Two days of kitch and emptiness
Just as the extreme Arizona heat reports started to appear in the news we began our two day´s journey on the US “Mother Route”, the Route 66, towards Flagstaff. From San Diego we drove northeast until we connected in Barstow. The first day was basically just desert and emptiness. This is the day when I felt the highest temperature ever in my life (at least 45 degrees celsius). It was as a dry sauna, even at night. Sometime with a hot wind, like a hairdryer blowing in your face. I have to admit I was a bit excited about this new sensation. However hoping it would drop pretty soon. After a nights stopover at Motel 6, in the small sleepy town Needles in the Mojave Desert, we continued.
The second day was filled with kitchy “living ghost towns”. Our first stop was the old mining town Oatman. Nowadays often used for movie shooting. Donkeys are walking the streets freely and the whole experience is basically like an open air museum. If we would have stayed longer we could have witnessed the daily cowboy street fights but we choose to continue our journey 🙂
If you want to see what happend when donkeys sniff eachothers urine, scroll to my appendix at the end of this post for a charming donkey freak show 😉 Below you find pictures from some more funny stops along the way (Kingman, the Hackberry general store and Seligman). Each stop was rather short considering the heat but it was a “feast for the eye”.
We had stored 12 bottles x 3 litres in our trunk, and loads of snacks, in case the heat would leave us stranded. The stretch we drove sometimes contained hours of emptiness so it was important to be prepared. Luckily we managed all the way to Flagstaff before we turned on to another route – the one leading to lovely Sedona! But that is for next week´s post 🙂
Appendix – donkey reactions after sniffing urine 😉
Posted on August 25, 2013, in United States and tagged Arizona, California, desert, Kingman, Kitch, Oatman, Photography, Photos, Resor, Roadtrip, Route 66, Seligman, Travel, USA. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.