FROM ROUTE 66 TO NAVAJO COUNTRY

Motorcyclists, tour buses, caravans and hundreds of visitors from all over the world were enjoying the nostalgia of Route 66 on our recent trip (June 2018).  Seligman and Williams were reaping the benefits of the attraction Route 66 has for so many people.The famed barber, Angel Delgadillo, was on hand in front of his barbershop surrounded by adoring fans. This humble man loves visitors. He is purportedly largely responsible for the re-fame of the Mother Road. BTW, he received his barber certificate in Pasadena.


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OUR FAVORITE STOP IS IN WINSLOW AT THE LA POSADA. WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE. WE MADE IT THERE FOR BREAKFAST SO I COULD ORDER THE CORNMAIDEN’S BREAKFAST – A POACHED EGG ON CREAMY POLENTA – SERVED BY A HARVEY GIRL.

NOT A TRUE ROUTE 66 EXPERIENCE UNLESS WE MEET UP WITH PROLIFIC ROUTE 66 AUTHOR JIM HINKLEY. NICE LUNCH AT THE DUNBAR IN KINGMAN:

THE GRANDEST OF CANYONS

 

 

GLEN CANYON DAM -WE TOOK THE DAM TOUR. VERY IMPRESSIVE! Continue reading “FROM ROUTE 66 TO NAVAJO COUNTRY” »

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ANZA BORREGO – ART, COLOR, FRIENDS, FOOD


THIS AWESOME SCULPTURE BY RICARDO BRECEDA GREETED US AS WE ENTERED THE PARK. ANZA-BORREGO IS THE LARGEST CALIFORNIA STATE PARK WITH 650,000 SQUARE ACRES AND MORE THAN 500 MILES OF DIRT ROADS TO EXPLORE.

BRECEDA’S SCULPTURES, SOME 200 OF THEM, DOT THE LANDSCAPE.

WITHIN THE STATE PARK BOUNDARY IS THE TOWN OF BORREGO SPRINGS. GREAT SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. DINNER AT THE LOCAL HANGOUT “CARLEES” AND CACTUS MARGARITAS AT PABLITOS.

NOT MUCH BY WAY OF WILDFLOWERS THIS YEAR, BUT WE WERE IN TOWN FOR THE LOCAL AIR SHOW.

JOINING IN THE RANGER LED BIRDWALK WE SAW 20 SPECIES OF BIRDS AND LOTS OF CACTUS IN BLOOM. WE COVERED THE AREA AROUND THE VISITOR CENTER.

WE ENJOYED THE POOL AND JACUZZI AND JUST HANGING AROUND CAMP.

LOTS OF FOOD AT THE GROUP CAMP POTLUCK FOLLOWED BY A CAMPFIRE. JUDY BROUGHT MARSHMALLOWS – A CAMPFIRE MUST!

 

 

WARNED OF COACHELLA TRAFFIC, WE TOOK THE MOUNTAIN ROAD HOME AND STOPPED AT RICARDO BRECEDA’S SKY ART GALLERY IN AGUANGA. PICKED UP AN ART PIECE: KOKOPELLI.


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Whales, dolphins, sunsets, flowers and a mission

THE HIGHLIGHT OF A DOHENY CAMPOUT IS A WHALE WATCH TRIP. WE SPIED 3 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF DOLPHINS, A GREY WHALE AND SEA LIONS.

 

THE LOS RIOS DISTRICT OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO IS A STREET NEXT TO THE TRACKS AND DEPOT THAT IS LINED WITH SMALL VINTAGE HOUSES TURNED RESTAURANTS. EACH HAS ITS OWN PERSONALITY. BOUTIQUES ARE SPRINKLED IN. OUR FAVORITE IS THE RAMOS HOUSE, FAMOUS FOR ITS BLOODY MARYS.

NOT FAR IS THE PICTURESQUE MISSION SAN LUIS REY. IT IS PRIVATELY OWNED. A TOUR INTO CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND THE GROUNDS IS WELL WORTH WHILE.


A stop in Carlsbad at the flower fields is spectacular during the Spring, but not yet at its prime time. A trek through Armstrongs is always fun.

