at Amboy Crater, February 2015.
It's apparent to me that the time it takes to
recoup from being on a long journey is in direct proportion to the amount
of time it takes to coax Kathy back into the travel trailer to help clean
it out. After being on the road for two full months, it was two
weeks before I could get her to even consider stepping foot back in the
camper. This of course was not a big issue for me, as I too was a bit wary
of leaving my nice spacious office, shipping garage and home to get back
into our mobile motel. But now that we've had some time and space, I
can look back on our adventure to the southwest with a big smile and say
"Yeah, let's do that again.... just not for a while."
were in the Kingman, Arizona region when I wrote our last newsletter.
Had a great time, spending a week in Golden Valley, traveling parts of
Route 66 through Oatman, and visiting with great friends, like author
Hinckley and retired Nurse and RV'er Diana Beatty. Lot's to
explore in this area of Arizona, and even more up into Nevada and
California. The trip is laid out in our Photo Blog, which I will share in
the "What's New" section of this newsletter.
What you won't read about in the blog are the
challenges that arise along the way. Besides keeping two dogs and Kathy
happy in a 22 foot trailer, there's those unexpected obstacles. Like the
look on the gas station owners face in Needles, California when I asked
for air for our tire. "You do realize that's ready to blow? You
gonna ride that until there's nothing left?" Well, yeah, that
was my original thought process, but after realizing I still had to hook
the trailer back up to leave Golden Valley, it was decided to make the
While at the local tire shop I got a real dose
of American freedom when, through conversation with a couple of customers
and the shop manager, the subject of gun rights came up. I was then
treated to stories of the local militia, bug out kits (complete with
demonstration) and all three of them pulling out their handguns for show
and tell. Love our country's freedoms, and our constitution, but I must
admit a feeling of unease sitting in the waiting room of a tire shop with
three handguns floating about. Although, I will say that Arizona probably
tops my list of places to go if there is ever an invasion by another
country, or aliens for that matter.
Speaking of Aliens, ever been to an Alien
Brothel? Yeah, me neither, but we spent some time across the highway
from one in Nevada. The idea was to get close to Death Valley, but not
actually stay in it. Kathy's great at finding RV Parks that work with our
agenda, but the spot in the road at Amargosa Valley was a bit out of this
world. Only thing here was a convenience store across the highway, with a
grill inside the back, and an attached brothel off to the side. Oh, and I
shouldn't leave out the fireworks joint next door. They made sure everyone
was aware they sold loud boomers by setting off a few every time cars had
to stop for some road construction.
There was disappointment in myself after a
trip to what had to be the biggest candy store I've ever been in. The
Death Valley Nut & Candy Company in Beatty, Nevada features isles of
deliciousness that presented many of my favorites of yesteryear. So many
in fact I was overwhelmed, and feeling a bit forced to make a decision so
as not to spend an hour drooling. I finally picked some kind of rocky road
dark chocolate confection that was too heavy on the marsh mellow. Shoulda
stuck with the gummies or chocolate covered raisins (or jelly beans,
brownie bits, licorice, bridge mix, etc). There I go drooling again.
With these kind of eating habits, it's no
wonder I broke a molar in Pahrump. Thank goodness we found a dentist that
could squeeze me in between appointments, 'and' actually create a
permanent crown the same day. Spending up to four hours in the chair though, and
tensing up quite a bit while they were hovering over me, somehow led to a
leg injury that I'm still limping along with over a month later.
of course there was our final push home, complete with meeting back up
with Ol' Man Winter in Texas, and colliding with a pot hole half the size
of our front end in Oklahoma. Our poor Highlander has likely seen it's
last trip with the trailer, and depending on the repair costs, maybe its
last time with us.. but hey, it got us home, and has new tires!
Oh, and along the way Kathy was contacted by
yet another production company that has her flying out to El Paso late
next week for a show about Lawmen, again on the American Hero's Channel (AHC).
We'll keep you updated on when the Gunslinger show that she interviewed
for in December, and this one, are completed.
I'm sure I'm leaving out some other gems, but
with every adventure there are challenges. Thank God we have the
opportunity to face them, as we both love our job!
Dave 'Limpalong" Alexander
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Route 66 - Seligman, AZ & Ghost Town Stretch to
Old West - The Chuck Wagon, Real Queen of the
Featured Product - Tea for Me!
Feedback and Suggestions
More to See:
Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
Legends Travel Blog - Follow us on our travels and catch special
Legends Photo Travel
Blog - Follow our travels in pictures with interesting historic
tidbits to boot.
Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
In Social Media:
Legends Facebook Page - Daily posts of all things American History.
Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page - Occasional posts of all things Ghost Towns.
Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all
things Native American
Legends Photo Prints Facebook
Store Facebook Page
Legends on Twitter
Legends on Pinterest
Kathy doing her
thang in Pahrump, Nevada.
Winter History Tour
- Our two month journey to the southwest to escape Winter provided an
opportunity to explore Route 66, Death Valley, ghost towns, the old west
and much more. Here's the links to the photo blogs that resulted.
Revisiting the Mother Road - Western New Mexico - We revisited parts of the
Mother Road we hadn't been to since 2004, including some great ghost towns
and historic stops along the path.
Along the Painted Landscape of Arizona Route 66 - Continuing our journey
westward along Route 66, we enter Arizona in grand fashion with gorgeous
landscapes of the American Southwest.
Eclectic Path to Kingman - Our journey through western sections of Route 66
in Arizona was an eclectic mix of history and icons of the Mother Road.
Motherload on the Mother Road - Route 66 in the area of Kingman provides
visitors with a plethora of things to see and do, from the wonderful museums to
a feel of the Old West in Oatman.
Our Journey To Death Valley - Our journey from Arizona into Nevada and
California brought us to the area of Death Valley, where we found ghost towns
and plenty more.
Death Valley to Yuma Via the Salton Sea - We wrap up Death Valley, hit the
Mojave Preserve, Amboy and more on our way to Yuma.
Journey Home Via Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - We had quite the journey
home after Yuma, enjoying Arizona Ghost Towns, Fort Bowie, Mexican history in
New Mexico, and West Texas winter.
Of course, all this travel leads to updated and