Whenever I think of Route 66, I think of Seligman, Arizona, and then I think of the Delgadillo Family and the Snow Cap Drive-In. There’s a lot to Route 66, but the Snow Cap Drive-In is at the heart of things.
The Snow Cap Drive-In is a collection of funny things. For example, the bathrooms are fully plumbed outhouses with eclectic stuff mounted on the walls inside. Even if you do not need to go to the bathroom, you owe it to yourself to peek inside. Oh, and take your camera.
Williams was a zoo. Of all the places we’ve stayed on Route 66 this was the most crowded. The diner where we ate was filled to capacity, and several motels and hotels had their “No Vacancy” lights on.
I wasn’t impressed with our motel, and even less with the free breakfast. So, we skipped the “free breakfast” (Cheerios or Fruitloops), and went to Safeway and bought hot breakfast sandwiches.
Because Williams is a gateway city to the Grand Canyon, expect to pay outrageous prices for lodging and food. About the only deal going is a discount souvenir shop on west-bound Route 66.
The loop of Route 66 that goes through Seligman and ends at Kingman is a fun drive. It takes you through the mountains, through several little towns and follows the railroad tracks.
Speaking of railroad tracks, check out this idiot. With signs warning about the dangers and the fact it is trespassing, he goes on the other side of the chain to get a picture. Had a train come down that track, he would have been killed.
On the other hand, we stopped to take pictures of the mountains, and as soon as we did, here comes a train (it was quite a distance from us.) It was fortuitous that it came just as we stopped to take pictures.
People are half the fun of Route 66. We’ve met some amazing people. Today we met a couple who ride one of those motorcycle trikes, a girl from Australia, a family from Israel and some young adults from Spain. We talked to a local girl working in one of the shops. In addition, we met a guy who actually knows where Rochester is because he went to RIT back in the 70s!!!
The majority of the people we meet are happy and cheerful. But, that’s not always the case. I walked in to one shop and said, “You’re open! Every time I’ve stopped in the past your store is closed.”
She grumbled, “We’re open 7 days a week.”
Here are some more shots from today…