Route 66 history has sparked an interesting thread pertaining to early history of the highway in western Arizona on the Yahoo Route 66 egroup. I have been following and contributing as time allows.
I am pretty familiar with the various alignments from Seligman west. However, I can not say the say for the rest of the state so the knowledge input has filled some holes in my education. It has also sparked some questions. A quick example of these would be the relationship between Route 66 and the various old highways that lie just south of Seligman, Ashfork, and Williams.
The quality and size of bridges on some of these older highways indicate they were more than mere dirt tracks linking communities. Specific examples would be the Hells Canyon bridge south of Ashfork and the steel arch bridge on Williamson Valley Road south of Seligman.
This morning there was a real hint of fall in the air. I actually felt the pulse quicken as this means the time for more desert exploration is at hand.
One of the great things about life in Kingman is the proximity to special places where long walks and hikes are rewarded with wonderful solitude as well as breathtaking views. This first photo was taken on a hike into Hualapai Mountain Park above the historic Silver Bell Mine.
That is Kingman far below. The Hualapai Mountains and the park as well as the lodge come together as a pine forested oasis in a sea of desert a mere dozen miles south of Route 66 making it one of many excellent detours for the traveler in search of adventure on the old double six.
A bit more of a detour and a lot more challenging are adventures high into the Cerbat Mountains north of Kingman and Route 66. Here there are ghost towns, quiet camp grounds, and awe inspiring views of vast desert landscapes.
Fall, the time for exploration. Fall the kick off for desert exploration.