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On the Mother Road :: Part 5

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We spent the night at the Blarney Inn in Shamrock, TX. Just a wee bit of Ireland!

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Shamrock also has a blarney stone. What’s a blarney stone you say?…” is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.”

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And I kissed that blarney stone!

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Rattlesnakes.

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Devil’s Rope Museum in McClean, TX.

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The barbed wire museum wasn’t open so we drove around McClean for a few minutes to pass some time. This old gas station was lovely in the morning light.

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We even found a dirt road before the museum opened! Lucky little devils.

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Whoa!

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The Devil’s Rope Museum had a collection of salt and pepper shakers, because, why not? I’m loving that kangaroo and joey shaker!

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An armadillo made out of barbed wire.

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More barbed wire than you can shake a stick at!

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Fancy wire.

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And a big ‘ol block of wire!

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Super Service Station.

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Alanreed, TX.

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The Leaning Water Tower of Britten, TX.

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Groom, TX is home to the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.

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Bug Ranch.

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Promoting peace.

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John Lennon.

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Cowboy Motel.

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Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX.

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There were a ton of people there the day we were, but I somehow managed to get a few photos without people in them. Also…people like to spray paint the cars, which I think it wonderful! Except people leave the empty spray paint bottles all over the ground when there are trash cans at the parking lot of Cadillac Ranch. Shame on you, litter bugs!!

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I spray painted a cat face and Juniper’s name on a car.

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Juniper Purrito!

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Bates Motel? Let’s go!

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Seems legit, right?

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Boot tree in front of Dot’s Mini Museum in Vega, TX.

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Dot’s Mini Museum.

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Inside the museum. We left a Polaroid Land Camera photo next to a Polaroid photo someone else left there!

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Adrian, TX is home to some fun and quirky signs!

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Adrian is also the midway point of Route 66! We’re half way there! Adrian is also home to the Bent Door Cafe. I love the door! Also…you’re or your? It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.

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More signs in Adrian.

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Loose at Night.

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I think was my favorite sign in town.

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How does your garden grow.

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Holly hawks.

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The old cowboy took off his hat.

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Cats make me enormously uncomfortable. I never know what a cat is thinking.

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Art is what you can get away with.

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Who stuffed that white owl.

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Midpoint Cafe, Adrian, TX.

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Midpoint.

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Wonderful view!

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There’s the New Mexico border on the Interstate. We didn’t take the interstate…we found a dirt road to make our way into NM.

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There’s our dirt road!

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And look who we found crossing the road.

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I was trying to make a turtle face. Apparently turtles always have their eyes closed.

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I love the buildings in New Mexico! I love the desert too. I think it would be fun to live in NM someday.

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The Pony Soldier Motel.

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The Lasso Motel. What a beautiful broken down sign!

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This was home for the night. The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM! We booked a room here two months in advance. This motel is always sold out. There was a mega surprise waiting for us at the Blue Swallow when we got there. They knew we were on our honeymoon and they made it a memorable stay for us. Eric and I both agree that this day was our favorite day on the trip! I can’t wait to tell you about our stay at the Blue Swallow. I have a ton of pictures to share, so I have a post dedicated to just the motel!

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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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On the Mother Road :: Part 2

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Morning sun in Lincoln, IL.

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World’s Largest Wagon and Big Lincoln.

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Old 66.

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Our Lady of the Highways Shrine – Raymond, IL.

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Jesus. Just Jesus.

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Mega blue sky!

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Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Mother Jones’ grave site in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Old Shell station.

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President Lincoln’s tomb.

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Rub the nose of Lincoln for good luck! I rubbed it and wished good luck for my niece, Tessa, who was born that day! Yay Tessa!

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Inside Lincoln’s tomb.

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President Lincoln.

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Mama bird near the tomb.

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Fantastic buildings!

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More old road on 66.

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There are some turkey tracks in the cement on a segment of 66.

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There are the tracks!

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An old jail. The ivy makes it almost seem cozy.

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A homemade 66 monument.

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Humpin’ to Please!

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Henry’s Rabbit Ranch.

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Hop on!

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The Bel-Air Drive In.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge spanning the Mississippi River!

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The Great Mississippi River!

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Awesome buildings on the Mississippi.

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On the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Illinois.

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And on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Missouri!

