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The Long Way

I traveled to Arizona last week and was loathe to zip over there via the mind numbingly dull (though almost an hour quicker) Interstate 10.

Last Thursday morning broke sunny and Spring-like in Southern California, perfect driving weather. I traversed the Cajon Pass before turning East onto I-40 in Barstow.

The original Route 66 was covered by I-40 over much of it’s path although a few drivable sections remain. They are mostly on the Arizona side of the state line but portions can be seen resting in the California desert sun here and there along the way. This route took me first to Needles CA then through Kingman AZ and Ash Fork where I turned South toward Prescott.

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles


Since I was without any time constraint this trip and the temperature was still cool and Springy I stopped in Needles to explore a bit farther from the highway for the first time in my life.  I have been here many times but it is either far too cold in the wee hours of a desert morning or blistering hot on a Summer afternoon to want to stay any longer than it takes to fill the gas tank and hurry away.

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Kingman has a modern thriving town accessible via the second and third exits from the Interstate, it is always a nice stop along the way but I didn’t go there this time. I took the first exit onto old RTE 66/business 40 taking me through old Kingman which is full of antique shops, tasty BBQ lunch and friendly locals. The requisite small town water tower looms over still busy railroad tracks while a western theme permeates  vintage motels and eateries for a couple miles until the old road hooks up to the interstate once more. I was so focused on the BBQ lunch that I didn’t take many pictures here but you can bet I will return to this road on a future trip.


Building being restored in Kingman

Building being restored in Kingman

Late afternoon found me in Ash Fork which has been one of my favorite places in the entire state of Arizona for many years.

The reason? Oh, the little old Mobil Gas station!

Ash Fork station lot

Ash Fork station lot

I darted in this station one very cold afternoon about 15 years ago to find myself in a warm, cozy hang out for the local old guys to spend the day telling tales and drinking (ahem!) coffee. The walls were covered with old license plates, junk parts and taxidermy…I wanted to stay forever!

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

After I paid for the gas I was graciously allowed to join the conversation so while Bob filled the gas tank outside we talked about Jeeps, Javelina and the value of Gold Toe socks in the glow of a pellet stove. I make a point to stop here just to check in anytime I am nearby.

When I walked in the station last week the conversation was ongoing and the guys were all still in place. After topping off the tank I grabbed my camera and went back to ask if I could take a picture…of the Javelina…they seemed disappointed so I told them to crowd around the wall pig and smile…only the Javelina complied at that point.

I think she winked at us!

I think she winked at us!

Special places that welcome you as a kindred soul are few and far between, when you find yours enjoy it for all it is worth!

I will post the road home to So Cal next week!

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Leading edge


Rain clouds scuttling along the treetops form the leading edge of an incoming storm at sunset.

Weather forecasters are warning a real storm is due to hit Southern California in the wee hours of Friday morning.

I hope they are right this time, So Cal could sure use the rain.


These three little fellows are running South before the wind!

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ABC Wednesday Gray and Golden skywatch Friday

Just when I thought there was little to see at the end of a very busy Tuesday afternoon the entire color of the room changed.

Beams of Golden light lined the edges of Gray clouds that had rolled up from the Southeast. The soft. burnished Gold of the sinking sun infused a sky heavy with  potential  moisture of rain that never fell.

After the Golden Gray had fallen prey to approaching nightfall rich magenta hues rolled and roiled through the cloudy Southern California sunset.

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Skywatch Friday Humidity be gone!

Ppssstttttt, Autumn? You can come by early anytime this year and shoo away August ( she has not been a good guest!).

This is what 46% humidity looks like:

The pretty blue and clouds are a flimsy lie to cover the reality of dense,heavy air that does not move around and does not want you to either.

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Skywatch Friday Sunset in the Round

Last night Inland Southern California was treated to a sunset in the round. Words and photos do the real thing little justice but here they are for you to enjoy  with their compass points as titles.




Straight up




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Skywatch Friday Hot Seasonal Gifts

Yes folks we have the Hot Seasonal Gifts for July, nothing to buy at all!

Just make it through another  day in the high 90s with enough light cloud cover to feel close,still and uncomfortable outdoors and just tolerable indoors and you can be rewarded with these kinds of sunsets as a gift!

Summer has arrived in Southern California this week in it’s true form. We all go outside as little as possible during the peak heat hours (Noon-Six p.m.) scurrying from shade to shadow if we must go out. A close parking space to the store is not as valuable as a shady one these days so cars cruise the lots searching for the few spaces graced by spindly planter bound trees. There is no danger of birds dropping by as they have sought deeper shade hours ago themselves.

When the twilight arrives people come out to water their crispy lawns,kids still play in sprinklers and neighbors chat about the day just gone by while they catch a cool breeze.

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Skywatch Friday Happy Birthday (ish) USA

There were many dates that could have been the “Birthday” of the United States of America. The date of July Fourth was finally settled upon and this was how it looked from my front porch in 2012.

A sherbet colored sunset closed an oddly cool day in Southern California (upper 70s).

The evening was filled with Civic fireworks from a nearby park  with first a burst! then the afterglow of the big finale.

All under the watchful eye of a full man in the Moon.

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Skywatch on Flag Day USA

Today is June 14th which means this is Flag Day in the United States of America.

Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 has been celebrated since the late 1800s but it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

This is a collection of Flags displayed at homes and shops on my way to the Post Office today. We begin at my own front porch.

Travel along Grand Blvd.

Yes,there really is a flag beyond the showy Jacaranda tree!

Back home down Ford St.

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Adipose update #2

I was not the only one around here disturbed by the strong wind conditions overnight.

The Adipose dismounted the stone and made for the edge of the front porch.

I remain wary.

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