Pictured on the right is Sal on their visit to Seligman pretending he is riding our 1950 Case tractor.
A frequent visitor on Route 66 and the Southwest, Per Moller, shared with us his tradition of celebrating the holidays - "Aebleskiver & Gloogg". According to Per, this is a traditional Danish Christmas serving. Accompanying Per in Denmark
were his Route 66 travel friends. Note the Route 66 shirt
on the guest in the photo on the right. This year
it was a white Christmas in Denmark.
We look forward to seeing him on his travels in the coming year.
Airstream On 66
In October of 2012, Greg A. Chianis made a 2-week photographic journey along the famed Mother Road with several of his
friends from the UK. Beginning in Oklahoma City, the small
Mr. Chianis also maintains an active blog that traces many of his photographic journeys. You are encouraged to subscribe to the blog (on his website) to follow his adventures.
Christmas Market in Germany
Andreas and Sabine shared with us photos from Germany. December is a busy month for them in their restaurant which
was established in 1963. Andreas is the third generation
to operate their restaurant.
2012 was memorable for Andreas and Sabine. They were married in Las Vegas and spent their honeymoon traveling by motorcycle on Route 66 this past summer. Until we see them on their revisit to Seligman, they will be busy cooking their delicious potato pancakes in Germany.
Link to Reibe-Kuchen:
Only In My Dreams ~ Frank Fafara Album
Frank Fafara and his band were quite popular in the Western States from 1959 to 1964 and made many live appearances along the legendary Route 66 road as it crossed through Arizona on its way to the promised land. Frank sang his original Rock'n'Roll songs live in Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams & Kingman, Arizona while his 45 RPM chart records filled the airwaves. Frank's Route 66 music was heard in diners & jukeboxes all along Route 66
from New Mexico to California.
The Route 66 oasis in Slovakia is only days away from opening. Pictured on the right is Zdenek on one of his many Route 66 trips collecting information, artifacts, and learning more of the history of Route 66 to incorporate into "Home 66 in Slovakia".
The photo on the right is a picture of the American flag displayed in the home of Italians Alesandra and Andrea (pictured above). They now have a constant reminder of their U.S. visit
(this past summer) on display for family and friends
to see as they enter their home.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
" Agli amici Lynne and Frank. Un sincereo saluto e grazie per l'ospitalita" #99 - Norberto De Angelis.
Route 66 Roger - "Arizona Kicks on Route 66"
Helpful Love Guru Roger Naylor offers sexy tips to guys to spice up their Valentine’s Day.
Women love a romantic gesture. Offer to paint her toenails. If her toenails are already painted, offer to clean her cat’s litter box.
Take her to dinner at a really nice restaurant and tell her she can order anything she wants, even if it’s two Big Macs.
Try something different in the bedroom. Blindfold her. This will heighten her pleasure and allow you to watch ESPN with the sound muted.
Ride "Em" Cowboy
Seligman has its roots in Western culture. The cattle industry helped to form Seligman. Cattle ranches still remain in the wide open landscape that surrounds Seligman. While you are in Seligman, enjoy some local color at the Black Cat Bar , Seligman's very own cowboy bar, located at the corner of Main Street and Route 66 (of course, across from Historic Seligman Sundries).
Our new video has some old photos from Seligman. Enjoy seeing some scenes of early Seligman cowboys
from our private collection: New Video: Seligman Cowboy
Photography of the West
Yauhiko - Japan
There are individuals who have a true appreciation for the beauty of the West and are glad to share that appreciation in photograhpy. Our friend, Yasuhiko, from Japan continues to capture classic scenes during his journeys. Once or twice a year, Yasuhiko travels Route 66 and the surrounding areas in search of natural beauty. This friendly traveler has his favorite spots such as Seligman, and we enjoy his company when he comes to town.
Pictured on the right are two of his 2013 calendars that he sent to us. Next to the Route 66 calendar is a photograph of Mobius Arch
in the Eastern Sierras which is often a Route 66 side trip.
We are proud to display his artistic expression.
Route 66 Chronicles - Jim Hinkley
Adventurer, photographer and well-known author, Jim Hinkley
According to Jim Hinkley, the El Trovatore Motel in Kingman, Arizona is now offering day trip tours from Kingman, AZ to Seligman, AZ.
"As a note to readers - While we wait for the Route 66 adventure
to begin, here in western Arizona the red carpet is being
cleaned, the surprises prepared, and the warm weather
is on order. See you soon, friends!"
The Hip Historian
On January 7th, Marshall Shore gave an entertaining and educational lecture about Route 66 at the Carnegie Library in Phoenix, Arizona. His presentation took the audience from East to West on 66 in Arizona, highlighting interesting facts while also interjecting his "on scene" observations.
