Encountering Crocodiles in Florida

I’m still catching up with documenting our adventures from over the Christmas break. This time we check out “Croc Encounters”, a non-profit reptile rescue in Tampa Bay, Florida.

I’d like to give a shout-out to the forty people who have subscribed to our YouTube channel. We’re slowly working our way up to the triple-digit club and the 100 subscriber mark. Thank you!

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Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern

You don’t need to know anything about architecture to know the name Frank Lloyd Wright. On our recent trip to Florida, we spent some time checking out the campus of Florida Southern College, which is home to a large collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.

Between 1938 and his death in 1958, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a total of 18 buildings for the campus of Florida Southern. Twelve of those buildings were built during Wright’s lifetime. Come with us as we do a little architectural sightseeing in the sunshine.

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

It’s always a pleasure when you get to visit a historic site that you have wanted to see for many years. This time it was a visit to Promontory Point, Utah and the location of the driving of the golden spike which completed the American’s transcontinental railroad by joining the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways.

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Bonnie and Clyde Death Car

On our way back home from our Route 66 trip, we couldn’t pass up the chance to stop in Primm, Nevada and check out the car Bonnie and Clyde were in when they were gunned down.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious outlaws in the early 1930s. Their exploits are the stuff of legend. That legend was cemented in history on May 23, 1934 when they were ambushed south of Gibsland, Louisiana by a posse of four law enforcement officers.

The car they were driving was a 1934 Ford V8 which they had stolen in Topeka, Kansas from Jesse and Ruth Warren. Since that time, the car has been attracting curiosity seekers who want to see a tangible part of the Bonnie and Clyde story.

I have had the opportunity to see the car three times now and it continues to fascinate me. The first time was in either 1993 or 1994 when I was in my very short stint as a long-haul truck driver. We were passing through Primm, Nevada and stopped at a casino for a break. I had no idea the car was on display there and, while I was aware of Bonnie and Clyde, I didn’t know all that much about them. If my memory serves, the car was at one of the casinos on the east side of the Interstate at that time.

The second time was in 2008 when the car was displayed at Gold Ranch Casino in Verdi, Nevada, just outside of Reno. I was on vacation and on my way to California and seeing the car was again a surprise as I was unaware it had been moved from Primm. Surprisingly, I searched my photos and I don’t have any pictures of the car from that visit.

And, the third time was this visit back in Primm, this time at Whiskey Pete’s Casino. Today it is housed behind clear glass which makes photography difficult.

In addition to the car, the casino displays other Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia, including the shirt Clyde was supposedly wearing when he was gunned down.

These two outlaws have captured the imagination of countless people for almost nine decades. Their death car remains a true piece of depression-era Americana and is worth stopping in to see if you find yourself on I-15 near the California/Nevada border.

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Route 66: The Finale!

I’ll have more to write later, but for now, here is the final of the Route 66 series — the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier, the end…

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Route 66: The Penultimate Day on the Road

The final days of Route 66 were a bit of an mental battle.  More than two weeks on the road, living out of a suitcase, and having a different bed almost every night was becoming both mentally and physically exhausting.  And, with the end coming closer and closer, there were the inevitable thoughts of “What’s next?  What’s waiting for us once we’ve accomplished our goal?”

Those would be questions that wouldn’t be answered right away.  Even now, more than two months after the conclusion of the trip, I’m still not sure we know the answers completely.

But, the thoughts of the end would need to wait because we still had some time left to enjoy ourselves on the Mother Road.  Setting off from Needles, California, we set our target destination to be Barstow.  Two major stops along the way would be the famous Roy’s Cafe and it’s iconic sign in Amboy and Calico, the silver mining boomtown turned tourist attraction thanks to the preservation efforts of Walter Knott.  (Yes, the same Walter Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm fame.  In fact, the ghost town at Knott’s Berry Farm is based on Calico.)

I really hope you are still enjoying this journey with us.  This series of videos has been a true labor of love.  Despite the low production quality, they still each took several hours to put together and create.  If you have stuck with us so far, hang in there because after today there is only one more day to go!

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Route 66: Day 14 – Williams to Needles

Well, the end is clearly in sight now.  

This is the longest video of the series so far.  There are so many places to check out along this stretch of the Mother Road.  I hope you’ll take the time and check out our adventures along the longest unbroken section of Route 66 remaining in existence.

We wake up to snow in Williams but most of it is gone by the time we get to Ash Fork.  We hit the birthplace of Route 66, Delgadillo’s Barber Shop in Seligman and also stop by the iconic Hackberry General Store.  We end with a trip up and over the Sitgreaves Pass, one of the most notorious stretches of Route 66 and then spend more than a little time feeding the burros in the wild west boomtown of Oatman.  California or bust on Day 14!

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