10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

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09.28.17 VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 = Along a stretch of Route 66 east of Amarillo, in Conway, TX you’ll find the quirky VW Slug Bug Ranch, where five Volkswagen Beetles are planted nose-down in the ground—a bookend to the more famous Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

We were the only ones here — you park just off the road and walk over to the cars. A cool abandoned building and older car on property as well.

Here’s how to get to these slug bugs: Exit 96 off 1-40. On the frontage road near the intersection of Rt 270. Look for the tall “MOTEL” sign. Approximate address: 9696 Interstate 40, Conway, TX 79068

As you look at the pictures in case you can’t tell what we spray painted here’s what it all says:  Roy and Rosie 2017, Chip and Misty, our oldest son and wife (whom requested their name not be used), Amite, La (our current hometown).  I hope you can tell that we’re not the first people to walk up to these VW bugs and spray graffiti on them.  You are encouraged to do that.  They are just one of the attractions on Route 66 that people are drawn to. Here they are!

 

That was our first fun stop of the day.  Next we went on to the much more well known Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.  I found out about Cadillac Ranch three years ago and have been wanting to go there so much ever since.  Wait till you see the pictures from that one!

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09.26.17 – Teepee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel and Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tuesday, September 26, 17 – In Tucumcari we saw the Teepee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel and the Route 66 Monument at the Museum.  If you’re counting that’s these three plus two in Santa Rosa that we saw all in one day.  And we watched our home church’s worship service before all this!

Teepee Curios is a gift shop inside a large Teepee.  One thing we’re finding on this trip is that all the Stuckey’s are closed.  The buildings and the signs are still there but they are not open.  When we walked up to the Teepee Curios and saw a sign that they sell Stuckey’s candy we almost ran inside.  We love Stuckey’s Pecan Rolls so we each got two.  I bought a Route 66 purse and a couple of Route 66 family gifts!  I always want to remember this Route 66 journey so I am buying things that will help me do that!

 

The Blue Swallow Motel was on every list of things to see/do in Tucumcari and I could definitely see why! It reminded me so much of motels my parents and I would stay in when we’d go on vacation. I like how their website describes it:

The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.” Unlike the big corporately-owned chains, we are family owned and operated. With hospitality provided by owners Nancy, Kevin, Jessica, and Cameron, you will always be welcomed like family.

From the beautifully restored rooms, to the distinctive attached garages, to the fabulous neon display each night, a stay at the Blue Swallow is a unique experience that will leave you rested, refreshed, and with wonderful new memories. Come take a step back to a simpler time, meet your neighbors from around the world, and relax under the glow of the neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel. It will be a pleasure to have you stay with us!

Next are the insides of where guests park their cars when staying there.  Their garage is next to their room.     

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Last thing in Tucumcari was the Route 66 Monument at their Museum.  The Museum was closed but Dora and I took some photos with the Monument.

Dora seems to park herself in a way that gets her in lots of photos! She says she wants me to write one blog showing all the places she’s visited so we’re working on that!!  Since we saw everything we wanted to in Tucumcari and had not yet killed ourselves from exhaustion we went on to Amerillo, TX where we are staying for three days to see Route 66 things here.

Here’s the road signs going from New Mexico to Texas.  We are very glad to be back in Central Time Zone!

As soon as we entered Texas the landscape changed from mountains everywhere to being able to see as far as we looked with no mountains in the way.  The sage and other bushes that were every where and I mean everywhere stopped.  Beautiful crops all along the interstate were a joy to see.  Guess as much as I love seeing the mountains in all their very various forms and colors, it is nice to again see the flatlands that will lead us to Louisiana in a few weeks!

The windmills were not seen until we crossed into Texas and they are everywhere!

If you think this was a long blog post imagine doing it all plus the last two in one day.  By the end of the day I crawled to my bed and we slept until 11 am today!!  We recovered enough to go to the RV Museum in Amarillo and buy some groceries.  Again, this was one of those grocery shopping trips that included a lot of sweet things, but also a lot of fruits!  I’ll share about the RV Museum in Amarillo next!  Owning and living in an RV made this a very special place to visit!

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09.25.17 Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Monday, September 25, 2017 – Bozo and Anna Cordova have been the proud owners of  this very cool Mom-&-pop museum with classic, vintage, chrome & hot rod cars on display, plus Route 66 memorabilia since 2001. A few of the cars were actually for sale so Roy and I picked out the ones we liked best just in the off chance that one day we’d have the money for them!

You can see where they are located from a good distance with the bright yellow car mounted up high! I’m just gonna post the photos we took here.  We would both highly recommend visiting this place.  I purchased a Route 66 cap with lots of red white and blue bling, a New Mexico magnet and a Route 66 magnet for my refrigerator door collection!  We also bought someone a Christmas present, wooooo wonder who that is for!!

    This is the one Roy picked out to buy!

