ALBUQUERQUE, NM TO THE CALIFORNIA BORDER
October 12-18, 2014
Sunday, October 12
We'll plan on meeting at our motel near Old Town Albuquerque this afternoon around 5PM, have dinner in Old Town, then spend a while wandering the historic old plaza. Back at the motel we'll have a short image presentation on what we will be seeing during the coming days, but this will be an early evening so everyone can get rested from their travels..
Monday, October 13
We'll head south on a 1937 stretch of Rt. 66 which passes Isleta Pueblo with it's lovely historic Spanish church, then loops back west towards Laguna Pueblo through the rugged high desert landscape. Then through Grants and into Gallup where we'll spend the night in the historic El Rancho Motel.
Tuesday, October 14
West of Gallup we'll follow some wonderful stretches of the original highway into Arizona and a full day of nostalgia and "Americana" as we head on through Holbrook to Winslow, where we'll be spending the night in the historic "La Posada", one of the original Harvey Houses which has been fabulously restored and decorated. We'll plan on arriving at the La Posada early enough to enjoy the surroundings, watch the trains come by as they always have, and have a critique and review session.
Wednesday, October 15
After a leisure La Posada breakfast we'll do some shooting around Winslow then head west past Two Guns, Twin Arrows, Winona and more Rt 66 memories on the way to Flagstaff for the night.
Thursday, October 16
We'll spend a while this morning shooting the trains passing the old train depot in Flagstaff. Then on to Williams for an old-fashioned milk shake at Twisters before traveling my favorite section of the old highway---the cracked and crumbled 1920's red pavement that leads to the Partridge Creek Bridge. We'll then follow the longest remaining section of Old 66 that is still in use into Seligman, which is definitely the "funkiest" town on our route. We'll plan on getting into Seligman in mid-afternoon, check into our rooms at the Rt.66 Motel, and explore the town before dinner at the Road Kill Cafe ,
Friday, October 17
We'll head further west through Truxton, Crozier Canyon, Valentine, and one of the most famous Rt. 66 stops, Hackberry, then to Kingman. After checking into our motel, we'll head west over Sitgraves Pass, which was one of the most dreaded mountain passes on Rt 66. On the western side of the pass, the Colorado River and Calilfornia are seen in the distance. At the bottom of the pass is Oatman, a once thriving mining town that became a ghost town that became a very funky but fun last stop on our journey. We will then head Kingman and hopefully get back in time to enjoy a great Rt 66 museum before dinner and more neons for those that have the energy.
Saturday, October 18
Everyone chooses their own route from here with fond memories, new friends, lots of great photos and a real sense of one of the nation's most loved highways.