The Dam and Route 66

Nevada - Arizona

Nevada – Arizona

Our winter retreat to warmth and sunshine last week included a visit to the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest marvels of engineering and American innovation. I can now add two states to my list of places I’ve visited. Ed has been to every state in the U.S. except Arkansas but I wasn’t the road warrior during those years.

We toured the Grand Coulee Dam a few years ago but the Hoover Dam is a bit more impressive.

The bridge spans a mile deep canyon

The bridge spans a deep canyon. Ed’s wearing his Portland Trailblazer shirt so I’ll send a copy of this picture to their Fan Site.

The new bridge is a recent engineering marvel and almost 900 feet above the Colorado River, which intimidates even pilots. We took one look at the suspended arc, another look at the depth of the canyon, and agreed neither of us would willingly cross that bridge. Of course we did, by mistake the next day, but fortunately the builders considered height phobias and included tall walls on each side to block the line of sight at the height. Phew! We made it. It isn’t a long bridge. An hour later we met our friends as planned and new adventures began.

Route 66 - where road trips begin

Route 66 – where road trips begin

Route 66 is not the best maintained road in our country but its history is full of adventure stories.

We found it. We had a GPS, and three phones with map-apps, and only after the adventure did we check a map and see why we got lost and drove so far off our route. But we had a great day!

Our destination was a “heard-of” town called Oatman where the wild burros in the hills come to town during the day. We had limited information but in the desert there aren’t that many roads to choose.

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We were greeted as we pulled into town.
Burros are not shy after a decade of being hand fed.

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Our friends Louis and Karen with Ed

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Karen loved hand feeding the burros and learned the locals had names for all of the regulars. One of them kept close until he (she?) was able to nab the bag of Alfalfa cubes.

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Ed and Louis were pleased to find a new logo for briefs.

There’s more than local craftsmen and burros in Oatman, AZ. It’s considered a ghost town now but we didn’t see any spectral beings.

When there is no mist, Arizona is spectacular with craggy peaks and painted canyons.

We were led to check out Jackass Junction, the local bar and grill.

We were led to check out Jackass Junction and the local bar and grill to discover some interesting wall paper.

I’ll let the pictures tell the story….

The estimate of dollar bills is about $80,000

The estimate of dollar bills is about $80,000

We left town at dusk and continued on Route 66 with no idea we were going the long way home!

We left town at dusk and continued on Route 66 with no idea we were going the long way home!

The road continued and we expected we were doing a loop back to maintained roads. But first we arrived here, at the highest point in Arizona on Route 66 and a lot of people wanted to be memorialized at this point.Fortunately it was easy to determine that these are memorials, not graves.

The road continued and we expected we were doing a loop back to maintained roads. But first we arrived here, at the highest point in Arizona on Route 66. A lot of people and pets are represented here.
It was easy to determine that these are memorials, not graves.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

5 Responses to The Dam and Route 66

  1. What an adventure! Makes me want to plan something now. . .. 🙂

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  2. How great is that, would love to travel along the famed Route 66. Always enjoy travel posts – and the photos.

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  3. Trish says:

    Looks like great fun! Love the burro.

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  4. Rosemarie Fairman says:

    Love the story building through pictures. You and Ed look happy:)

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