 

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26 MILES ACROSS THE SEA

MEET (L-R) Irene (Spain) and Jamira (Germany) foreign exchange students at Alta Loma High School. We treated them to a day in Catalina and they loved every minute. It was a cold day, but sparkling clear.

At the Long Beach downtown harbor, we boarded the Express. Paid extra for the Commodore lounge so boarded first and enjoyed our free drink.

STROLLING ALONG THE MAIN  STREET WE ENJOYED THE SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, OCEAN VIEWS, AND STROLLED ALONG TO THE CASINO. DIVERS WERE SUITING UP EVERYWHERE AND BRAVING IT INTO THE COLD WATER TO BRING OUT TRASH. IT WAS CLEAN UP THE HARBOR DAY FOR DIVE CLUBS FROM ALL OVER.


Renting a golf cart we explored the island and after climbing up a winding road enjoyed lovely panoramic views. Made a stop at the zip line.


We covered the land, now time to look under the surface. Sort of a bogus trip but we did see fish.


It was a great day and we enjoyed showing our visitors around one of California’s gems.

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A DAY AT THE GETTY

“The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance.


THE GETTY! THE TRAFFIC ON THE 405 IS A NIGHTMARE. PARKING ($15) IS A PAIN. WAITING IN LINE WITH HUNDREDS OF SCHOOL KIDS IS ANNOYING. BUT ONCE YOU ARE THERE IT IS AMAZING.

THE SCENERY, THE FLOWERS, THE TREES, THE VIEWS AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE EXHIBITS.

ADMISSION IS FREE!!

I’M POSTING OUR PICTURES AND REALLY NEED NOT SAY MORE.

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Quartzsite to Parker to Hole in the Wall Trek

 

Quartzsite is crazy this time of year with hundreds of vendors, special shows, food, the book store and a ton of snowbirds escaping their snow-bound homes.  We chose to camp at The Cove in Blythe, about 25 miles from Quartzsite.  The campground is on the River and has all the amenities.  From there we spent a day at the CIBOLA WILDLIFE REFUGE.

Sandhill cranes are a sure sighting if you visit at the right time, and we did! We searched the flocks of birds with our binoculars and identification guide in hand, but after a while they all looked alike.


Along the Goose Loop Road we see owl houses built by the park service. Unfortunately the owls have left for a while


 

Headed out to Parker on the river is an adventure. You never know what you will find from a burro to a saguaro that has snuck across the border to California.


ONE ODD DESERT TREK IS LOTS OF FUN AND MAKES YOU PART OF A SECRET CROWD. OUT OF PARKER YOU TURN RIGHT AT A LITTLE SIGN THAT SAYS “CIENIGA.” FOR SEVERAL MILES ON A BUMPY ROCKY DIRT ROAD ITS THE ONLY SIGN YOU WILL SEE. WE RACE ALONG IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE AND SUDDENLY FIND A TRAFFIC JAM. DOZENS OF CARS BUMPING THROUGH, MOST PASSENGER CARS. THIS GOES ON FOR 4 MILES TIL YOU REACH NELLIE’S SALOON AT THE DESERT BAR. ONCE IN SIDE YOU WILL BE AMAZED ITS FREE, THE BANDS ARE GREAT, THE DANCE FLOOR IS FULL AND THE FOOD FLOWING – MOSTLY HOT DOGS AND BURGERS.

GREAT SUNSETS! THIS ONE IS IN BLYTHE:

OUR FRIEND: CHRIS STAHL

AFTER A NIGHT AT THE AVI MAKING OUR DONATION TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS, WE ENJOYED THE SOLITUDE IN HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPGROUND IN THE MOJAVE PRESERVE. WE HAD HOPED TO SEE THE NEWLY RE-OPENED MITCHELL CAVERNS BUT IT WAS CLOSED.

WARM IN THE SUN, BUT A BIT CHILLY WHEN IT GOES DOWN!

BELOW IS AT COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND IN JOSHUA TREE:

WE ARE SO VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THESE WILD LANDS TO VISIT. LET’S HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO SURVIVE.

