Blogs from Holbrook, Arizona, United States, North America

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North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook June 17th 2014

Starting time: 9:30am in Shamrock, TX Ending time: 9:00pm in Holbrook, AZ Total distance: 600 miles ---------- 8:21am at Holiday Inn Express in Shamrock, TX Good morning, my minions. I slept quite well last night and am ready to get into some trouble today! As long as I don’t get sun burnt, of course. The blue-eyed vampire in me has not melted under the sun yet. I am hoping today is not that day! Time for breakfast. Mmm already paid for hotel food. ————— 12:01pm just past Cadillac Ranch on I-40 west of Amarillo, TX We visited the Cadillac Ranch. It’s so cool because it’s 10 half buried Cadillacs. I had to look this part up - the make years range from 1949 to 1963. This is the second site for the cars as they were ... read more
June 17, 2014 10:14am - The Route 66 diner exhibit at the Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, TX
June 17, 2014 11:46am - Mea (and Ricky) at Cadillac Ranch just west of Amarillo, TX
June 17, 2014 2:59pm - Hamburger! We were so hungry.

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook April 12th 2014

Off to the petrified forest - todays blog post is written by steph Today is a busy day, we plan to see the petrified forest and painted desert and have a little hike through them. But before we do that we have a 5hr car journey to get through. An early start was needed so alarms were set for 0630hrs. Those that know me know I'm far from being a morning person, so this was a bit of a struggle. As soon as bags were packed I was led straight to the coffee in the breakfast room and have now managed to wake up fully. We've been told to make sure the car is topped up with "gas" as there will not be much opportunity on the route today driving through desert land, so hoping to ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook October 2nd 2013

On the road relatively early heading for Flagstaff, where we divert to our next stopover in Holbrook. The drive was a really nice one, through an area of Ponderosa Pines and with our highest elevation reaching 8067 feet! Once in Flagstaff we caught our first glimpse of the signs marking the historic Route 66, very exciting indeed. Lunch at Taco Bell (check another item off Oliver's "to do" list!), a quick spot of shopping (how will I ever survive without Michaels on our return to Oz??!!) and back on the road. We arrived in Holbrook late afternoon and checked into Wigwam #2 (we are staying at the famous Wigwam Motel for two nights). Complete with old classic cars sitting in front of each of the wigwams, it's such a novelty place to stay and we love ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook June 7th 2013

Départ à 8h10 (28 788 miles au compteur) d'Albuquerque pour Holbrook avec quelques arrêts prévus. Le premier à Acoma un village indien. Arrivés sur place, pour monter au village (appelé Sky City), il faut prendre une navette, 23$ par personne, et qui part dans 2 heures. Interdit d'y aller avec notre voiture. Rien que pour faire une photo du centre culturel il faut payer 13$. L'usine à touristes. Du coup on laisse tomber et on prend la route pour Gallup. Sur la route d'immenses panneaux "Village Indien". En fait, des boutiques de souvenirs, dont certains ont encore l'étiquette "Made in China". On continue jusqu'à Gallup qui se trouve plus sympa que prévu. On en profite pour y prendre notre repas de midi, César salade avec poulet. Il faut dire qu'il fait déjà chaud. Nous reprenons la ... read more
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ACOMA

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook February 23rd 2013

THE BUCKET OF BLOOD Pleasant Valley, AZ is a beautiful corner of creation but it was settled, in part, by racist knuckleheads named Graham who simply could not keep from robbing from their neighbors and telling lies about it. The Grahams had a herd of cattle and were looking for range. The Tewksburys already had a ranch in Pleasant Valley but use more cattle. An agreement was reached between the two families in which they would share the range and the cattle. The Grahams sold all of the cattle, but kept all of the money for themselves and expected to continue using Tewksbury range. The Tewksburys responded by leasing their range to sheep men. The animosity that arose led to the bloody Graham/Tewksbury Feud. The Tewksburys were viciously set upon because they were a mixed blood ... read more

