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A trip through Cajon Pass May 30, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Highways, History.

This speeded-up video by FreewayTitan shows Interstate 15 as it goes through Cajon Pass from San Bernardino to Hesperia in southern California.

The clip delves into a lot of the history of Cajon Pass, including Route 66.


“Ten Second News” May 29, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This song from Son Volt, circa 1995, was inspired by the now-abandoned Route 66 town of Times Beach, Mo., and the flood and resulting dioxin contamination that killed it.

The entire album, “Trace,” was inspired by a lot of road trips in the St. Louis region, and remains the best the band’s ever done. (Amazon download here.)

Impressive authors and artists list at Tucumcari festival May 28, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Art, Books, Events, Motorcycles, People, Photographs, Vehicles.
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A few days ago, Kevin and Nancy Mueller at the Blue Swallow Motel asked me to check out the list of authors and artists slated to appear at the inaugural Wheels on 66 festival on June 7-9 in Tucumcari, N.M.

I have to admit, for a first-year event, the list is pretty darned impressive:

The festival also features live music, a parade, car and motorcycle show, and stops by the Mother Road Rally and the New Mexico Route 66 Association Motor Tour.

Land of the Havasupai May 27, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions.

This gorgeous video by Dan Carter shows the Havasupai reservation in the bottom of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.


More about the Havasupai:

Havasupai means “people of the blue green water”. Havasupais have dwelt in the Grand Canyon and the rest of north-central Arizona for over 1,000 years, practicing summertime irrigated farming in the canyons and wintertime hunting in the plateaus. The Havasupai Tribe Reservation is at the end of Indian Route 18 off historic Route 66. It consists of 188,077 acres of canyon land and broken plateaus abutting the western edge of the Grand Canyon’s south rim. Residents live in Supai Village in the 3,000 foot deep Havasu Canyon. The reservation was established in 1880 and substantially enlarged in 1975. The tribe is known for its location, traditional cultural life, and beautiful arts and crafts.

“The Back of Your Hand” May 26, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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Check out the very beginning of the background of this Dwight Yoakam video from about 10 years ago. Anyone know where this is?

This is a very underrated song by Dwight, by the way.

Arizona’s Route 66 gets $700,000 grant to find problem gas stations May 25, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Gas stations, Radio.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $700,000 grant to identify problematic abandoned gas stations along Route 66 in northern Arizona, reported KNAU, a public radio station.

The grant will be used in Flagstaff, Winslow and Holbrook, as well as sites in Coconino and Navajo counties. Many of these long-closed gas stations’ underground tanks leak fuel and contaminate ground water.

Once the problem sites are found, each city can apply for federal funds to clean them. Not only do the cleanups remove potential future problems in groundwater, basements, and storm sewers, but they also make the properties more desirable for redevelopment.

Here’s the radio broadcast of the report:

“Route 66 for Kids” guidebook released on Kindle May 24, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Books, Road trips.
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“Route 66 for Kids,” a guidebook to the Mother Road for parents and their children, has been released in a Kindle e-book format through Amazon.com, in time for the start of tourism season.

This edition was updated by author Emily Priddy this week. Previous editions, with the first dating to 2003, came in print and, later, a download.

The Kindle edition is $5.

According to the news release:

Route 66 for Kids is a compendium of kid-friendly museums, amusement parks, aquariums, restaurants, motels, ice-cream stands, petting zoos, picnic areas, photo ops and roadside oddities on or near Historic Route 66. […]

“For a book like Route 66 for Kids — which requires regular updates and has a target audience that includes people all over the world — Amazon’s Kindle program is ideal,” Priddy said. “The electronic format is convenient for travelers and resolves a lot of logistical issues with publishing and distribution, and because it’s distributed through Amazon, it has a chance to reach a wider audience, which hopefully will translate to more families discovering and exploring Route 66.”

Route 66 for Kids contains descriptions, addresses, phone numbers, Web addresses, hours and admission prices for more than 150 attractions on or near Route 66. A special section in the back of the book offers advice for planning a family vacation on 66, from keeping kids occupied in the car to finding inexpensive but meaningful souvenirs.

Priddy also has a website, kidson66.com, to help promote the book and Route 66.

Readers who do not own a Kindle device can download a free program from Amazon that will enable them to read the book on their computer or mobile device.

Disclosure: I am married to the author. So it wouldn’t be proper for me to write a review of the book. However, you can rest assured that plenty of research and time went into it.

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