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SHOSHONE DAYS, 49ER ENCAMPMENT DEATH VALLEY, NOVEMBER 2017

 

KICKING OFF SHOSHONE DAYS, BIRDWALK PARTICIPANTS MET AT THE SHOSHONE MUSEUM. LED BY LEONARD WARREN, ORNITHOLOGIST,THE GROUP HIKED TO THE SHOSHONE RV PARK AND THE TRAIL WHICH CIRCUMVENTS THE PUPFISH POND AND RECREATED VOLE HABITAT.

THE RV PARK DISALLOWS WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES. OURS IS ABOVE-GROUND AND RUN ON PROPANE. WE WERE THE ENVY OF THE CAMPGROUND.

SHOSHONE NIGHT LIFE CENTERS AROUND THE CORKSCREW SALOON.

THE SPRING FED POOL IS A CONSTANT 89 DEGREES.

MARTA BECKET. A SUCCESSFUL AND DEDICATED ARTIST AND DANCER IN NEW YORK, MARTA VISITED THE CALIFORNIA DESERT AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE EMPTY DETERIORATING BUILDING WHICH SHE EVENTUALLY MADE INTO AN OPERA HOUSE WHERE SHE SPENT YEARS AS A ONE-PERSON SHOW. HER HISTORY IS COMPELLING. MARTA DIED A FEW YEARS AGO. I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO SEE HER IN THE 1970S.

 


CHINA RANCH IS DELIGHTFUL TO VISIT. THE ROAD IS A SCENIC DRIVE. China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley. The gift shop is full of antiques and the best part is the date bread and date shakes.

THELONGSTREET CASINO AND RV PARK IS A STRANGE PLACE FOCUSED ON LARGE COWS. IT IS LOCATED IN THE AMARGOSA VALLEY JUST OVER THE NEVADA BORDER.

 

AFTER 5 DAYS IN SHOSHOE AND SURROUNDING AREAS, WE HEADED FOR FURNACE CREEK IN DEATH VALLEY FOR THE 49ER ENCAMPMENT TO CELEBRATE THE PIONEER SPIRIT. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH FURNACE CREEK BE PREPARED FOR SOME SURPRISES. THE FURNACE CREEK INN IS CLOSED AND UNDER RENOVATION. A MISSION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION ACROSS THE HIGHWAY. GET TO FURNACE CREEK RANCH AND THE STORE, COFFEE SHOP, STEAKHOUSE, ETC. ARE GONE. A MAKESHIFT RESTAURANT IS AVAILABLE NEAR THE GOLF COURSE AND THE GOLF SHOP IS NOW A GIFT SHOP/STORE.

THANK GOODNESS THE SPRING-FED POOL WAS OPEN.

TEXAS SPRINGS CAMPGROUND WAS CLOSED BUT SUNSET WAS OPEN. WE FOUND A GOOD SPOT AND ENJOYED OUR TIME THERE. WE COULD EVEN HEAR THE CONCERTS FROM OUR CAMPSITE. FAMILY ARRIVED ALONG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – TWO FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS. IRENE IS FROM SPAIN, AND JAMIE FROM GERMANY. THEY LOOKED FORWARD TO A CLIMB AT THE SAND DUNES.

THERE WAS A CRAFT FAIR AND AN ART SHOW AND PROGRAMS AT THE VISITOR CENTER. THERE WAS ALSO A PARADE WHERE ALAN MARCHED WITH THE CLAMPERS.

THE DAY’S HIGHLIGHT: THE WAGON TRAIN ARRIVAL

THESUNSETS IN DEATH VALLEY ARE MAGNIFICENT AS IS THE EVENING SKY.

BELOW IS BADWATER, BELOW SEA LEVEL.

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CRAFT FAIR DEC. 9, 2017 AT ANDRES DUARTE STATUE PLAZA & GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

VENDORS:

FOLLOWING IS VENDOR APPLICATION.  IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE PRINT THE APPLICATION, COMPLETE AND MAIL WIITH CHECK.  DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE EVENT..  THIS IS A GREAT LOCATION, ON ROUTE 66 IN THE HEART OF DUARTE.  WE WILL OCCUPY THE STATUE PLAZA AND THE GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PROPERTY.  THE FAIR IS SPONSORED BY THE DUARTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM.  ANY PROFITS FROM THE VENDOR PARTICIPATION FEES WILL SUPPORT THIS ALL-VOLUNTEER MUSEUM.