Route 66 Map.  We driving from the first red dot you can see on the left to the one in Oklahoma City before heading south towards home!  

   

This is the awesome car I picked out!  Very nice flames!!

   

         

Oh did standing in this telephone booth bring back lots of memories!   

We went on to Tucumcari, New Mexico where there was more to see.  Next up is the TeePee Curio shop!

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09.24.17 The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – When we decided to go see the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa near Route 66 we really didn’t know what to expect.  It was very awesome, but I can’t even say I understand it at all, so I’ve included info from their website and a couple of their graphics/pictures along with the photos I took when we were there.

Blue Hole appears in the midst of the desert like a great blue gem. Once known as Blue Lake, it is one of seven sister lakes connected underground by a vast system of water. This wonder defines Santa Rosa even as it seems to defy the surrounding red mesas. Born of a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa sink, the place is magic—as water always is in a land of little rain. Nomadic tribes, cowboys driving their dogies cross the Pecos, and Americans going west on the Mother Road, Route 66, all sought respite here.

In 1932 Blue Hole became a National fish hatchery, morphed into the Blue Hole Recreation Area in the seventies, and more recently expanded to become the Blue Hole Dive and Conference Center. Not just for drivers wanting to get out of the fast lane or divers eager to get on down, it’s more than just a watering hole. Now it’s a destination meeting site for everyone from brides to board chairs. Halfway between Albuquerque and Amarillo, it’s within two hours’ drive of 80 percent of all New Mexicans.

Still, we never forget that the real sapphire is the incredible beauty of the Blue Hole itself. The lake is unsurpassed for its clear, pure water. That’s why we work so hard to protect it, ensuring, for example, that that surface runoff won’t impair its purity.  Like scuba divers who drive ten hours to get here, we know it’s the crystalline water that draws them in. Visibility is an astonishing 100’, due to the fact that the water completely renews itself every six hours—it’s truly never the same lake twice. What doesn’t change is the temperature—a constant 62 degrees.

  Roy wanted to see how cold the water was and he said very

This video shows the whole thing better than the pictures on.

 

That the first stop of a very busy Sunday on Route 66.  Next we went to the Route 66 Auto Museum also in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.  Wow, wow and wow!  I’ll share that next!

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09.21.17 Musical Highway, Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, NM

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Tuesday we set out to experience the Musical Highway, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway and enjoy dinner at the 66 Diner, all in Albuquerque NM which is just a few miles west of where we are staying in Tijera, NM!

The idea of a “Musical Highway” was something we’d never heard of.  Then to have it so close to us that we could actually ride along it and hear “America the Beautiful” was so super cool we had to do it.   It’s a small stretch of road on a part of Route 66.  There are three signs that let you know where it starts.   This is what the road looks like that you go over to make the music play.

This video explains it and lets you hear it!  Check it out!

From there we headed to the Sandia Peak Tramway.  A trip on the tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.  From the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.  The cost is $20 per person and it was well worth it.

The photos below are in order of how we saw each part of the mountain on our way up, at the top, and on our way down.

When we reached the top the winds were blowing sooooo hard it sounded pretty scary.  They have to shut down the tram when winds reach 45 mph.  It was at 40 mph so it was very close.  I took a video so you could hear the sound the winds made at the top.

Looking down into one of the canyons Going up the mountain was very quiet.  The strong winds started as we got nearer the top.  I took this video to give you some idea of what it was like!

We learned that in order to do emergency maintenance while the tram is either going up or down a maintenance person has to ride on top (outside) the tram to get there.  In addition to the maintenance people, the tour people who are on the tram with you had to pass being able to get on top and ride up and down.  Oh my goodness, they had best be paid well!

  I was pretty out of breath and couldn’t do some of the adventuring that Roy did so I waited for him at the top of the steps which lead to the ski area.

The ski lift area is of course closed when there is no snow.

Drinking a lot of water or gatorade when at high elevations helps a lot to not have altitude sickness.     Going back down the mountain.  These photos were taken from the opposite side of the tram and from the rear.   We’ve ridden on trams before but they were not this high and a lot less rocks/mountains were seen.  This was very special and I got to leave two of my rocks there!

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09.20.17 From Arizona to Tijera, New Mexico

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – Here we are arriving in New Mexico.

Dora and Boots like New Mexico!

Another odd Rest Area.  It’s surrounded by mountains!

We’ve seen more railway cars in Arizona and New Mexico’s dessert than we have in our entire lives! We stayed overnight at Walmart in Gallup, NM.  Here we brought our groceries back to our RV!

The next few photos are of lava beds along the interstate.  They were everywhere.  They are the black holes in the ground and the black piles of lava.     

We filled Dora up at this cool gas station on Route 66, then headed up the mountain to Hidden Valley Resort in Tijera, New Mexico!

