THE INTERSECTION OF YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW
|The Road Crew performing in Galena, Kansas.|
I apologize if this seems cryptic or as if it appears as one of those all to common Route 66 pipe dreams that never seem to materialize. The simple fact is that we want to avoid making promises that can’t be delivered on so I ask for just a bit of patience and that the rumor mill be held in check for a little while.
As the general concept behind the convention is to provide a venue for the development of cooperative partnerships, business networking, and work shops to assist with marketing, this convention is not envisioned as a replacement for the annual Route 66 International Festival. That takes us to the next item of the day.
|The pre 1952 alignment of
Route 66 west of Oatman.
This is not the only example of such intricate stonework on this section of pre 1952 Route 66. However, it remains as one of my favorites. If the response the initial posting received, you are in agreement.
The old double six presents almost endless opportunities for capturing unique views of a road that spans decades as well as a continent.
One section of the old road that we really enjoy is between San Jon in New Mexico and Glenrio in Texas. We have fond memories of this road as my dearest friends first visit to Texas began with this road and a stop at the ghost town of Glenrio.
|The ghost town of Endee, New Mexico|
There is a haunting sense of timelessness in this section of road. In the ruins of Endee and the wildlife seen along the road early in the morning there is an illusion that you are actually driving from the present into the past. If Kevin Mueller was to come bouncing down this road in his Model A truck the illusion would be complete.
The ghost towns of Route 66, the abandoned alignments, and the empty places are always popular subjects.
|The ruins of Two Guns.|
When you add stunning western landscapes as a backdrop to stories or to frame photos, these places seem to take on an almost magical quality.
On several occasions stories and photos have been posted about Two Guns, Arizona. The allure of this empty place with a very violent history is difficult to explain.
As with Route 66 itself, Two Guns is one of those places that needs to be experienced. To close out this mornings adventure I leave you with this view of John’s Modern Cabins in Missouri. In the era of resurgent interest in Route 66, these fast fading cabins have become a surprising destination for a legion of international enthusiasts.
My suggestion is to visit in the fall when the fall colors provide delightful contrast. It also makes it a bit easier to avoid encounters with snakes and poison ivy.