Words to Travel By:

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

"We can't be lost.  We're making such good time." – a friend

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."  – Georgia O'Keeffe [Because bridges are my kryptonite.]

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain



Tradition on 'the route' include adding a tag to this old gas station. I love the way the paint glows under the HDR toning. Even better, this location offers a chance to capture both the iconic 66 sign in the road and the building.


Burn with Satan

On Route 66 near Avila, Missouri, some industrious soul wants to save the rest of us from ruin. In the Burma Shave tradition, the messages are delivered on a succession of signs. There are no clever rhymes, just an abundance of old-fashioned fear-of-God inspiring gospel verses.

"Burn with Satan" does sound like a promising name for a goth aerobics class.


Fishing at sunrise

The craned neck gives this egret the impression of an ungainly drunk, but obviously keeping an eye to the surf is an effective way to get a fish breakfast.


Bakelite Pontiac 

Photos of this hood ornament abound on the internet. That's because the Pontiac it graces is one of several antique cars in the parking lot of the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona. (I'll be posting more about the Wigwams.)

Bakelite was a forerunner to modern plastics and though it had its own limitations, its beauty is undeniable. Hood ornaments like this one from the 50s when lit from within must have been truly stunning. Age, wear, and heavy crazing haven't diminished its appeal.



Graveyard on Route 66

One of the most common relics along the old Route 66 is a rusting automobile like these found near the meteor crater in Arizona. These were left behind when an automotive shop closed up. The ground is littered with old steel cans that once held oil and lubricants, bits of springs, and bolts.