Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Scenes At A Stop Along Historic Route 66 In Arizona

It was pretty funny learning about the naming of one southwestern city along historic old Route 66 in Arizona. Why? According to several references, Hackberry was named after the matting formed on the bodies of cattle. Although Hackberry is a type of tree, the Arizona town may have been named for what was described as pellets on the long hair of cattle. 
hackberry, Route 66, Arizona, historic route
Hackberry ~ Just One Stop Along Historic Route 66, Arizona
The only real sight in the town these days is the Hackberry General Store. Hackberry General Store is listed in Trip Advisor with excellent to good rating and a variety of interesting reviews.  The town was pretty much designated a ghost town when the grocery store and gas station closed down in 1978 after Interstate 40 went active. 

On the grounds of the General Store you'll find interesting artifacts from yesteryear as shown below and in the store a wide variety of interesting items and souvenirs. A ride along Old Route 66 from Seligman to Kingman or vise versa gets you there. Hackberry is one of many busy spots along the route from Seligman to Kingman during the annual Spring Route 66 Fun Run.

Weathered and rusty Ford truck front.
A background of antique odds and ends with an old auto.
License plates and rusty tin signs.
A rustic outhouse, car parts and old signs.
Visit TheAspenStand Store at Zazzle and find Arizona related Historic Route 66 items including stickers like the oval design above pillows and more. 

Where have you traveled along old Route 66?
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beautiful Setting Outside Of Downtown New Orleans

On a recent business trip to New Orleans, Louisiana I found a very relaxing spot away from the busy downtown activity. You might not expect it to be at the New Orleans Yacht Club but the area is called "West End Park." It is a beautiful greenbelt park featuring huge old shade trees, picnic tables, gazebos, benches and more. On a drive around later in the day I saw groups gathering for children's baseball team practice.

A sidewalk borders the park offering a nice walking or jogging loop all the way around. At the far end of the loop is a serene area featuring a stone bridge over a small pond. The sidewalk divides and leads to the bridge. On the far end of the bridge you walk into that end of the grassy park.

I arrived out there on a beautifully calm day. The reflection of the bridge and surrounding area framed on two sides by greenery features the arched stone walkway over the pond. I offer this photograph in my store as a 16" x 20" print titled "Reflection Bridge". You can add a frame and mat(s) to complete the order for you or as a gift. 

Contact me if you would like to see this Reflection Bridge photograph on another Zazzle product such as a wrapped canvas. 

What favorite areas did you find while visiting New Orleans? I would love to read your thoughts on my photos and post.