We had a short visit with Marshall and discovered that he is (in Marshall's own words) "the Unofficial Arizona HIPstorian, using storytelling magic, film footage, old photographs, ephemera, and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining
and educational presentations."
Flowers, Just Yourself, Chocolate, Wine, Espresso?
Our loving German Valentine couple is pictured on the right.
Link to survey:
Results for January survey: Most think that the average length of time that a New Year's resolution lasts is one year.
Greetings from Bavaria
Hackberry, Oatman and Seligman, Arizona are the favorite
stops for Germans, Andrea and Karl. From Toeging near
Munich, Andrea and Karl frequently visit the United States.
They visited Utah and Arizona on their latest trip. According to Andrea, " We are often in the States on vacation and
Route 66 continues to fascinate us."
In 2013, their U.S. tour will be on a Harley.
Official Arizona Neck Wear - Bolo Tie
Arizona Statehood February 14th, 1912
In 1971, the bolo tie was designated the official neck wear of Arizona. There are many stories about its origin. One of the popular ones: "Victor Cedarstaff was riding his horse one day when his hat blew off. Wary of losing the silver-trimmed hatband, he slipped it around his neck. His companion joked, "That's a nice-looking tie you're wearing, Vic." An idea incubated, and Cedarstaff soon fashioned the first bola tie (the name is derived from boleadora, an Argentine lariat)." (From Sunset Magazine).
Some interesting facts about the bolo tie and photos can
be found by going to Phoenix's Heard Museum:
A Valentine Day salute to Joanna and Piotr from Poland who toured Route 66 last year celebrating their Las Vegas wedding. They captured their Route 66 trip by photographing themselves along Route 66 in their wedding apparel.
Grand Canyon Caverns
Our neighbor 30 minutes West of Seligman
"Opening March, 2013, Grand Canyon Caverns' newest attraction will be a formal theater near the Cavern Suite that is enjoying world-wide publicity.
With 50 permanent seats donated by the American Film Institute from their Beverly Hills, California main theater, this will be a historic and very comfortable venue. The acoustics in this room mimic the world famous Hollywood Bowl making every
type of music, gathering and theater pitch perfect.
The theater will also be available for weddings, enhancing our 30 year tradition of “Rock Solid Starts” for adventuresome couples." John McEnulty
"A volte è meglio tacere e sembrare stupidi, che aprir bocca e togliere ogni dubbio" -
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
"Mai contraddire un idiota, basta saper aspettare e lo farà da solo" -
"Never contradict an idiot, just wait and he'll do it on his own."
In our retro advertising series, enjoy our new video about vintage beer advertising. See how many of the old brands you remember from the 50's and 60's. We added some Polka Music in the
middle of the video for our German friends.
"The 6th Czech Route 66 Association Convention was held on February 16th in an exceptional area of the Western City Resort in Boskovice, Czech Republic.
More than 150 Route 66 fans from the Czech and Slovak Republics met together to celebrate Route 66 – the Mother Road.
Centerpiece of the evening was the Czech Route 66 Association Award which was awarded to JURAJ HASSLER from Slovakia. Juraj (George) was recognized for organizing a very successful motorcycle trip on road No. 66 in Slovakia last August. More than 500 motorcyclists took part in this event! TheSlovak Route 66
is about 100 miles long and all motorcycles traveled
together the entire stretch of this road!"
Zdenek has announced that their Spring - 2013 trip along
U.S. Route 66 begins in Chicago on May 1.
Pictured on the right are Andrea and Jirka - Czech Republic visitors proudly displaying their flag.
Route 66 Elvis
The unofficial "Route 66 Elvis" is Arron Philips from England.
We've previously highlighted Arron and his travels on 66.
He has sent us a new video featuring his performance at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival in 2012:
Arron Philips has a great personality to complement his musical talents. For the past two years we've used Arron's music for our Valentine's Day videos. To us, Arron is not only a friend, but also "The King" of Route 66.
Travel Time - on Route 66
Just For the Fun of It
How many days does it take you to travel Route 66? One weekend, one week, 1 month, 365 days?
Pictured on the right is a restored 1949 Starliner, proudly owned
by a family from New Zealand who was touring 66 "their way".
Results for February survey: Most recommend giving wine for Valentines Day.
Documenting Route 66
Vincent Video is focused on programs that showcase travel destinations and adventures.
According to Vinny, his Route 66 video is a "twenty-eight episode series all about Historic Route 66. We will travel the entire length of Route 66 in a convertible like they did in the old TV series."
