THE WIGWAM MOTEL IN RIALTO – GETTING OUR KICKS!

A GROUP OF 13 DUARTEANS CHECKED INTO THE ICONIC WIGWAM MOTEL IN RIALTO FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY. FIRST A DIP IN THE POOL ON A WARM AFTERNOON AFTER CHECKING INTO OUR TEEPEES. THE ROOMS ARE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THE AMENITIES.

Dinner delivered by Juan Pollo – the chicken chain owned by Albert Okura – owner of the Route 66 town of Amboy.

A few years ago we stayed and partied at the Wigwam. Our dear friend brought his hotrod. Sadly he passed away recently and we held a small memborial with a cake. His wife BJ was with us.

 

Jim & Kathy Kirchner at their Teepee

BJ tries one of the morning donuts. A leisurely morning then we pack up and head for the ORIGINAL MCDONALDS MUSEUM.

This is the site of the first McDonald’s that was open in 1940, but the property has since been purchased by the owner of local chicken restaurant Juan Pollo and converted into a museum. It is always debated as to whether this location is the first, since the Des Plaines McDonalds in Illinois also claims that, but the Illinois one was opened 15 years after this original one.

PARKER – RIVER FUN, BURNING BRIDGE & PIRATE’S DEN

WHEN YOU GO TO PARKER BE SURE YOU HAVE A FRIEND LIKE HANS WITH A BEAUTIFUL BOAT!

Julie gets a lesson on how to be a captain.

RETURNING TO THE CALIFORNIA SIDE AFTER A NIGHT AT THE CASINO, WE WERE SHOCKED TO SEE THE RAILROAD BRIDGE ON FIRE. IN THE MORNING WHEN WE HEADED HOME, FLAMES WERE STILL ALIVE.

DINNER AT THE PIRATE’S DEN ON THE RIVER

A STOP IN QUARTZSITE BROUGHT THE BAD NEWS. PAUL WINER, AKA THE NAKED BOOK MAN HAD PASSED AWAY IN MAY. SO SAD TO HEAR THIS. HE WAS A CHARACTER FOR SURE. A MUSICIAN, BOOK SELLER, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND NUDIST.

AND CLOSER TO HOME WE FOUND OUR LONG-LOST COWBOY. FOR YEARS WE VISITED HIM AT HIS STRIP MALL IN MECCA AND THEN – POOF – ONE DAY HE WAS MISSING. WE PUT OUT A PLEA FOR THE PUBLIC TO BE ON THE ALERT BUT WERE UNABLE TO FIND HIM. THEN, DRIVING HOME FROM PARKER, THERE HE WAS IN FRONT OF A LITTLE TOURIST SHOP IN JOSHUA TREE WHERE HE IS WELL LOVED AND TAKEN CARE OF. THEY RE-NAMED HIM “JOSH.”

BIGFOOT JAMBOREE IN HAPPY CAMP

WHEN YOU PASS SHASTA YOU KNOW HAPPY CAMP ISN’T FAR OFF. BRILLIANT AUGUST SKY! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIGFOOT PARADE AND JAMBOREE AND THE GARRETT SIBLING REUNION!

THAT IS WHAT I LIKE. WE PULL INTO THE RANCH AND DINNER IS SERVED.

A JAUNT INTO TOWN TO VISIT BIGFOOT. NEXT, THE BIGFOOT PARADE AND JAMBOREE. THIS LITTLE TOWN IS HERE TO PARTICIPATE AND TO CHEER ON THE PARADERS. STARTED OFF THE MORNING ON THE PARADE ROUTE WITH BLOODY MARYS COURTESY OF MY SISTER KAREN.




A SIB REUNION NIGHT AT BROTHER CHRIS’S CABIN WITH THREE OF MY FOUR BROTHERS ENTERTAINING. ALWAYS A FAVORITE: DEAD SKUNK BY CHRIS, KIMBALL AND KIRBY. COUSIN JEFF KENNEDY JOINED US. THANKS TO CASEY AND GEORGE FOR ALL THEIR HOSPITALITY AT THEIR RANCH.

COUSIN JEFF

THE ADVENTURESOME MEN HAD AN ADVENTURE AT DILLON CREEK

I PREFERRED THE POOL

LEAVING HAPPY CAMP WE TOOK THE RIVER ROAD AND HIT A FEW CASINOS THEN ENDED IN TRINIDAD BUYING FISH AT KATY’S.

STOPPED AT THE SAMOA COOKHOUSE IN EUREKA. Samoa Island is a scenic 5-minute drive from town across the Samoa Bridge. Before the bridge was built in 1972, people traveled here by ferry.

A FAVORITE: LUNCH AT THE BENBOW. MMM BEET SALAD

IN UKIAH WE VISITED THE HISTORIC VICHY HOTSPRINGS, established in 1854. It is a unique 160-year old historic hot springs resort only two hours north of downtown San Francisco. Naturally warm and carbonated.

A LOVELY DRIVE THROUGH THE REDWOODS – AVENUE OF THE GIANTS – BIGFOOT FOLLOWED US

LOVED THE STEINBECK CENTER IN SALINAS AND HAD LUNCH AT HIS BOYHOOD QUEEN ANNE STYLE HOME

OUR LAST NIGHT A PEACEFUL STAY AT PISMO’S SPYGLASS INN. LOVELY ROOM AND RESTAURANT. GREAT WEATHER.