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July 22nd, 2013 Pacific Park & The Historic Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA,  Calif. (July 22, 2013) - We ended our short, fun trip on the Mother Road last week at the symbolic terminus of Route 66, on the Santa Monica Pier. I can’t imagine a more scenic spot for a historic road to end! It had been more than a decade since I visited Pacific Park, a nice little family amusement park on the pier and it was good to see that it was still looking good and by the look of the crowds, still very popular.  By the way, the Ferris Wheel here is the world’s only solar-powered wheel.  And it was nice to see that some extensive work was being done on the infrastructure of the pier, hopefully guaranteeing that the park, the historic carousel building and the nostalgia will be around for many years to come. Check out the photo gallery.

July 21st, 2013 Meet Elmer and His Bottle Tree Forest

HELENDALE, Calif. (July 21, 2013) – In my quest to finally get around to traveling the Mother Road, we experienced the first leg of Route 66, of what will be a several year project.  We started in Kingman, Ariz. and ended up at the historic Santa Monica Pier. I’ve never seen that part of the world, so this was a fun trip. One of the highlights of the weird side of Route 66 was the discovery of Elmer Long’s Forest of Bottle Trees, just outside Helendale. We stopped, walked in and were soon greeted by the bearded man himself. The funky man Elmer told us all about his passion and some great stories about the creation, which started in 2000. Here’s Elmer and me. Many more photos in the gallery.

July 10th, 2013 Two Sides of the Dells – Whimsy and Nature

WISCONSIN DELLS, (July 10, 2013) – The wonderfully tacky and fantastically beautiful areas around the Wisconsin Dells offers photographers a diverse canvas of photo opportunities. From magnificent rock formations  and waterways to oversize gorillas on front of family attractions, this place has it all.  There’s even a plane coming out of the front of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  The proliferation of waterparks and advanced and world-class rides in its amusement parks along with the natural surroundings, makes this a great vacation mecca. Be careful, the police are very vigilant of non-residents going as little as five miles over the speed limit.  Just Saying.  Check out my photo gallery.