"The show will revisit the historic landmarks that have survived the test of time as well as old and abandoned sites. We will visit interesting hotels and motels that dot the route as well as the newer restaurants and diners that are popular and
those that are unknown."
For an update on Vinny's progress: Vincent Video
Arizona State Flag
Arizona Statehood February 14th, 1912
We are often asked about the design on the Arizona State Flag. Adopted in 1917, the state flag, which represents the setting sun, consists of 13 rays, alternate red and yellow, in the upper half. The lower half is a plain blue field. Superimposed on the center of the flag in the face of the setting sun is a copper-colored star.
The flag carries both the old Spanish colors in memory of
Arizona's historical background and the copper color, in recognition in one of the state's major industries.
RV Adventure - John Holod
John Holod is an internationally recognized cinematographer who has filmed all over the world. John stands out in the travel-film industry because he travels is a state-of-the-art Roadtrek or
Winnebago RV, immersing himself in the culture and
surroundings he's depicting.
In John's latest video he states "...as I've always reminded travelers, you don't learn anything on an Interstate. Route 66 is special, it crosses the rivers, plains, mountains and deserts of eight states. Come along for the over 2,000 mile ride as we explore its drive-ins, gas stations, museums, kitschy roadside attractions and most importantly, its people. Americana at it's finest!
John will be visiting us again in May for the Annual
Route 66 Fun Run.
Grand Canyon Caverns
Our neighbor 30 minutes West of Seligman
After 6 years of tunneling at the 250-foot below ground level, they have broken into a Virgin Cave never seen by man before.
This beautiful new room is 20 feet long and has a beautiful ceiling and walls unlike anything in our giant rooms on the tour.
Several more rooms appear to be nearby from this discovery.
This room has been cleared to become part of our Explorer Tour for which advance reservations are required.
April 1st, 2013 - Partly cloudy with a high of 57 degrees F (14C) and a low of 36 degrees F (2C).
April 1st - April Fool's Day
"It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor."
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In Sumatra, workers on coffee plantations gather the world's most expensive coffee by following a gourmet marsupial who consumes only the choicest coffee beans. By picking through what he excretes, they obtain the world's most expensive coffee -'Kopi Luwak', which sells for over $100 per pound.
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From Walvis Bay, Namibia, Paul and Helena sailed into our shop and Paul was very emphatic that he wanted a triple espresso cappuccino. We thought that there was something special about his order. Paul stated that he celebrates winning his sail boat races with a triple rum and coke, so he thought that it would be appropriate to have a triple drink on Route 66 to celebrate this journey. Notice his three finger salute in the photo on the right.
The rest of the story - Paul Larsen is the fastest speed sailor on water (80 mph). He holds the Outright World Speed Sailing Record. Helena was the 2002 skipper of the world's fastest off shore boat.
Bill Maier and his wife Kathy, along with Blaze (their four-legged family member hanging out the window), are frequent visitors both on Route 66 and to Selgman, Arizona.
Bill was recognized last month as the 2013 "Operator of the Year" for Booker Transportation. Bill was selected out of the 12 monthly driver finalists. The courteous, patriotic and congenial Oklahoman can always be easily identified with his super clean rig and Route 66 markings on his truck. Many photos are taken of Bill's truck as Bill graciously answers questions about his profession and his travels.
Along with his professional recognition from Booker, we know that Bill is "Operator of the Year" on 66. We always look forward to Bill, Kathy and Blaze's visits.
Florian and Patrice
In 2008, Florian and Patrice from Chauray, France toured Route 66 with Seligman being one of their stops. They promised they would return, and sure enough, with their son, daughter and friend, they enjoyed another visit along the Route 66 to Seligman in March.
Patrice is an avid motorcycle rider in France so we had to take his photo on our 1954 BSA motorcycle.
RIDE FREE on 66
Route 66 is a perfect fit for Will Sakowski.
When Will is not on tour, he is running his Classic Car and Motorcycle Hot Rod Shop and Dealership, Sakowski Motors, in California. He finds cars and motorcycles, then ships them to people worldwide. He also builds and repairs classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and customs.
As stated by Will -“I go on tour and am part of RIDE FREE and Sakowski Motors because I love the adventure and meeting incredible people from around the world, and being part
of making people’s dreams come true. It is an honor and privilege for someone to trust us with their adventure or classic car.”
Results for February survey: One month is the time needed to travel Route 66.
It Must Be Travel Season
When "Tattoo Man" Ron Jones and his wife arrive in town, we know that the spring travel season has begun. Proudly driving his red, white and blue' 56 Chevy, he showed us his latest Route 66 tattoo. With the addition of the 66 Motel in Needles, California, Ron now sports 120 tattoos of Route 66 covering most of his body.
