|“Light traffic” on Sunday morning
along Santa Monica Boulveard.
In between are six days that are almost a blur. Hence the realization that a Sunday with time for taking a breather and a bit of relaxation is a true blessing.
An interesting aspect of the evening was my ability to surprise the host by talking about a windmill in a canyon to the north of his house. As it turns out I had worked this country about thirty five years ago when my income was derived from polishing saddle leather with the seat of my pants for the X-Bar-One ranch.
The remainder of the week, through Friday, was a mix of the daily grind at the office, compiling materials gathered on the weekend trip, and creating a photo file for the Route 66 travel guide. The latter was a mixed blessing.
My wife and I love sharing the wonders of Route 66, as well as those found on the road less traveled and the beauty of the desert southwest through photography. Still, these files were necessitated by a trusted associate who had promised assistance and then not followed through. Compounding the frustration and sadness over this was the fact he did not even afford me the common courtesy of a note or phone call, just silence.
Saturday was consumed with the shooting of the final segments of what will be the first video in a new series, Jim Hinckley’s America. For this episode we focused on Kingman and Route 66 between Hackberry and Oatman.
I am rather excited about this venture for a wide of reasons. In addition to providing a new venue for me to share the wonders of the nations lost highways, it will also allow me to share information and stories in a more personal format.
Enhancing our adventure was yesterday was the meeting of Graham O’Reilly and his wife, Sarah, from the UK at the site of Snell’s Summit Station on Sitgreaves Pass. It was their first trip over this segment of America’s most famous highway and their enthusiasm and awe was most invigorating.
I have been traveling this section of old Route 66 for more than thrity-five years and have yet to tire of it. Now, I have an opportunity to share its wonders in a whole new way.
With that note, I will close by calling your attention to a little something new, our first tour. Don’t let the price scare you as there is a discount for large groups, and besides, I guarnteee an original adventure.