along historic Route 66, including several national parks and other public lands. These photos are in chronological order and some include links for more information. For information about Route 66 in California, visit the California Historic Route 66 Association.
First stop was the wildflower super bloom at Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Next was a stop in Palm Springs to hike and see one of the art pieces from the Desert X exhibit.
We began our journey onto historic Route 66 at 66 To Cali, a souvenir stand and information center.
"WHAT DOES ONE DO WHEN left with thousands of colored glass bottles? Begin a massive recycling effort, or perhaps an obscure outdoor art gallery? Elmer Long decided on both after becoming the sole beneficiary of a massive bottle collection." Atlas Obscura
Victorville has an endearing Route 66 museum staffed completely by volunteers.
Daggett, founded in the 1880s, is just east of Barstow, CA, and has a population of 200. The population of this graveyard is unknown.
"Get your asses out of the road!"
This is just off a paved hiking path.
Joseph City, AZ
Dinosaurs are not extinct along Route 66.
2,000-year-old symbols at Petrified Forest National Park.
Visiting friend and colleague Elise. Photo by her husband, Michael. Albuquerque was our eastern-most destination. From there, we began the return trip home, mostly along I-40.
This World Heritage Site preserves the "great houses" (ceremonial sites) of the Chacoan people. "Today the massive buildings of the Ancestral Puebloan people still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 CE, come and explore Chaco." National Park Service
"Charm of yesterday. Convenience of tomorrow."
Between Gallup, NM, and Kingman, AZ, is Seligman. The town is named after the Jewish brothers who financed the railroad, but is pronounced "sel-IG-man," rather than "ZELL-ig-man."