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Published: September 15th 2019
We left Las Vegas and the heat and headed back across the desolate desert toward the Grand Canyon. This was exciting for us because we had just been to the North Rim and we could compare it to the South Rim. My belief from previous visits to the South Rim was that the North Rim had more vibrant colors. We shall see.
Our first stop was for gas, drinks, and a potty break. Gas was anywhere from $3.59 to $2.59 per gallon. The tire light came on in the Expedition so we went to a tire shop to have them checked. It was interesting because the air and tire check were free. We tipped the guy but it really wasn’t necessary.
Everywhere we’ve been on this trip we’ve met so many wonderful people. Terry and Ed Wilson never have trouble striking up a conversation, so that helped. Most people were fascinated that we had driven all the way from West Virginia. Of course most people want to know “how far is that from Richmond?!” We all laugh!
As I’m reading about the Grand Canyon, I run across an article about Seligman. Arizona. Seligman is one of the towns
on Route 66 that could have been forgotten but the townspeople never gave up and now it is visited by millions of people each year
Local residents petitioned the State of Arizona to name Seligman the "Birthplace of Historic Route 66," arguing that the town is the first stop West along the "longest uninterrupted stretch of historic route 66." According to showrunner, John Lasseter, "Radiator Springs", the fictional key location in the hugely-successful Pixar animated film Cars, was "loosely based" on Seligman. Seligman historian Angel Delgadillo provided much information for the movie. He and his brother are both included in the credits of the movie.
We ate lunch at Delgadillo Snow Cap Restaurant. Great food, great memories and fun people. When we were asked if we wanted mustard our waitress pulled out a mustard container and squirted us....with yellow silly string. We asked for a straw and were given a bundle of straw. The main door had two knobs. It was in great fun plus the food was great!!
From Seligman we drive to Flagstaff. Terry and Ed’s mother, Betty, lived in Flagstaff at one time so we drove through and took some pictures. We stopped for
gas at a Speedway which was the nicest Speedway I’ve ever visited!! To top it off they had a Blimpie (sub shop)!! We loved Blimpie when it was in St Marys and I haven’t seen one yet!
Next stop, Winslow! We just had to go to Winslow. “Well I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, Such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me.” And yes, I did sing while standing there!!
We finally made it to our destination for the evening....the Wig Wam Motel in Holbrook, AZ. I stayed there with my family in 1968. I was 15 years old and I’ve been dying to go back. I finally made it. We were tired and after a few pictures we all headed to bed.
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