The winter and spring have been most unusual this year as we have had all seasons in one week on more than one occasion. Several months ago on our adventure to the historic Johnson Canyon railroad tunnel the temperatures pushed toward ninety in spite of the elevation and the following Saturday it snowed. That trend seems to be continuing. Today, and for the remainder of the weekend, it will be summer even though that season does not officially start for several weeks. That means temperatures well over one hundred degrees in Kingman (for those communities along the Colorado River those temperatures will climb higher than 100 degrees). My primary concern is the already tender dry conditions with no rain in the forecast. The Whitewater Baldy fire in New Mexico has already forced the evacuation of the delightful old ghost town of Mogollon and scorched some of the most beautiful wilderness landscapes in the southwest. We have been experiencing unusually dry weather for several years but we are fast reaching the point of serious. I often quip that we will be hunting jerky instead of deer but this really isn’t a laughing matter. I know it is politically correct, and would be financially lucrative for Mr. Gore if it were possible for me to jump on the global warming for profit crisis and spread the fear but it seems more prudent to view this climate change from an historical and cyclical perspective. It isn’t that I don’t play well with others but more a case of not liking the idea of being stampeded toward a predetermined destination. But the politics of climate change for profit and power are not what we are here to discuss. The topic of the day is Route 66. So, the first order of business is a recent interview with Carol Young on Community Chest, a local cable channel program. The above link is for the video of that interview currently available on Youtube.
|Las Vegas, New Mexico near Tucumcari.|
The topic of discussion dovetailed nicely with the program I presented to business and community leaders a few nights ago. Plans are afoot for another meeting that will provide more detail about the resurgent interest in Route 66 and practical details for harnessing some of this to transform Kingman. As the old newscasters used to say, stay tuned for details. As noted previously, next week my dearest friend and I will be off on a road trip to Tucucmcari for the Wheels on 66 event that includes a gathering artists and authors. I am quite honored to have been invited as the event, the kick off for the New Mexico Motor Tour, will host Joe Sonderman, Jim Ross, Jerry McClanahan, and Shellee Graham to name but a few. Pictures and details will be provided upon our return. As an additional teaser we plan on making the return trip via Las Vegas, New Mexico and then along the pre 1937 alignment through Santa Fe. The original plan was to take the Jeep and explore some of the more remote remnants of Route 66 in that area. However, for the second time in a month, we are going to resort to a rental car as the decision was made to just rebuild the entire rear differential in the Jeep. As expensive as that may be, in the long run it is cheaper than car payments and the old rig is well worth the investment.
|Route 66 in New Mexico|
I am quite sure my son and his family, with the exception of grandson Ryan who has developed a habit of sharing oatmeal and the sunrise with me in the mornings, can use a bit of a break from us. After our return they will be moving into their new homestead which will leave a big empty in the our homestead.