This was our longest day yet. We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise. Our location – Cool Springs Station. It is just outside Oatman, Arizona.
The management at the Ramblin’ Rose were very nice. They didn’t have a key slot, so I had to wake them at 5am to return the key. Even thought I woke them to do so, they were cheerful and kind. The place is a great deal. No thrills, just a clean comfortable place to stay on Route 66 near the Grand Canyon.
We got to Cool Springs a few minutes before twilight. It was quite chili before the sun came out. The wind made it feel colder. It wasn’t real cold, but cold enough to make my fingers numb.
Once the sun came out, we took a few more pictures and made our way to Oatman. Oatman is an old gold mining town at the top of the mountains between Kingman, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada.
Oatman is best known for its wild donkeys. Many business take advantage of this. Sassy Ass, Saving Your Ass, etc.
After leaving Oatman, we discovered the west bound Route 66 was closed between I-40 and Oatman. This detoured us through Nevada and in to Needles, California.
Then, every time we exited I-40 for Historic Route 66 the road was closed. We ended up going 3 exits before we found our way south to Historic Route 66. It was a long drive south to meet up with Route 66, but once we did, things sailed along.
The Bagdad Café is a Route 66 icon. We stopped and added our names to the door as well as a Bay Photo sticker. (We’re sneaky that way.)
The owner posed for a photo, and we were on our way again.
Bottle Tree Forest
The bottle tree forest blew Paul’s mind as I thought it would. We met a young couple from L.A. there, as well as a man from Sweden. Then, while we were walking around, the owner, Elmer, came out.
Elmer has built the bottle tree forest and loves to memorize scriptures. We had a very nice talk. He’s a very nice man.
On To Pasadena
From there we pretty much booked to Pasadena. We made a stop at a biker bar that is being rebuilt after a fire. The owner explained they provide memorials to any dead biker. He showed us celebrity biker memorials like Evil Kenevil, James Dean, Dennis Hopper and more.
We finally arrived at our hotel where we were warmly greeted, our car parked, and luggage taken to our room. Our room tonight is courtesy of the Hilton of Pasadena.
After checking in, we enjoyed a nice Brazilian BBQ dinner.
Special Thanks to day to…
Republic Wireless – worked amazingly well through the California Mojave Desert
Bay Photo – People are loving the bookmarks!
Ramblin’ Rose – for nice accommodations the last two nights.
Pasadena Hilton – for superb service and a very nice room tonight.
P.S. More photos will be added to this blog tomorrow.