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North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook July 9th 2012

An earlyish start in Santa Fe included enjoying a continental breakfast (bagels and coffee) at the Silver Saddle Motel. We then took a sidetrip up to a jewelry designers studio in the hills surriunding the city. She specialised in turning tiny model people and animals into various pieces. Ellie is now the proud owner of some earings bearing swimmers being chased by a shark! In a garage on the outskirts of Santa Fe we found a "gas" station (petrol station) which amongst it's selection of groceries had hard cider (normal cider really, but americans seem to think cider is apple juice, if you want alcoholic cider you have to look for the hard stuff) as well as locally brewed Santa Fe pale ale. Then followed several hours of driving through hills, mountains and desert, through Albequerque, ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook June 21st 2012

After our big day yesterday we started a bit later this morning not venturing down to breakfast until 9.00am. Once we did head off it was east into town to photograph the giant muffler-man cowboy at John's Used Cars at the corner of Coal and 5th Streets!! As we left Gallup we zigzagged to the north and south of Interstate 40 as we made our way through Defiance and Manuelito where the road climbs and clings to the sheer side of Devil's Cliff. As we rounded the cliff where boulders balanced precariously above us (with just a mesh fence to hold back any potential rockslide) we were treated to a grand panorama towards Arizona that took in Route 66, the railroad and the dry bed of the Rio Puerco squeezed between the rugged mesas. After the ... read more
Yellowhorse Trading Post
Fort Courage
Querino Canyon Bridge

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook April 15th 2012

Pulled out of Williams headed east to just east of Holbrook at Sun Valley. Snow is everywhere still. Called Kylie, the granddaughter; to wish her a happy birthday. Stopped by Meteor Crater, temp is 59 degrees and sunny at the Crater. The Crater is 3/4 mile across and 700 ft deep. Big enough that 24 football games could be held in the bottom and 2 million spectators could still fit in the Crater. Continued to the Root (their spelling not mine) 66 RV Park - Yuck!! Not very good for big rigs, the front end of the rig is out in the road. They only had like 2 or 3 full hookups and we could fit in none of them. We have water and electricity. Just a place to spend the night at $16.30 a night. ... read more
On the road to Sun Valley
On the road to Sun Valley
On the road to Sun Valley

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook October 20th 2010

10-16-10 Got up and around a little earlier today, as we’re driving all day. Made it to just east of Oklahoma City, OK, where we found a nice casino parking lot!- thank you Fireside! We got some dinner and G played cards for a while. Long day, with another again tomorrow. 10-17-10 Up again early today and hit the road. Headed for Santa Fe...going to spend a night at the Ojo Caliente Spa :) Another long day, but finally made it a little after 7pm...thank you Buffalo Thunder Casino!! We parked the coach out back, then in for some dinner and a beer!! G played cards again, and I had an early night!! 10-18-10 Got some lunch at the deli at Buffalo Thunder and headed for our spa adventure!! We arrived up there around 2:30 and ... read more
OK Scenery
Ojo Caliente
Colors at Ojo Caliente

North America » United States » Arizona » Holbrook July 13th 2010

July 13, 2010 Left Albuq. At about 8:30 this morning . Stopped at Rio Puerco Bridge which was on original 66. We crossed Pueblo Land where we encountered Owl Rock and Dead Man’s Curve. Then on to Budville which has the Budville Trading Post and the Villa de Cubera Trading Post where Hemmingway wrote part of “The Old Man and the Sea”. San Fidel had St. Joseph’s Chapel. As we crossed the Acoma Reservation we were not allowed to take pictures, so nothing to report. We were also told “DO NOT TRESPASS” Grants, NM has a lot of old Neon and Prewett is pretty much just a sign and the building that is home to the Swap Meet 66. Then 66 began to parallel a long row of pink-tinged cliffs and hills on the way to ... read more
Rio Puerco Bridge
Rio Puerco Original Pavement
St. Joseph's Chapel in san Fidel




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