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A Day on Route 66 in Arizona

Finally taking a little trip down memory lane from last road trip by sifting through my digital photo scrapbook.  These are some of my favorites starting from Vegas and taking a dip down Route 66 to the ghost town of Oatman in Arizona.  I capped off this part of the trip by visiting the Route 66 Museum in Kingsman before moving on to the Grand Canyons.

Burros in Oatman, Arizona while I briefly toured Route 66

Once I left Vegas I had a chance to quickly tour Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman, where Route 66 enthusiasts can treat themselves to a quasi-ghost town of burros and staged gunfights.  I wasn’t able to arrive in time for a gunfight, so I just followed the burros around trying to get an ideal shot.  I was actually surprised by how active they were, clopping here and there and never able to stand still long enough for me to get a good frame.

But sometimes, you get lucky.  I was about to leave when suddenly two burros snuck up behind me and then stood PERFECTLY in front of the sign for Oatman.  I frantically pulled out my camera and snapped off one shot JUST in time before they moved off again.

Burros stand in front of sign to Oatman, Arizona on Route 66

It’s early days yet, but this may turn out to be my favorite picture and memory of Route 66.

Why yes, I would rather feed the burros than have a Las Vegas showgirl grind on my lap, why do you ask?

Well what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… except for yours truly.  I’ll arrive September 28th for my fall trip, but I’ll only be staying long enough to pick up my car rental and then book out of town faster than you can say Bellagio Buffet.

I was in Vegas a few short years ago for a conference and even now I can still hear the noise.  My Lord, the NOISE.  IT.  NEVER.  STOPPED.  Of course being a novice I made the mistake of staying at the Luxor, the famous black pyramid hotel and casino you might have seen in commercials, usually the choice for cheapskates such as the company that sponsored my trip.  I got a room that still had leftover beer bottles in it, along with mattresses that… just… well, looked VERY used to me.

The only time I briefly enjoyed my stay there was when I discovered the Vegas version of Serendipity and treated myself to their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate.  Oh my.  Other than that the whole trip was basically a wash.  (And what’s this obsession over Carrot Top all about anyway?)  Honestly, the whole gambling, booze and debauchery with hordes of babes with loose standards (or discount prices) just wasn’t my thing, partly because of my INFJ personality and partly because of my Christian beliefs.  Emotional intimacy (aside from sexual, which should only be experienced in marriage) is something I highly value and not something I want to waste on women I don’t know and don’t feel a special bond with.  Ironically enough this makes me even less attractive to women overall, which is sad, but it is what it is.  Attraction or not, I still need to be true to myself.

A pair of burros

You passed up Vegas for us? Dude… you’ve got probs.

So, rather than re-enact scenes straight out of the movie, The Hangover, I’ll be making my first stop at Hoover Dam to take in the views, then continue on to Kingman, Arizona where I’ll stay for the night.  I already screwed up with the hotel booking of course, getting a nonrefundable night for $126 when the best rated hotel in town (Best Western) had rooms available for only $90 a night.  Grrrrr.  I’m usually so good with travel savings and I already I’m making rookie mistakes here.  Bah.  I really need to exercise due diligence here since my goal is to keep the total expense of the trip below $2,000 (not including food).  It’s definitely doable, but it’s going to take some finagling and a little bit of luck.

Before I check in at Kingman I may have a chance to see Route 66 for the first time while visiting a place called Oatman, renowned for their (yep, you guessed it) burros and staged gunfights.   I hadn’t even realized I would wind up driving Route 66 at least part of the way to the Grand Canyons until I checked the map, so this will be an unexpected treat.  I should arrive at the Canyons the day after Kingman, but given how so many of the nearby hotels have already been booked solid, I’m going to have to Priceline my way through and just hope I can snap up a room that was cancelled at the last minute for a steal (either that or I’ll be sleeping in my car).  Looking at the map again, the most likely launching platform from which I’d visit the Canyons will either be Williams, Tusayan, or if I’m really lucky, one of the few hotels in Grand Canyon Village itself.  I won’t ultimately know where until I actually get there, but then that’s half the fun.

Note:  I generally like to do these pre-tripping blog posts as a way to organize my thoughts on how to plan the trip and crowd source my readers for good ideas on where to go.  Some of the best trip ideas I’ve ever gotten have been from my commenters too.

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