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This sign was kind of sad! A missing tortoise. I’m not sure how you lose your tortoise. I hope they find the guy. Or I hope he lives a happy life in the wild.

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Meramec Caverns.

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A beautifully restored Phillips station.

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The World’s Largest Rocking Chair!

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Just another gorgeous sign on the Mother Road!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 1

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And she begins!

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Dick’s on 66.

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The Rialto Theater in Joliet, IL.

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The Gemini Giant!

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We got caught in some heavy rain early in the day.

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The Riviera Restaurant. I really don’t like Betty Boop. She’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!

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An old jail in the shadow of Betty Boop. Doooom!

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Gardner, IL.

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Dwight Windmill – Dwight, IL.

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One of MANY old gas stations we saw along the way.

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Old Mobil Station.

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Standard Oil Company Station.

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Meramec Caverns! I love the ads on old barns. P.S. We went to the caverns! But that’s for another post.

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Pontiac, IL.

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Pontiac, IL.

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More murals in Pontiac.

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The school bus of Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire! We were able to tour it too!

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Bob Waldmire was vegan too!

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Friends don’t let friends eat meat.

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Inside the bus.

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Bob Waldmire sadly died in 2009, but his bus is just the way he left it.

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Inside the Route 66 museum in Pontiac.

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Route 66 road core samples.

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Bob Waldmire’s VW Bus. The Bus is on display in the museum. They were lucky enough to be able to add this to their collection!

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License plate collection in the museum.

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Bruce Springsteen…apparently working on a dream.

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Royal Blue Shoes.

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This place was closed. I have a feeling it’s not opening anytime soon.

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Muffler Man with (vegan) hot dog.

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Handmade signs litter Route 66.

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Lincoln and a Muffler Man.

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Lincoln, IL.

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We made it to camp early this night and went to see World War Z! It was my first 3-D movie as well.

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Home for the night.

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Lincoln, IL. – Taken from the Roadside America website… “It commemorates the day in 1853 when the future 16th President, who was then just an Illinois lawyer, christened his namesake community by slicing open a melon and pouring its juice onto the ground. In agreeing to lend his name to this place, Abe reportedly said, “I never knew anything named Lincoln that amounted to much.” “

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Welcome home!

A Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens arrived in the mail for me today.  I thought it was time to do a little upgrading from the kit lens that came with the T2i.  And what an upgrade it is!

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This is the first lens I’ve actually purchased for my Canon. I’ve been wanting something that will take cleaner and more vibrant photos.

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The shallow depth of field is wonderful!

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I walked around the house tonight taking photos of things to test out the lens. I tried a recipe I found for Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars tonight. I really like them, but Eric does not. They actually do taste like cookie dough and he doesn’t like raw cookie dough. Gasp!!

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I nommed away on one while Eric decided to snack on a few chips.

Check out the recipe at Oh She Glows!

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Eric wasn’t the only one in the house hungry for chips. Juniper decided that merely licking the salt off of his fingers wasn’t good enough!

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But she is cute!

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This tiny lens is well worth the money! I can’t wait to take some portrait shots with it soon!…Did I mention that my sister is going to have a baby!?! It’s her first and I’m super excited! Babies and lenses…everyone wins!!

I bought my lens from B&H Photo.  I decided to take advantage of their free shipping.  Even with the slower shipping option it only took 4 days to get here!

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Have Love Will Travel- Day 6

I’m still not done posting photos from our Have Love Will Travel trip this past summer! These photos from the summer and the desert will get me through the cold, damp winter.

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We camped for the night at a hotel that had an area for RVs and tents. The night before while walking to the shower I noticed there were two cats in that RV! They were snoozing on the dashboard. I really want to travel with Juniper! I think to do it right and make your kitty friend happy you do need something bigger than a car. They need room to roam around!

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Utah is quite possibly my favorite state.

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We spotted an old truck and some odd metal art. We HAD to stop!

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I like when people build and gather oddities on their property AND make it public for everyone to see!

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There were some objects that looked like they were supposed to be spaceships.

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Do you see the cast iron pans?

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Bundt pans!

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Hello little guy!

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s This was apparently an unmarked rest area. Fine by me!

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While travelling on back roads you’ll find many old and abandoned homesteads.

