Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We're Back!

My husband and I just returned last weekend from a two-week vacation. We drove to San Francisco, stayed there for about a week, then stopped at Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon on the return home. We tried to photograph as many old Route 66 motel signs as we could along the way. The sign above is from the El Vado Motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sadly, this motel has closed and the windows are boarded up. 
Other stops in Albuquerque included the Dog House,
The El Don Motel, 
and Monterey Motel.
Our next stop was Holbrook, Arizona, where we stayed at the Wigwam Motel. I couldn't resist making this photo black and white. 
Other places in Holbrook include Brad's Desert Inn,
El Rancho Motel,
and Holbrook Inn.
In Seligman we spotted the Supai Motel,
and the Copper Cart restaurant.
Further down the road in Kingman, Arizona are the Hill Top Motel, 
Orchard Inn,
and El Trovatore Motel.
Near the Grand Canyon, in Williams, Arizona is the Turquoise Tepee, which is not a motel, but a curio shop. There are many motels along Route 66 in Williams, but we didn't take many photos, since we've been here before and have lots of photos already.
We were sad that we couldn't stay on vacation longer, but a stop at Pop's in Arcadia, Oklahoma cheered us up. Pop's is a contemporary Route 66 attraction with a 66 foot tall pop bottle sculpture, gas station, diner, and a "soda ranch" that sells nearly every type of soda pop imaginable. We had burgers and fries at the diner and then selected several varieties of pop to take home, such as Moxie Blue Creme Soda (delicious), Bubble Up, and Rye Cola. 
Our last Route 66 stop was at the Round Barn in Arcadia, then we made our way back home to Tulsa. 


6 comments:

Straight Talking Mama! said...

looks like an ideal vacation! Ah wish I was there now....

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

Loved seeing the photos. Thanks

Mrs Cleaver said...

Great pics !Sounds like a wonderful holiday. I love seeing all those route 66 stops.One of my wishes is to one day do a route 66 road trip:)
Thanks for sharing:)

Melzaelf said...

Looks like you had a amazing trip. Thanks for sharing the photos they are great.

jolene vigil said...

I am from Albuquerque and the El Vado is one of those places that I have always driven by and had a strong curiosity about. Its a really beautiful example of Pueblo Revival and so important to our local history. Some time ago a gentleman purchased the motel under the premise that he would preserve it. Not long after, the purchase plans of demo. came up with intentions of building luxury condos. The public was infuriated as well was the city council. And though it took some time, the city eventually voted it a historical landmark of Albuquerque. As far as I know the city once again has ownership of the property and has plans to properly preserve it as they are trying to clean up the area. Im so happy they did not allow this character to tear it down and I can't wait to see what the future holds for it.

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