I have never hid my affection for great pie and judging
by recent photographs, attempts to hide that passion are futile unless more time is spent on walkabout. Compounding what appears to be a growing problem is my quest for good craft beers. With that as an introduction let me introduce you to a delightful new experience to enhance your Route 66 adventure – the Caverns Grotto.
The restaurant at Grand Canyon Caverns is a favorite stop of mine, and a place where I have been eating for at least fifty years. With all honesty, however, I can say that the food today is better than ever. As a bonus the fresh baked pies are superb.
Even though the Caverns Grotto doesn’t officially open for a couple of weeks, I took it for a spin last Sunday afternoon. Sylvia and Bernhard, dear friends of my wife and I, were visiting and as we were in the midst of a record breaking heat wave the caverns seemed an ideal destination, especially as the year round temperature is 61-degrees. This unique dining experience will be by reservation only but it should be added to any Route 66 adventure. Excellent food and a unique scenic setting ensures a memorable experience.
Indicative of my affection for the caverns and their pie is inclusion in a new book, 100 Things to Do on Route 66 Before You Die. Scheduled for release on September 1, this book that highlights some of my favorite stops on Route 66 is available for preorder on Amazon. I should note that the book is not just about places where you can enjoy a slice of pie and coffee after a fine meal of Hualapai stew and fry bred. Also included are a few of my favorite quirky stops, great places to rest the head after a day of exploration, and scenic wonders where the challenge is to try and take a bad picture. As a result, it will be a welcome addition to your travel kit.
In a somewhat unrelated note, my association with the Promote Kingman initiative is providing new and wondrous opportunities for sharing some of my favorite places. Last month episode one of Jim Hinckley’s America: A Trek Along Route 66, a new video series, was released to critical acclaim. In this episode, with photos from the Mohave Museum of History & Arts and a walk through the world’s only electric vehicle museum, I present Kingman, Arizona as the crossroads of the past and future. I still have a few copies on hand, and ordering information is in the right hand column. I checked this morning and Promote Kingman also has copies available. We do not expect issues such as informing customers that the DVD is on backorder as another order will be placed shortly.
Episode two is scheduled for release by July 12. The focus of this episode is on two very unique Route 66 sites, both of which are sort of like the ghost of Christmas past and ghost of Christmas future – Antares Point Route 66 Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Caverns.
A bit narrower in focus than the video series are the walking tours, another Promote Kingman initiative. The tours are a relatively easy 2.5 miles and again, utilizing photos provided by the Mohave Museum of History & Arts, I make these an illustrated tour that allows people to see the evolution of Kingman. Along the way I share stories about topless celebrities (Pamela Anderson was introduced to the police during a Playboy photo shoot), Louis Chevrolet, and a bit of mayhem. You can arrange for personal tour through Promote Kingman, or join in a scheduled tour. The schedule is posted on the Facebook pages for Jim Hinckley’s America as well as Promote Kingman.
The length of time for the walking tour varies as I stop at businesses along the way on request. And as it is summer, we usually stop for a question and answer session, and to wet the whistle, at one of the award winning breweries in the historic district. If your not a fan of beer or wine, I can highly recommend the non alcoholic, vintage recipe ginger ale at Black Bridge Brewery.
Years ago, when folks said I had a gift for telling people where to go, I never imagined that this could be turned into a career!