Ron claims that he lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma - we know that his real home is traveling Route 66.
Nunavet is the least populous and largest area in the provinces
and territories of Canada. Kimberly and Anthony from
Baffin Island in Nunavet needed to warm
up with a Route 66 road trip.
Route 66 Awe, Shock and Wonder Tour
October 6 - 11th, 2013
Dwayne Bublitz, our neighbor in Flagstaff, Arizona will once again be touring Seligman with his Corvette'N America Road Tours. According to Dwayne, the 5 day - 5 night tour starts in Las Vegas and highlights include Route 66, Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona. Beautiful roads, scenery and Corvettes. It is a great sight to see these classic machines on the road. If you'd like more information about their tour, Dwayne and his wife, Cindy, would be glad to answer your questions.
Dietmar and Beatrix from Germany included Route 66 on their itinerary after spending a week riding their horses and camping while on an adventure in the McDowell Mountains north of Phoenix. They were on their fifth trip to the United States. Their love of the outdoors, horses and adventure was obvious as they described their horses back in Dresden, Germany.
Their next "must see" place was going to be West Side Lilo's, which was featured last year on a German television reality show. As everyone experiences after dining at Lilo's, we know
they will not walk away hungry.
Without a doubt, it was time for the annual Rockabilly Festival in Las Vegas. A favorite side trip for Rockabilly fans is Route 66 and the Grand Canyon. Pictured are five of them from Lila, France.
Of course, we had to play The Road Crew's CD, "Rockabilly Road", during their visit.
Our 6th annual Memorial Day 2013 flag raising will take place at the flagpole on Monday, May 27th at 8:00 A.M.
Join us in our tribute to our military families.
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." — George S. Patton
Marie So on 66
A musical French talent, Marie So, entertained us by singing a song from her new CD. Everyone enjoyed the upbeat music and her lively voice and personality. Thanks to Marie for the autographed CD and for the fun, spontaneous entertainment.
Route 66 Roger - Author of "Arizona Kicks on Route 66"
What keeps Route 66 alive?
Artists like well-known author Roger Naylor and photographer
Larry Lindahl keep Route 66 alive. Both of these renowned artists will be joining us on Friday, May 3rd from 12:00 to 5:00 for
a "book signing - "Arizona Kicks on Route 66", now in
its third printing.
This is a great way to start your "Fun Run" adventure - meeting two artist adventurists who very uniquely capture Arizona and
all of its natural beauty and historic locations.
Our esteemed friend, talented writer and photographer, Jim Hinkley, has been busy. Between his busy schedule of
book signings, Jim has finished his rough draft
for his Route 66 Travel Guide.
Also, Jim's Route 66 Historic Atlas will be a companion
to his popular Route 66 Encyclopedia.
Gene from Woodinville, Washington stopped in Seligman again with his accommodations in tow. This is Gene's second time traveling 66 on his way to his Army reunion in Texas.
Gene was sure proud of his teardrop modeled after a
1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine design. This is
Gene's home for the three-week trip to Texas, a few days
to share memories with friends and his one-week return
trip to Washington.
Who is your favorite travel companion on Route 66?
Pictured on the right is Luke from Crazy Azz Acres with his travel companion. In all honesty, his wife Pamalee is his favorite companion. Luke and Pamalee added color to the Seligman scene when they were here with their 4-legged family members.
Results for April survey: The best way to travel on Route 66 is by convertible.
Sergio and Gloria made their third trip from Argentina to Route 66. One of their other stops was Bike Week in Phoenix.
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Ramblin' Jack Elliot (on the left) and cowboy poet, Jim Bone' (pictured on the right) visited us once more. This time they
were on their way to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Jack will be the featured speaker and he will perform for the opening
of the Woody Guthrie Museum.
As the saying goes, "After Woody Guthrie and before Bob Dylan, there was Ramblin' Jack Elliot".
Bernadette and Her Belgian Family
Bernadette was on vacation again. For the past 7 years, Bernadette has been in the custody of her Belgian family,
posing for photos along the way, Pictured on the right are Loli-Alain Belsol Cortoos, Alessandro Corlito, Lora Vdy and Chantel Duchesne, the toy doll's sponsors. Bernadette is in good hands with a fun-loving Belgian family.
Our Neighbor to the West
In the olden days, Grand Canyon Caverns was the last “high country” Truck Stop on RT66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. With an altitude of between 5,500 feet and 6,000 feet at different parts of their 1,400 acres, it was a great place to stop before a night trip across the Mohave Desert because trucks and cars
had no air-conditioning.