Classic Fire Rig

Classic Fire Rig

Our drive to the K-Stan today, consisted of The Better Half driving the truck to the (roughly) half-way point between Wickenburg, AZ and Torrance, CA: Chiriaco Summit by the Patton Museum. This interesting museum has an outdoor display of classic tanks and some other relics, including this classic fire rig. I drove the second half of the excursion through the metroplexes of the much-too-developed Coachella Valley, Banning Pass, Inland Empire, Greater LA Area and, finally, the South Bay area of SoCal.

This trip, I brought my seldom-used Canon SX40HS camera and took the above photo along with a lot of snapshots along the route up until the point until I took the helm. Thereafter, TBH uses her more sophisticated Canon EOS to capture the rest of the trip on digital “film.” She always gets the superior camera shots. Unfortunately, she did not get a shot of the fire rig, so you’ll have to just enjoy my sophomoric effort of photographing this classic above. Clickable image.

Road Rash


Everyone - Be careful out there. We witnessed the aftermath of both of these traffic accidents last Monday as we headed out to K-Stan for some solemn family business.

The photo on the left was taken in Salome, AZ, along US route 60. It looks like a t-bone and roll to me, but I don’t have any details.

The image at the right, taken from Interstate 10 near Indio, CA, shows a partial view of a demolished vehicle and the efforts of law enforcement and other unknown helpers preparing to transport what appears to be a fatality from the scene. Again, no details.

Both clickable images courtesy of The Better Half.

Classic Ford Convertible

Classic Ford Convertible

On our way to K-Stan today, we passed this classic ‘49 or ‘50 Ford convertible on SR 60 between Banning and Riverside. The Better Half took this photo as we were coming up behind the classic. At first, I thought it might be an AMC Metropolitan, given the paint colors, but it turned out to be this very nice classic Ford.

After we passed, TBH took another photo of the Ford Front View, fuzzy dice and all. This nice little car had Tennessee license tags, so it may have come a long way from home.

Clickable image and link.

Sunday Supper


The Better Half and I have a long drive tomorrow to K’Stan, so we figured that we needed something substantial for supper today. I defrosted a couple of petite beef tenderloin (Filet Migon) steaks and TBH got some asparagus spears ready for the flattop on the grill. She also made a wonderful side dish that consisted of rice and chopped angel hair pasta with saffron, rosemary and other herbs and spices. It was a wonderful culinary experience. Clickable image.

We actually have to make trips to the coast twice in the next two weeks. It’s a complicated story, but we have a funeral to attend this week and a bunch of furniture and personal belongings to take out of the old house that will close escrow late this week. To further exacerbate matters, I have to undergo a couple of medical procedures in between trips.

October should bring relief from all the necessary travel, but, like gluttons for being on the road, we will likely head out to Northern Cal to see our brand new great grandson and granddaughters there. That trip will be because we WANT to go and not because we HAVE to go. BIG difference in attitude.

Chicago-Style Eatery in Wikieup, AZ


Yesterday, on our return home from an overnighter in Kingman, AZ, on our last leg of the 10 day road trip, we stopped briefly in Wikieup, AZ, along US 93. We walked the dogs and stretched our legs in this tiny town where the most interesting landmark is a Chicago-style eatery. Parked under the sign is this very nice 1955 or so Chevy step-side pickup.

The whole roadside area had the look and feel of a 1950’s era place to stop and eat, refill the canvas waterbag, add water to the in-window auto swamp cooler, relieve yourselves and move on to the next town while enjoying some of the finest Arizona Highway natural sightseeing along the way. Clickable image.

Nostalgic Kramer Junction

Nostalgic Kramer Junction

There is a plethora of nostalgic items at the intersection of CA State Route 58 and US 395 in the California Desert near Kramer. The Better Half captured this image with an old (52?) Buick Special (3 holer) and a classic WWII-ish military transport with a single star for perhaps a Brigadier General’s disposal.

The photo merely scratches the surface of the nostalgic memorabilia including very old signage, classic vehicles and antiques of every description. Search “Kramer Junction Antiques” on any on-line search site to be overwhelmed with details of the rather small, but resplendent with antiques, desert intersection. Clickable image.

It looks like we will have a few showers on our way home, but, hopefully, no flash flooding or major severe storms. We are ready to be home for a few days before getting on the road again back to K’stan to finish up with our property there. Escrow closes the 26th and we want to be mostly out of there by then. Prayers and wishes of luck are, as usual, appreciated.

Headed Back to AZ Tomorrow - Maybe


With the remnants of tropical storm Odile bringing lots of moisture into the southwest, we’re worrying a bit as to whether we will be able to continue our road trip scheduled to have us home on Thursday. Looking at the NWS radar, it seems that there is a lot of rain shower and thunderstorm activity all over the Copper State tonight (Tuesday).

Our intended route takes us to Kingman, AZ, where we plan to spend Wednesday night. The route thereafter takes us back home where the forecast is for heavy rain and flash flooding.

We’re going to watch the events closely and head out for the next waypoint tomorrow (Wednesday). Wish us luck as we head home to reload and then head out on another Odyssey for the rest of September. Our work is not yet done. More details later.

Classic 1955 Cadillac Convertible Cafe Booth?

Classic 1955 Cadillac

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image of a classic Caddy convertible parked along Main Street in Bishop, CA, this afternoon as we pulled in to town to spend the night. She routinely takes pictures of the old classics because we both love them.

This one, on closer inspection, seems to have been modified to serve as an outdoor service booth for a little cafe. If you enlarge the photo you can see a table top situated between what appears to be cafe seating fore and aft.

I love the way some collectors have used ingenuity to re-purpose the old ones. We watch a couple of so-called reality shows on the History Channel where the characters in the show re-purpose dilapidated items. The items they select range from cars to vending machines and beyond.

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