I am not a rebellious person by nature but it was such a beautiful winter morning the urge to ride the bicycle to work even though the weatherman was predicting doom and disaster in the form of winter weather just could not be ignored. A secondary excuse was the fact that I really did not want to scrape the frost from the Jeep windows and fixing the heater in the old Dodge, aka Barney the Wonder Truck, is still on the “to do” list.
As it turned out, I was right. The ride to work was wonderful and the ride home was even nicer.
|A rare dusting of snow in Kingman|
Contrary to the happy talk put out by the chamber of commerce we do get snow in Kingman. However, it is usually just enough to provide picture post card scenes and remind those of us from northern climates why we moved.
In all honesty we get one or two snow storms a year with accumulations that range from two to six inches. And as a rule of thumb it is gone in a day or so as temperatures sneak back up to the fifty or sixty degree range.
|Elk in Hualapai Mountain Park|
For those rare times when we have snow withdrawal Hualapai Mountain Park is less that twenty miles south of Kingman, which is just about the right distance when it comes to snow. A drive to the lodge for some coffee, chocolate, or nice meal after a fresh snow can be an invigorating break, especially with the realization I don’t have to live with the white stuff for months and I don’t have to shovel it just to get to the end of the driveway.
Seldom is the weather severe enough in winter for us to abandon our weekly ritual of a movie night that begins by walking to
Hastings Books, Music & Videos. Our most recent selection was an old favorite from 1963, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
This lighthearted film must have the largest all star cast ever assembled. Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, the Three Stooges, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Andy Devine, and Jerry Lewis are just a few of the celebrities that appear in staring roles or that make cameo appearances.
If you like a good laugh tinged with a bit of light slapstick, great highway scenes in from the early 1960s, and veritable herd of now vintage cars and trucks this is a great way to while away a winter evening. Set aside about three hours and be prepared for automotive mayhem worthy of the Keystone Cops.
I am still awaiting delivery of the new camera, a Canon Eos 50D. If you have had experience with this camera perhaps you could give a few pointers.
The Olympus has been a very loyal and durable workhorse. However, as we will be providing all of the material for the Route 66 encyclopedia, am currently in the process of negotiating http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=1968adventurer&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0760338434&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifran assignment to provide photos for a Kingman promotional project, and need to develop a photo exhibit to accompany the release of Ghost Towns of Route 66, it seemed a good idea to have a solid back up camera.
Once this decision was made we decided an upgrade was in order. So, the Olympus will be placed into semi retirement and we set out to expand our horizons by learning something new.
Another photographic endeavor that we are quite excited about is a program to provide motels, restaurants, and offices with scenes of either Route 66 or the desert southwest. These signed 8×10 prints, professionally printed on Kodak paper, with matting, will be sold wholesale for $9.00 each plus $3.00 shipping. Contact us for further information, to place an order, or for select samples of the prints currently available.
On a final note, our companion website, Route 66 Info Center has been revamped. Now, we need your input, specifically event information so we can fill in the calendars for each state.