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We try to stop at as many scenic pull outs as possible. Eric likes to read about the history of the area. I’m more into the geology of the area. He doesn’t mind that either.

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Beautiful! Too bad there’s a big ‘ol road going right through it.

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One destination of the day was Goblin Valley State Park.

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These formations, referred to as goblins, are made out of soft sandstone and were formed over millions of year from wind and water.  You can see the goblins from the parking lot, but we decided to hike down into the valley.  It was pretty hot this day.  And I remember sweating like crazy!  I’m not used to the heat.  The Pacific Northwest has made me weak!

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Aren’t they awesome?!

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We just wandered around a bit, but there are marked trails that you can follow.

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Eric and I really want to come back here to camp! The nearest town is about 25 miles away which means basically no light pollution. Let’s go stargazing!!

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We hiked across to the other side of the valley to climb up a small hill.

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The layers of sandstone are so awesome to see.

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There’s a big chunk that broke off.

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Eric posed with some goblins to give you an idea of how big these were.

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I’m pretty sure this was called Temple Rock. It looks similar to the Mormon temple in SLC.

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On our way out of the valley we spotted a silver fox. Cute!

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There was another pull out along the road that had these signs with metal tubes on them. When you look through the tube you can see where exactly certain mountains and buttes are. Rather helpful! The only probably is that some of these pipes are quite tall and that makes it hard to see when you’re 5’4″. Do I need to bring a step stool with me?

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We made it a point to stop at a gas station that was built into the side of a mountain. I love it!

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Five m.p.h. and twisty road for three miles ? Yes please!

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The road wound along a steep cliff.

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This was the view from the top! It is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip. Look at the colors of the dirt AND the curve of the earth.

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West Forever. We love Utah. And we added a Hey I’m Over Here Sticker!

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Don’t the rocks and the sky just make you fall in love with Utah. Tell yourself yes!

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We are going to drive down that road!

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And now on to Valley of the Gods!

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We were on mostly dirt roads most of the day. My Yaris is a great a little workhorse on these roads.

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If I were allowed to live here I bet I would. Give me some tofu and a pillow and I’ll be fine!

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After a drive through the Valley of the Gods it was off to Monument Valley!

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The last time we were in Monument Valley was in 2008. I don’t remember this part of Monument Valley and Eric thinks it was built sometimes in the past few years. To see the part of Monument Valley you have to pay a small fee to drive in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The road will take you back to an area which was made famous by western films. This was hands down the WORST road we’ve ever driven on. And we’ve been on questionable roads. And we’ve been off-roading in sage brush. There aren’t many photos of how bad the road actually was because we both had death grips on the inside of the car. You can pay to have someone who lives on the reservation drive you in a super tough truck down the road. Eric and I only drove about 1/4 of the road because it took forever. I think the whole tour is 17 miles. If you go to Monument Valley you must go on this road, but you should seriously pay for the tour! It would be well worth the money.

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There are two rock monuments that look similar to the large one in the center of the photos. These are referred to at The Mittens!

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Isn’t it gorgeous!? I love the orange earth and blue sky. Here is one of my top five favorite places on earth. Do you recognize it from any old westerns?

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Some folks living on the reservation make and sell jewellery. I bought a necklace made out dried juniper berries and turquoise. Have you ever been to Southern Utah? Does this make you want to go there? It makes me want to go there again!

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It’s here.

My wide angle lens arrived today! I mostly like it, but I don’t love it yet. This is a 17-35mm lens, but I’m thinking that I’d rather have a 10-20mm lens. That would be even wider!

Sigma makes lenses that work with Canon DSLR cameras.

I bought this lens used.  That may have been a mistake.  The body is actually is great condition.  It doesn’t have any defects on it at all.  There is however something wrong with the multi-coating on the lens.  There aren’t scratches on it, but there’s something on it.  That was listing in the posting when I bought this.  I can return the lens so I thought I would take my chances with it.  Eric thinks that it might be dirt under the lens.  I going to take it to a camera store in Seattle tomorrow to see what they think about it.  This might be going back.

If I weren’t so cheap I probably would just buy a brand new Canon wide angle lens. Those are way pricey! They cost more than the actual camera!

I did test it out a bit today.  I don’t think the marks on the lens are visible on the actual photos.  Wide angle lenses are great for sweeping shots like this!  Even if there is an ugly condo in front of you.

