Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

While the Grand Canyon is not right on Route 66, it is only 1 hour north.  When you drive Route 66, you might as well take a day and visit the Grand Canyon.

That is exactly what Paul and I did.  We started at Desert View (east end) and worked our way to the west end of the South Rim.  We met lots of people.  Half the fun was walking around offering to take people’s picture (instead of their attempting a selfie), and then taking pictures with our cameras.

We met a wedding photographer whom I told about PPA and Bay Photo.  She says she has a lab, but I recommended she set up an account and do a sample order.

Where’s Paul

The Canyon was crowded.  At one point, I turned and Paul wasn’t around.  I thought he got bored and moved down the trail.  I started down the trail thinking I would run in to him.

Soon, it was pitch black, and so I made my way back to the car.  About 10 minutes later, Paul was outside the car saying, “Brent?”  (Again, it was pitch dark.)

We were both relieved that he made his way back to the car.

Sunset at the Canyon

The sunset at the canyon was nice.  While it wasn’t real dramatic, the lighting against the west facing walls was the cool part.

I’m just going to show you the pictures and let you enjoy them…

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Continental Divide

Continental Divide

We crossed the continental divide this evening.  It was golden hour, and guess what?  We took pictures of it as the sun started its final descent.

I’m going to start off with shout-outs to our partners and others…

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Hawthorne Suites, Alburquerque

We spent a great evening at the Hawthorne Suites in Albuquerque.  They treated us very nicely.  The rooms were clean and nice.  There are many services, restaurants and stores nearby.  They provided us with a very nice room.

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Tonight’s Hotel – Holiday Inn Express, Gallup, New Mexico

Tonight we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Gallup, New Mexico.  We’ve been treated like royalty since arriving here.  They provided us with a great recommendation for dinner.  We thank them for the room.

We took the front desk’s advice at the Holiday Inn Express and went to Jerry’s downtown Gallup.  The gave us a wonderful meal.  I had chili rellenos, enchilada and a taco plate, and Paul had pork covered with green and red sauce (Christmas, as they call it).  They brought out a basket of sopapillas and a bottle of honey.

I was in food heaven.

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The Staff at Jerry’s Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico

Thank you to Bay Photo Labs.  We met several photographers today and provided them with press printed book marks, and highly recommended Bay Photo Labs.

Republic Wireless came through today too.


Today we saw more geology than we did old wrecks and abandoned buildings.  It is a nice change.  Some of the country Route 66 passes through is beautiful.  We saw buttes, cliffs, mesas, mountains, rivers, lava beds and high plains.

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New Mexico Landscape and the Continental Divide (with train in the foreground)

New Mexico

While I was disappointed in Albuquerque’s vagrant problems, overall, the people of New Mexico are very friendly.  There is a scam going on here.  A man comes up and tells you he was on his way to ___ and from ____ and his truck broke down.  He then asks for money.  We’ve seen this twice in 24 hours.

Other than that, once we got away from the big city, we got away from the drug pushers, prostitutes and scammers of Albuquerque.  Somewhere along the way, we stopped at a small burger joint and everyone said, “Hi”, to us and welcomed us to their restaurant.

The people at the Holiday Inn Express and at Jerry’s Grill have been especially friendly.



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A Day on Route 66

A Day on Route 66

When I tell people about this project, they wonder what Paul and I will be doing for 30+ days.  A day on Route 66 will go something like this…

  • 5:15 a.m. (i.e. about 1 hour before sunrise):  Paul and I will rise so we can be there to capture the rising sun over whatever city we’re in at the time.
  • 6:15 a.m. (approx. sunrise):  We’ll be out on Route 66 taking photos as dawn breaks on Route 66
  • 7:30 a.m.  Grab breakfast at a local Route 66 diner
  • 9:00 a.m.  Get ready to move on to our next location
  • 10:00 a.m. We’ll motor on down the road shooting as we go
  • noon – lunch at a Route 66 diner
  • 1:00 p.m.  This isn’t the best time of day to shoot, so we’ll use this to rest and relax, get images backed up, etc.
  • 4:00 p.m.  Looking for a diner to eat dinner at, and shooting pictures as we look
  • 6:00 p.m.  Out shooting on Route 66 to catch the sunset
  • 8:00 p.m.  Taking some night shots on Route 66 to catch those neon signs
  • 9 – 10:00 p.m.  Call it a day after publishing our blogs and vlogs for the day.
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Cool Springs on Route 66


Time isn’t cast in stone.  As we journey much of our schedule will be determined by what we see, and how long it takes to photograph it.  I hope we can stick to our published schedule, but there might be some give and take.  There are parts of the country I haven’t explored and they could be boring, or they could be exciting.  As a result, we won’t know until the time arrives.

You also lose track of time when you are photographing something of interest.  Therefore, we could get sidetracked while photographing something and set our entire schedule off by a couple of hours.