Posts Tagged ‘americana’

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

At first light we loaded the Jeep and left Palo Duro, which remained as beautiful in the early morning, as it was in the night. The vivid colors blended into a natural collage framed by the windshield as we drove up and out of the spectacular canyon. We returned to Route 66 in Amarillo, heading [...]


Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close…

Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close...

The air smelled good. We woke early, anxious to make the most of our “pause” in this spectacular canyon. We wanted to explore it’s vastness up close and we actually had the time, as today was a “rest” day — it was the first day we weren’t driving since we set out on Route 66 [...]


Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

“TEXAS, the outdoor musical drama” is a broadway-quality production put on outdoors in the middle of the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon.
The show begins on a grand scale with the lone horseman on top of a 600 foot cliff in the distance, waving the Texas state flag, a burst of fireworks, the music starts and the [...]


Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66…

Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66...

A simple sign marked the Texas border. A cowboy in a little convertible drove past, giving us a slightly surreal welcome to another world. We followed him into the town of Shamrock.
Even without the cowboy’s help, following the old road is easier in Texas, because it rarely strays far from the interstate. 150 of the [...]


In Search of Ghosts (America’s Ghost Towns)

In Search of Ghosts (America's Ghost Towns)

During our Route 66 trip we were intrigued by accounts of “ghost towns” that we’d heard about from other travelers who indicated where along the way we might find a few of these places (for a comprehensive listing of ghost towns along the Route 66 itinerary, see Ghost Towns of Route 66). Attracted by historical [...]


Review: Clanton’s Cafe, Vinita, OK

It may be the giant “EAT” sign outside that draws you in, but Clanton’s is the real deal, and you see it as soon as you step through the door. Lively chatter between diners and the staff create an ambiance of familiarity. People know each other here. And yet, a stranger from the road is [...]


The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

Driving along Route 66 we often seem to come upon places that boast of association with one or another infamous American outlaw. Stories about Jesse James or Bonnie and Clyde get told and re-told, and it makes one wonder why so many of the folk heroes out here were outlaws.
Americans love the “ordinary guy” who [...]


Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 6: A Taste of Route 66, Oklahoma

It was getting late by the time we crossed into Oklahoma, so we decided we would keep driving even after it gets dark, then look for a hotel somewhere beyond Tulsa. This way we could continue our slow exploration of the old road. Oklahoma’s 400 miles of Route 66 contain more of the original alignments [...]


Kansas Cow Towns

Kansas Cow Towns

Random gunfire, loud saloons and the notoriety of being the “wildest” town in the West once characterized a series of Kansas “cow towns” including Baxter Springs on Route 66. These cow towns were at the northern end of trails that cowboys used to drive herds of Texas longhorn cattle to the railroad depots for shipment [...]


Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

Portfolio: Missouri Route 66

On Missouri Route 66 we stop for a bit of rafting on the Meramec River, before getting back on the road. We follow the old road as much as possible, and make a few interesting stops along the way. The “Tribute to the Trail of Tears” in Jerome, is hauntingly beautiful even though it is [...]


Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

Day 6: Nostalgia Meets Community on Route 66, Missouri

We awoke drenched in sweat, despite having opened all the air vents on the tent before going to bed. Everything was damp–even the maps! It was that hot and humid, and the day was just beginning. Such opressive humidity made it hard to do anything rapidly, but we got the Jeep loaded, and hit the [...]


Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Portfolio: Illinois Route 66

Illinois Route 66 takes us out of urban Chicago and into small town America. This is the flat and level terrain of the mid-west, where corn is king. We follow the road into rural towns, like Atlanta, with beautifully restored Main Streets that make us feel like we have stepped back in time. This portfolio [...]


Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

Review: The Palms Grill Cafe, Atlanta IL

The Palms Grill Cafe is a wonderful step back into the past. It first opened on Route 66 in downtown Atlanta in 1934. Providing home-cooked meals for hungry travelers and local residents, the restaurant quickly became a bustling meeting place.
For years, travelers along Route 66 mingled with townsfolk enjoying good food and good friends in [...]


Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Day 4: Illinois Route 66 Starts Here

Early wake up today, and it wasn’t even hard, because we were so excited to be FINALLY setting out on Route 66. We checked out of the hotel and were loaded into the Jeep by 7am, camera batteries fully charged, spirits high, and ready to go.
Now we just had to find the “start” point. Somehow it [...]


Day 2: Indiana, cars and freedom…

We were back on the road before noon, heading along I-80 through Ohio and Indiana. Somehow the drive seemed easier today and the miles passed to the sound of our “road mix” playlist. The road was still enough of a novelty for us to enjoy the fragmentary imagery we passed at 70 mph. There was [...]