Move it condo!

I couldn’t resist posting a photo of little Juniper!  Look at that little pink mouth!  She’s mad that I have cameras in my yellow bag and that she can’t fit in there with them.

*boop*

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Going out steppin’.

Tonight Eric went to Bamboo Garden in Seattle for dinner.  Sometimes it’s fabulous to not have to cook at home.

I also bought a wide angle lens for my camera tonight!  I’m super excited for it to arrive!  Do you have any weekend plans?

Brown rice cakes in Szechuan sauce.

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Have Love Will Travel- Day 5

I didn’t forget about the rest of the photos from our summer trip, and I hope you didn’t either! It takes a long time to post this many photos and I didn’t want to bombard you with too many photos. On our last day in Salt Lake City we took public transportation into the city to watch the Pioneer Day Parade! Pioneer Day is on the 24th of July and it celebrates the arrival of Brigham Young, along with his Mormon followers, into Salt Lake City. I like to describe Pioneer Day as “The 4th of July for Mormons.” I hope that’s not offensive. There was a celebratory atmosphere, balloons, a huge parade and fireworks at night. Kind of sounds like The 4th of July, no? This was by far the best parade I’ve ever been to! This also was the first parade I’ve been to with real floats.

Many people camp out over night for the parade. Some people even two nights! We saw mattresses, grills and hammocks. They don’t mess around when it comes to this parade!

Of course you need horses for a parade.

The motorcycle cops did a rather fantastic choreographed routine on their bikes.

This year was the 150th anniversary of Union Pacific!

The governor of Utah, Gary Herbert.

And more cops on bikes! The nicest thing I can say about police officers is if they are on motorcycles or horses…they have awesome boots! And State Troopers…have the best hats! Fashionable. That’s how I like my law enforcement!

Pioneer Day royalty.

There were a few rather large marching bands in the parade.

Flyin’ to Zion.

I love horses! I know in all honesty that as a vegan I shouldn’t like horseback riding and cowboys as much as I do, but I’ve really romanticized it. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved the cowboy culture. My newest western love is Calamity Jane. What a loud dirty mouthed gal she was!

A macaw, a penny farthing and tie dye…welcome to Utah?

Lego people! The best part of the costume are the little hands!

I’m huge!

What do you seek? These guys had a great float! They pushed themselves around the road with their feet. They were having a great time!

Big Jesus and singin’.

Dragon!

After the parade we stopped back at Mandy and Earl’s house to pick up our belongings before hitting the road. Mandy and Earl had a cute conversation.
Mandy: You haven’t worn those pants in a long time!
Earl: I wore them the last time Sarah and Eric came to visit us.
Mandy: That was over a year ago. How do you remember that?!
Too cute!

Of course we found a dirt road while leaving SLC!

Trains and things.

We brake for trains. You already knew that though 🙂

I love Utah. Wonderful blue skies! If you didn’t snow so much, I’d live in you.

We knew there was another dirt road we had to travel on later in the day. Those grey clouds started to make us a little nervous that our dirt road could potentially be a mud road.

Nine Mile Canyon was our last major point of interest for the day! There are petroglyphs and pictographs in Nine Mile Canyon.

Those dark clouds decided it was finally time to rain. Right away I assume “Tornado!” But no, just heavy heavy rain and lightning.

The rain really did sit on top of our dirt road. There were no other cars on the road except for a few construction vehicles. We were both rather nervous that we may get stuck in mud, but we kept on driving. There were signs warning of flash floods which are also scary!

At the end of a very long and scary muddy road we made it to Nine Mile Canyon! Look at those red hills and that lush grass!

And there are some petroglyphs!

Aren’t they just awesome!? They date from around 950–1250 AD.

Some asshole did this. Jerk.

We like it dirty.

There are supposed to be around 10,000 images on the cliffs in this area.

The clouds cleared for a gorgeous evening driving through the canyon.

Hey little lizard friend!

The Great Hunt Panel is the biggest section of petroglyphs on the canyon.

These are so awesome to see in person!

An old homestead in Nine Mile Canyon.

Balanced Rock.

We meet many animal friends on back roads and open ranges!

Goodnight Utah and Nine Mile Canyon!

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