Saturday, December 18, 2010

Get Your Kicks: Our Christmas Route 66 Trip, Day 4

We drove out from Tucumcari to Albuquerque to go to Lowe’s for the third part of their Christmas train Build and Grow clinic. Although we did get there by 10 AM, we got there too late for the train! A nice boy overheard Hallie talking to the Lowe’s associate and volunteered to give Landon his. He showed real character in volunteering to give Landon his train. Hopefully Landon will return the favor one day.
Happy boy with train

As we drove through New Mexico, the landscape was lightly snow-covered, but the roads were fine. We did not stop at any roadside attractions due to our Lowe's run, and we got into Arizona in the early afternoon. We finally left the snow behind us for good (at least until New Years). In Arizona we stopped by the Wigwam Motel, Joseph City, and the Jack Rabbit Trading Post before stopping in Flagstaff. This stretch is totally the part of Route 66 that served as the inspiration for Cars. Totally. As we made our way to Flagstaff, we deliberated about continuing to Kingman and making tomorrow a shorter travel day. We ultimately chose to keep pushing on, as by the time we got to Flagstaff we still had a little daylight to burn.
The Wigwam Motel with vintage vehicles

Mural outside Joseph City

Petrified wood historical marker. Joseph City was founded by Mormon pioneers and named after the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Not sure if I can find where that jackrabbit might be. . . .

Ah, yes! We found it. 

Freedom! Stretch time! 

We have had moisture of one sort or another every day this trip, but the roads have been generally fine. We hit rain again in Flagstaff after we decided to press on to Kingman, and then the rain turned into fog. And then it got dark. Thank goodness for reflective paint and reflectors embedded into the road (Michigan could learn a thing or two from these guys). We eventually drove below the cloud line and got into Kingman in time for dinner at In-N-Out Burger. Heaven. We were now mere hours from the grandparents'. 

Sure sign that we're almost home

Upon arrival in our hotel, we heard about the fire that gutted the Provo Tabernacle. How terrible to see the destruction of that special place. We attended stake conferences there when Mike was earning his master's degree, and Mike has many memories of attending events there as an undergrad. It feels a little like hearing about a death of an old friend. 


Kim said...

I found your blog randomly and I must say, the Wigwam Motel looks awesome! What a fun trip!

Traci said...

Love the photo of the WigWams! My family loves traveling to see quirky roadside attractions like these. We have a blog, “Go BIG or Go Home,” which chronicles what happens when our small-town family visits the “world’s largest”…whatever!