Kansas

On the Mother Road :: Part 4

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Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma.

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This park was great! It was one of my favorite things in OK!

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See the turtle at the bottom?

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There were all sorts of sculptures around the park including a fun picnic table.

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Guarding the road.

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I think this was a little gift shop. We were there early in the morning so it wasn’t open. ..if it even still is.

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Good luck!

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The next stop was the Catoose Blue Whale. This is probably one of the top three iconic things on Route 66!

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Little benches and tables near the Blue Whale.

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The Blue Whale!

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Open wide.

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You could actually climb up in the head of the whale. There’s Eric!

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In the belly of the beast.

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This used to be a popular swimming spot, but it didn’t look like water you’d want to swim in now. There were quite a few turtles swimming there though!

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The Oasis Motel.

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Thank you, Tulsa!

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The Rose Bowl.

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The Desert Hills Motel. What a gorgeous sign!

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The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza. Cyrus Avery is the “Father of Route 66.”

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It was quite the lively sculpture.

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Old Route 66.

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The detail on the sculpture was wonderful.

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There was even a grasshopper on the grill of the old Ford.

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A 1920’s era bridge.

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The Skyliner Motel. These motel signs sure beat Motel 6.

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Another sneaky Meramec Caverns sign on a barn.

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A rather beat down gas station.

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66 sign on the wall of the gas station.

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Round Barn in Arcadia, OK.

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Inside the round barn. It was kind of trippy looking up at the ceiling.

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Right outside of Oklahoma City is a town called El Reno. This is the spot were a giant tornado killed three storm chasers this past tornado season. Eric and I were fans of the show, Storm Chasers, so we were familiar with the men killed. We were only about a mile away so we decided to go pay our respects.

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There was already a memorial setup for the storm chasers. We left some of our wedding flowers for the guys.

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Tornado damage.

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At least people can have a sense of humor.

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No more billboards.

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I was worried about running into a tornado while on the trip. We hit some rather bad storms, but thankfully no tornado. Tornado Alley is one place I do not want to live!

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Calumet Chieftains.

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Pony Bridge, Route 66.

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The Glancy Motor Hotel!

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This was a “hip” Route 66 museum. It wasn’t my favorite, because they seemed like they were trying to hard. You don’t have to try hard…you’re Route 66!

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Big Bug!

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Cotton Boll Motel.

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I was a creeper and wanted a photo of the herd of cat on this front porch. They were so cute!

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India food! We actually went there to find India food. And it was so good! They made it vegan for us too!

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Western Motel.

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Overgrown Route 66.

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Harley and Annabelle’s in Erick, OK.

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So many fun signs!

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Harley and Annabelle’s.

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No place like Texola.

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There’s no other place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be the place.

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My first time in Texas! And I will say that I was kind of upset I didn’t see one cowboy in chaps. Assless or otherwise.

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Conoco Gas Station in Shamrock, TX.

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Wide angle madness!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 3

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Route 66 emblem on the pavement near John’s Modern Cabins.

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John’s Modern Cabins…or what’s left of them.

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We had to walk through some brush to get to the cabins. That was a bad idea when we realized we had ticks all over us. I was so creeped out until I showered that night. I checked every inch of me and every inch (inside and out!) of my clothing for those pesky ticks.

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John’s not so Modern Cabins.

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An awesome No Trespassing sign directed at one guy! Burn!

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The Munger Moss is one of the most famous motels on 66. We sadly didn’t spend the night here.

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Rest Haven Court.

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One of two turtle rescues we performed on the trip! This guy was crossing a busy road and we helped him along.

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Antique.

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Fantastic fence along 66!

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Glass bottles in cement. I would love to do this someday.

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This was in a little “village” type thing. The guy who built the village collected old buildings and cars to make a town of his own.

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I love the paint of the buildings and bird houses.

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Planes and automobiles.

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Shiny.

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This lovely lady was perched atop the airplane.

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Sassy gal!

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Danger ducks.

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More fabulous sculptures in the little village.

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Happy little car.

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Highway Patrol.

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Moon barn.

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Mail Pouch Tobacco ad.

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Probably the most famous drive-in on Route 66! There was a weird guy watching us the whole time we were taking photos. I think he was the cranky caretaker.

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Carthage, MO.

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Mater!

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Palace Drug Store ghost sign.

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Murder brothel.

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Bridge in Kansas.

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A very bare and beautiful downtown.

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Conoco Station.

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Original 9 foot road segment on 66. Also known as the Sidewalk Highway!

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At least we know!

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Cafe.

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Possibly old tourist cabins? Lovely though!

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