JUNE 23, 2014

Wow! So many happy things today, I don’t know where to begin!

First off, it’s my mommy’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Maw! I’m so glad I got to see her at least close to her birthday, if not on the actual day.

We had an odd greeting at the Motor Palace this morning. Up on the Northwest corner of the building, a raven sat squawking as a couple of little birds dive-bombed him until he finally vacated his spot.

The goofball Raven then went to the trashcan, and proceeded to pull each piece of trash out, one by one, until he found just what he was looking for. These birds are so stinking smart.

The official 100 Happy Days photo came just outside of Winona on the I-40. I love to see classics being driven, like this fabulous Pontiac. One of the best parts about it? The smile on the guy’s face. Pure joy. When we passed him again (after we fueled in Flagstaff), he STILL had the gigantic smile. His happiness totally made me happy.

We’re always sad leaving Winslow, and try to prolong the day as much as possible, like taking the long way home. We stopped in Ash Fork, a small town we usually pass right by. I needed to do a bit of novel research there, so took a few minutes to walk around and check out some of the buildings.

AND…we of course stopped in Seligman for Snow Cap Tacos. Again, I did a little walking around while we were waiting for food.

To prolong the inevitable even more, we routed through one of my favorite Route 66 towns, Oatman.

Why is it one of my favorites? BURROS!!!

This nice old Evo looks like it’s on a fun adventure!! OH!! And want to hear something crazy?? While in Oatman, I heard a voice behind me, a very distinctive voice. I turned and said, “Ed and Jude?” Sure enough, the great couple from San Diego we met at the Motor Palace, had also routed through Oatman to stretch out their last hours on the road. Cool, right?

Let’s see… It’s after 10pm now, and we’re still not home. I’m writing this on the road. Considering we left Winslow around 8am, I’d say we stretched the day out just fine, don’t you think?

Until tomorrow back to work day…

Later Gators!




JUNE 20, 2014

When it comes to vacations, I like to split up one of my weeks into three long weekends: One for Brian’s birthday in February, one for my birthday in April, and one for our anniversary in June. It makes for nice little mini-vacations before our annual “big” motorcycle trip, when we take two or three weeks (this year will be two) to travel somewhere far from home (this year to Nashville). The mini-vacas provide a perfect mental break. All three of our four day weekends this year, put us in Winslow–a happy place for us both. The building has provided us so many happy days, and it’s not even done yet.


The road trip from Orange to Winslow. We’ve done it a gazillion times. We were making good time until we hit this nasty backup east of Seligman.

At least it gave me a chance to photograph the local Crows. Or Ravens. We’re still trying to learn the subtle differences between them.

The source of the ten mile backup? THIS construction:


And now… it’s time for me to get to work. As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on the second draft of my novel California Cotton. I’ve never been happy with the last few chapters, and neither are the people who’ve read the novel. It’s the weak point of the book. On the drive over, my feller and I talked out several ideas, and thanks to him, I think we finally hit on the right combo.

Which means I need to go write.

From Winslow Arizona… Later gators!




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