A Look Behind The Curtain

A Look Behind The Curtain

Raise your hand if your envious of the travel writer,

the person who enjoys a carefree life of adventure where days are spent visiting exotic locations, meeting colorful and fascinating people, and extolling the delights of charming restaurants, bistros, taverns and historic saloons? When trapped in the mind numbing world of cubicles, power tripping bosses, subsistence level wages, impossible to meet deadlines, or days spent slaving under a broiling sun, it is hard not to. Then, you peek behind the curtain and the cubicle doesn’t seem so bad after all.  

I have been telling people where to go for fun and profit since 1990.  That has provided my dearest friend and I with endless opportunity for memorable adventures, for meeting wonderful people,  and for priceless friendships. On occasion, I have also had mind numbing jobs and endured belittling bosses, often to support the writing habit and ensure that we continue the eating habit.

In all those years, I have yet to meet a writer that pays the bills by writing, or a writer that could imagine doing anything else in life. The fact is, the travel writer writes because they enjoy it,  because they have a passion for sharing adventures and for inspiring road trips, and because like the prospector of old or the person who faithfully buys a lottery ticket every week, they can’t help but believe fame and fortune awaits them with the next book. In short, we are dreamers.  (more…)

Renaissance of A Route 66 Landmark

Renaissance of A Route 66 Landmark

In the summer of 1915, Edsel Ford and more than 10,000

motorists rolled west toward California over the National Old Trails Road in western Arizona, blissfully unaware that they were passing within yards of the entrance to a stunning natural wonder.  Vestiges of that pioneering highway are still found in a canyon east of the entrance to Grand Canyon Caverns, but the road was long ago overshadowed by Route 66, and the caverns themselves.

The caverns as an attraction, as a destination evolved with Route 66. From 1927 to the modern era, this complex has mirrored the ebb and flow of the storied highway itself.  When the road boomed so did the caverns, as evidenced by the four lane divided highway at the entrance. At the time of its construction, this was the only four-lane segment of U.S. 66 between Albuquerque and Los Angeles out side of an urban area. In fact, aside from the Grand Canyon itself, this was the most popular attraction in the entire state of Arizona.  (more…)

Neon Nights, Tall Tales, and A Route 66 Walkabout

Neon Nights, Tall Tales, and A Route 66 Walkabout

As with so many things it began simply enough. In this case it

was a question asked. Actually it was the asking of several questions before the idea came to mind, and then it took even more questions before the idea coalesced into the illustrated walking tours now being offered by Promote Kingman. The endeavor has proven to be relatively popular, and judging by the response received, entertaining as well.

What sets the adventure along the Route 66 corridor, and through the historic business district in Kingman, Arizona apart from the average guided walking tours is the liberal use of modern technology and photos from the archives of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts, and my personal collection. With several hundred historic images downloaded to my iPad, I am able to provide a walk through time and allow people to experience the evolution of the city, as well as Route 66.

I can be quite the story teller, or so I have been told, but this adds life to the tall tales. As an example, while telling the story of the Clark Gable and Carol Lombard nuptials, I can transport people back to Kingman as it was in 1939.

Kingman’s lengthy association with the rich and famous of Hollywood is a lengthy one. When Buster Keaton filmed Go West in 1925, this was the fourth major motion picture shot in the area.

On the illustrated walking tour, often under neon lit skies, I stop at filming locations, and other celebrity associated sites. An ample dose of stories about murder, mayhem, sordid affairs, and nefarious characters is also provided. All of this, of course, is amply seasoned with stories of colorful characters, travelers on the National Old Trails Road, such as Edsel Ford, and Route 66.

For more about Kingman’s celebrity association, tales from the dark side, and walking tours, check out our patrons page for exclusive content (button top right corner).

 

Wait, Don’t Order Yet – Somewhere Between Ronco and PBS

Wait, Don’t Order Yet – Somewhere Between Ronco and PBS

Marketing, slogans, catch phrases, and promotion, have always

been a source of fascination for me.  See the U.S.A in your Chevrolet. Ask The Man Who Owns One. No Hill To Steep, No Sand To Deep.  The art of the sell at its finest.

Before trying to sell you on my latest book, an explanation is needed. I tried my hand at selling used cars many, many years ago and quickly learned that it simply wasn’t in my nature to convince a potential customer that a Pinto was what the family needed when they wanted, and desperately needed a station wagon.  There is an art to selling and selling in such a way that the customer leaves happy.  Still,  if I sell a fellow a three legged race horse when he is looking for a mule to pull the plow, chances are that I am going to have a bit of trouble sleeping at night.  And I would bet money that when it comes planting, there is no association between my name and fond memories.

With said, let me introduce you to my latest book, and make you an offer that will be tough to refuse. In a nutshell this book is a bucket list  for the novice or hard core Route 66 junkie, a list of must see sites, attractions, and places where you can enjoy great pie. I can guarantee that if you hit all 100 of the places listed, you will have had an unforgettable Route 66 adventure, met some fascinating people, made life long friends, and be hopelessly in love with a road that has an international fan club.  (more…)

Bucket Lists, Death, Taxes, and Good Times

Bucket Lists, Death, Taxes, and Good Times

Work has a nasty way of intruding into life. If, however, your one

of the fortunate ones then work, even when it prevents doing what you what, will provide compensation in one form or another.  And if your not one of the fortunate ones and merely work to stay alive, keep in mind a very simple adage. Hard work is a sure death albeit a slower one than starvation.

Coming soon! The ultimate Route 66 bucket list will be available in stores soon. For signed copies, drop me a note and I can let you know about availability.

This weekend allows for an opportunity to provide an illustrated example. Where I want to be is Springfield, Missouri enjoying the camaraderie of my Route 66 family at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.  Where I am is at home trying to put the current book project back on schedule, initiating coordinated promotion and marketing for a book that will hit the stores in a few days, working on the schedule for the fall promotional tour, getting ready to take the podcast AND Facebook live programs to the next level, setting up the ability to solicit assistance from patrons through Patreon ( the  red button at the top of right sidebar) and to provide patrons with exclusive content, and working on the next videos in the Jim Hinckley’s America: A Trek Along Route 66 series being developed by Promote Kingman.

Jim Hinckley’s America has always been interactive. I want to take that a step further, and that is why I initiated the patron initiative. So, …

What are your thoughts about the weekly Facebook live program and how can it be improved?

Would you like to see more of these type of programs from the road?

What would you like to see in regards to the podcast on Podbean?

The fall promotional tour will take place in October, and includes a book signing in Albuquerque and attendance of the Miles of Possibilities Conference in Joliet, Illinois. Would you like to schedule a presentation or book signing in your community?

In short, what would can we do do to create a new & improved Jim Hinckley’s America?