The scene below is what we see from very near our RV spot.  I got lots of rocks on a walk we took and had to pull my pants up so they didn’t make my pants fall off.  Roy was behind me and got the funny photo!

Tuesday we went to the Sandia Peak Tramway where we rode the Tram from ground level up 2.7 miles up the Mountain.  We’ve ridden trams before but this one was very different!

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10.26.15 Traveling through New Mexico and Texas

Monday, October 26, 2015 – We saw many interesting and some odd sights while traveling through New Mexico and Texas.  Since no where in Louisiana looks like what we saw I wanted to include those sights here for ya’ll to enjoy and for us to look back on!

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We found this Cacti for sale in Walmart.  They actually cook it and eat it!20151018_135831 (Medium) 20151018_145446 (Medium) 20151018_170629 (Medium) 20151018_171858 (Medium) 20151020_120805 (Medium) 20151020_120811 (Medium) 20151020_120834 (Medium) 20151020_120854 (Medium) 20151020_121011 (Medium) 20151020_121154 (Medium) 20151020_140852 (Medium) 20151021_070729 (Medium) 20151021_074456 (Medium) 20151021_111602 (Medium)

This was the most amazing rest area.  The clouds in the mountains were a very neat sight!20151021_111811 (Medium) 20151021_112434 (Medium) 20151021_112547 (Medium) 20151021_112814 (Medium) 20151021_113322 (Medium) 20151021_113338 (Medium) 20151021_114740 (Medium)

This odd looking plant is seen in abundance in New Mexico.  It’s got spindly branches covered with green tiny leaves and some we’ve seen with a purple flower on top.20151021_120302 (Medium) 20151021_120315 (Medium)

As we drove down the road I kept seeing these round green things along the highway for miles.  Begging Roy to stop because you know how I am about potential free produce he finally caved and we stopped.  They are watermelon vines just roaming wild!  I was so excited until we opened one and they are not nearly ripe.  We could have had watermelon for a month if they were ripe!!!20151022_155151 (Medium) 20151022_155207 (Medium)

Cotton fields all along the highway.  These big rectangular packages are picked cotton.20151022_160517 (Medium) 20151022_160521 (Medium)

When we got to Texas the rains poured down and soon we came to Corsicana Texas where the highways were beginning to flood.  Since this time both lanes have gone way under water with many cars under water.  The traffic on the side that was flooded when we passed backed up at least 5 miles.  Those poor people must not have gotten out of that for hours.20151023_155013 (Medium) 20151023_155216 (Medium) 20151023_155537 (Medium)

This is the absolute lowest we have seen Diesel and Gas prices in three years.  We filled Dora and Boots up quick!!20151023_182433 (Medium)

That’s it for our Travels from New Mexico to Texas.  Next we’ll be traveling to Louisiana, Home Sweet Home!!

The rains here in Texas have stopped and the sun came out for an hour earlier!  Praise the Lord!  We’ve heard many reports of high winds and high waters from rain in Louisiana.  It just amazes me that a storm that came into Mexico could still carry such a punch when it made it’s way to Louisiana.

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10.24.15 Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

Update on Texas weather: It stormed constantly with lots of winds for the last 36 hours here. We are on a hill in the RV park but near a lake. The lake has overflowed but we are not in danger of it affecting us. We haven’t been out of our RV since we arrived here but it is slowing down now and hopefully by tomorrow we’ll see sun again!! We were in a rising water situation when we first left Louisiana this May and here we are returning to the area and again lots of water! We saw no rain whatsoever for about two months while on the west coast, what a difference!

They do not have the worship service here at Bishop’s Landing like they use to. We are enjoying TV worship this morning with First Methodist in Houston. The other choice was Joel Olsteen and if you know me well you know my feelings about his message and ministry, so that wasn’t going to be our choice. Thankful that we still can watch a worship service in the United States. Not the same as being in a church building but with the storms here this was today’s option.

Sunday, October 24, 2015 – You may remember what a hard time I had20151021_113820 the last time we toured a cave. I didn’t forget but chose to TRY touring Carlsbad Caverns since it’s such an amazing place. Roy has never been there and really wanted to go so we went! They have various types of tours and we chose one that worked best for us. We chose a self guided tour which is free for us since we have a Senior Pass. Not sure if there 20151021_123151 (Medium)is a charge for the self guided tour but there is a charge for the ones the rangers lead.

The tour we chose allowed us to take an elevator down the 750 feet to get to the Big Room. If we didn’t take the elevator it would have added too much difficulty to the tour for me or Roy. The self guided tour is an hour and a half long so it’s not easy but their pathways were very smooth, no stairs, nice railings and a much easier hike than other caves. There are also plenty of places to sit down and rest along the way!!

At the bottom of the photos is a couple of videos I hope you will enjoy!

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While this was a much easier hike it was still VERY long and my poor Honey was tuckered out at the end!20151021_134418 (Medium)

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