VENDOR APPLICATION

WINTER SOLSTICE CRAFT FAIR & FLEA MARKET

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2017 AT DUARTE STATUE PLAZA (9am-4pm)

1551Huntington Drive, Duarte

Name:    _______________________________________________________

Address, City and Zip:____________________________________________

Phone:   _______________________________________________________

Email:   _______________________________________________________

No. of spaces desired: ______ ($40 for 10X18; $70 for 2 10X18 adjacent spaces for same vendor; 6 5X5 spaces available at $25 each.) Vendors provide their own equipment.

What do you propose selling?  Limited to handcrafted goods including baked goods (nothing that will spoil), and vintage wares pre-1970._______________________________________________________________

Limited electricity available.  Do you require electricity?  _____

VENUE:  We will occupy the area around the Andres Duarte Statue on Huntington Drive (Route66) across the street from City Hall, and the adjacent property of the Grace Fellowship Church.  Church and street parking are available for customers.  Vendors will unload then park in the city parking lot on the south side of Huntington, returning via crosswalk.

The Craft Fair committee will provide helpers, unleash a publicity campaign and organize the event.  Proceeds support the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, an all-volunteer non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of local history.

For information contact:  Karen Levein, (626) 201-1449 or k.levein@gmail.com.

MAIL check payable to the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, c/o Claudia Heller, 277 Opal Canyon Road, Duarte CA 91010, together with this completed application. A confirmation will be sent with more details.  No applications will be considered after November 30 or after 50 applications have been confirmed whichever comes first.


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GOFFS: STUDY THE PAST

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ON OLD HIGHWAY 66 IN THE MOJAVE DESERT IS A COMPOUND CALLED “GOFFS.” Established by the foremost author on the history of the Mojave Desert Dennis Casebier, it is now called The Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association. We have been privileged to be members for the past 20 years and enjoy the group’s annual Rendezvous held in October each year. These are dedicated souls with a passion for recording and enjoying the history of the area and mainly The Old Mojave Road. It starTed out as The Mojave Trail when local Indian tribes used it to travel to trade areas (all the way to the coast). It grew into a wagon road where settlers traveled and mail transported. Due to attacks by Indians, the government set up posts along the way for protection. Much evidence still remains along the road with remnants from old posts, spring heads, petroglyphs, old cabin runs, etc.

A DIRT-COVERED VEHICLE IS PROOF YOU TREKKED THE OLD MOJAVE ROAD!

THE ROCK SPRING LOOP TRAIL TAKES YOU TO THE SPRING AND TO A CABIN. The Rock House was constructed by Bert Smith in 1929. He came to this area to recover from poison gas exposure suffered during World War I. Doctors told him he didn’t have long to live, but the dry desert air proved so beneficial to Smith’s health that he lived here for 25 more years! The second long-term resident was artist Carl Faber, who lived and worked at the rock house in the 1980s, selling his artwork to passing travelers.

While on the trail we shared a picnic table with a youth group from Bishop. They were installing water guzzlers for small animal desert dwellers!

BACK AT GOFFS WE ENJOYED THE ACTUALLY WORKING STAMP MILLS AND A GIRATOR. WHAT DEDICATION IT TAKES TO RESCUE THESE OLD DESERT REMNANTS AND GET THEM INTO WORKING ORDER.

And our favorite is an old canon which is set off as one of the Rendezvous highlights:

 


 The anchor of Goffs is the old 1914 Schoolhouse which served the area for many years. Abandoned at one time it was deteriorating dueto vandals and the harsh desert elements, but was rescued by this group and now serves as a museum and office at Goffs.

A MEMORIAL GARDEN GIVES US TIME TO REFLECT ON THOSE WE HAVE LOST. HERE ARE BRICKS FOR MY SON BEAU, AND FOR MY PARENTS. MY FATHER WAS A MEMBER OF THE MDCHA AND COLLABORATED WITH DENNIS CASEBIER WHEN WRITING HIS BOOKS.
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DEBBIE MILLER’S TRIBUTE TO OLIVE OATMAN WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE RENDEZVOUS.  Olive Oatman is not the only well-known captive who was recovered and returned to her home community, but her story does exemplify what happened to women who were captured by Native American Indians and the ongoing emotional trauma they experienced when they were returned to their families.  AMAZINGLY DEBBIE MADE THIS DRESS HERSELF – A REPLICA OF ONE OF OLIVE’S OUTFITS.  You may know Oatman as the burro roaming town on Route 66 near Laughlin.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A STOP ON THE WAY HOME:  THE SALTON SEA

