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2017.10.09, Monday
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  • Superlatives

    What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

  • Lessons Learned

    After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this ...

  • Longest Day

    This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  ...

  • Kingman

    We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand ...

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2017.11.30, Thursday

Day 9 - Surprises in Joplin

Day 9 – Surprises in Joplin

We had some surprises in Joplin this morning.  I got up and went to the office at the Enlight Inn and ordered a smoothy.  My Hippy Hippy Shake had a few ingredients I wasn’t quite sure about, but when I got it, my fear of kale in a shake went away.  It’s taste was delicious.

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Enlight Inn Kitchen

That was surprise 1.

Surprises 2 & 3

Paul and I had been fretting because we hadn’t an opportunity to use our MoBD yet.  Our model in Saint Louis flaked on us.  (Oh, here’s a great article on the subject of models flaking.)  So, we were trying to figure out when we could use it and feature it in our blog.

We’re driving through downtown Joplin Missouri and I see this guy with light stands, camera and a model.  We parked and went and introduced ourselves to him.  If that wasn’t surprise enough, to find someone shooting downtown, he also uses MoLight!


We asked if he’d like to try out some other MoLight products.  He was agreeable, so I went back to the car to fetch our lighting equipment.  Upon return we merged his MoLight equipment with our MoLight equipment and started shooting.

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Danny and Paul Shoot Away

Surprise 4

While we were shooting, a guy came up and asked if we’d like some free Jimmy John’s sandwiches.


As a result we got a free lunch too.

Live is full of surprises.




Day 6 – Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, "Rella", when it is "Rolla".  Why?  Because that's the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we're on our way there.

Day 6 – Missouri

Sunday and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we'll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place. I'm off to church this morning.  I ...

Day 5 – Chain of Rocks Bridge

Day 5 - Our next big stop - the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.

Day 5 – The Arch Inside

The Arch Inside The arch inside is like a theme park attraction.  You enter and go below the arch (in the basement).  You’ll find a gift shop, displays and more. This mural shows how the arch compares with other national monuments.  ...

Day 5 – Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument.  It's not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit.  Okay... It's a government owned tourist trap.

Day 5 – Good Morning Saint Louis

Good morning Saint Louis!  You have us for two days.  We are excited to be here.  Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood - a suburb of Saint Louis.  It's called the Route 66 Holiday Inn. Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized.  We did ...

Day 4 – Rolling in to Saint Louis

Rolling in to Saint Louis We’re rolling in to Saint Louis and surrounding areas.  I saw the arch for a brief moment, but we were in a no-stopping-zone so I couldn’t get a photo. We saw this brick church and stopped to photograph it.  ...

Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

Saint Louis is Getting Closer.  After leaving the turkey tracks (which were on a side alignment), we  came across Polly's Restaurant.  It seems like Polly's is closed down.

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

Traveling to Saint Louis continued, we leave the cobblestone highway and we come upon this...

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let's make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 -- Illinois and Missouri.  We're leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln's Tomb.