WE ENJOYED THE SOLITUDE AS THE ONLY ONES IN THE CAMPGROUND. ALTHOUGH WE SPOTTED BLACK NECKED STILTS, PELICANS, EGRETS AND HERONS, THE AREA WAS NOTICABLY DEVOID OF THE USUALLY ABUNDANT BIRD LIFE. DEAD DRIED TILAPIA LINED THE SHORE, TESTIMENT TO THE OXYGEN-STARVED SALINE LAKE. A WATER SOAKED PICNIC BENCH IS TESTAMENT TO THE FLUCTUATING LAKE LEVELS.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR SALTON SEA CAMPING HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BRILLIANT SUNSET, BUT IT WAS RATHER SUBDUED THIS TRIP.


WHERE OH WHERE DID COWBOY MAN GO? HE WAS MISSING FROM HIS SPOT IN MECCA AT AN OLD STRIP MALL. I STOPPED TO INQUIRE AND WAS TOLD HE WAS SOLD TO SOMEONE IN APPLE VALLEY. I’D LOVE TO FIND HIM. PLEASE REPORT IF YOU RUN INTO HIM!

 

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FALL COLORS PAINT THE EASTERN SIERRAS

BRILLIANT FALL COLORS PAINT THE EASTERN SIERRAS AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE FALL, DEPENDING ON THE ELEVATION. A CHANGE IN AIR TEMPERATURE AND DECREASED DAYLIGHT ALSO AFFECT THE TIME AND SPECTRUM OF THE COLORS. OUR TRIP WAS IN LATE SEPTEMBER. SOME AREAS WERE COLORFUL, OTHERS NOT SO MUCH. THE WEATHER WAS CALM AND MILD WITH BRILLIANT BLUE SKIES AND LOTS OF TOURISTS EVERYWHERE.
WE MADE OUR USUAL STOP IN BISHOP TO VISIT THE MOUNTAIN LIGHT GALLERY. THE FANTASTIC PHOTOS OF GALEN ROWELL TAKEN ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE A WONDER TO BEHOLD. GALEN AND BARBARA ROWELL WERE A DYNAMIC COUPLE, NEVER MORE AT HOME THEN THEY WERE IN THE EASTERN SIERRAS. SADLY A TRAGIC ACCIDENT TOOK THEIR LIVES IN 2002. THEIR CHILDREN OPENED THE GALLERY TO HONOR THEIR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

TO OUR SHOCK WE FOUND THAT THE GALLERY IS ABOUT TO CLOSE ITS DOORS. WE WILL MISS THIS ALWAYS ENJOYABLE STOP.

WE STOPPED AT THE EASTERN SIERRA MUSEUM IN INDEPENDENCE AND TO OUR DELIGHT THEY WERE SELLING THE BOOK WE AUTHORED IN THEIR GIFT SHOP: CURIOSITIES OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT. WE ALWAYS ENJOY PERUSING THE MUSEUM, AND WANDERING THROUGH THE OUTSIDE YARD WHICH FEATURES SO MUCH LOCAL HISTORY. ADDED THIS YEAR IS A NEWLY RENNOVATED LOCOMOTIVE.


ENJOYING THE MILD FALL WEATHER WE CAMPED AT KEOUGH HOT SPRINGS. THE DEVELOPED SWIMMING AREA SPORTS A HUGE WARM POOL AND A BIG SHALLOW HOT POOL. IT IS COVERED, HAS FACILITIES, A GIFT SHOP AND FOOD. A SHORT WAYS AWAY ARE THE WILD HOT SPRINGS WHICH ARE CLEAN AND CLEAR AND BEAUTIFUL. BE PREPARED TO COVER YOUR EYES!

WHILE CAMPED AT LONE PINE, ALAN WANDERED THROUGH THE PET CEMETERY.

A JUVENILE COOPER’S HAWK ENJOYS HIS REFLECTION IN A PUDDLE.

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