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Vanishing Historical Route 66

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Vanishing Historical Route 66! The pictorial book with 904 color photos from the ‘Mother Road’ has been released. Starting in Chicago and ending at the Santa Monica Pier with 3,000 miles of adventure and nostalgia along the various routes of Highway 66.

I’m so excited to have completed this trip and had the opportunity to capture the Historical Route 66 in film to share. From 1926 to 2016 Route 66 has faithfully served the imagination of Americans and inspired TV Shows and movies. This piece of Americana is not to be missed. But be quick! Route 66 is vanishing before our very eyes. Both paperback and Kindle version in full color!

Route 66 celebrates 90 years of providing America with travel from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2016. Much of nostalgic sights along the route have disappeared and many more are in danger of deterioration. There are many communities across the 8 states that have embraced the spirit of the Historical Route 66. Within these communities there is an American pride that cannot be hidden. The photos I’ve taken along the way are provided to help maintain for future travelers what is here in 2016. I only wish I had taken this trip a decade ago to catch the fever and spirit of what is becoming a Forgotten Historical Route 66. Enjoy the photo journal as I pass through the ‘Mother Road’.

Walk in Confidence – The Paula Coffer Story

 

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Available on Amazon in kindle format: Walk in Confidence

Never a victim, always a winner.

BE HERE NOW! Live in just this moment, this day. When you walk out the door don’t look for acceptance, take for granted that you are accepted. Don’t live in a world where you are looking at a timeline that appears impossible. Live in the moment and relish, with gratitude, what you do have and recognize how far you have come. Make plans today for tomorrow but live in the today. Make your life now.

 Life is a series of journeys that take each of down separate paths. Sometimes the path intersects and sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless we must each own our own journey and make a positive difference in this world.

 This is Paula’s journey and the many paths she has traveled to succeed in making this life a positive experience.

 Be strong, be confident, be genuine

I served in Vietnam with the US Navy and retired from the US Army as a Finance Officer. I am traveling the US in a Motorhome towing a Jeep/Kayak and bicycle. I am an author maintaining a travel blog (paulacoffer.com) and have just published a trilogy of books called ‘Afghan Journals’ that are my daily journals while working with the DOD and DOS in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 – 2014. I am a parent of 4 adult children that I travel to see often. I transitioned in 1996 and have worked in multiple professions that include being a College Professor, Federal Examiner for NCUA, Anti-Money Laundering Revenue Agent with the IRS, Finance Director at Job Corps and as a Mentor/Advisor to the Ministry of Interior, Afghanistan. As a Soldier I was in the Finance Corps and served in Texas, Germany, Indiana, Korea, Baltimore/Wash DC and DFAS-IN. My hobbies are bicycling, Kayaking, Hiking, traveling, grilling and having fun with friends and family. My life story is published in a book ‘Walk in Confidence”.

 

Grand Canyon Caverns and other Route 66 goodies!

I missed going inside the Grand Canyon Caverns in May 2016. My visit this time was well worth the effort. I stayed in the adjoining RV park for the night and was not disappointed. A fire, a friend and a nice evening, what more can you ask for?

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Perhaps a bored guide stacked these rocks!

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There is a band stage and sleeping accommodations in the Cavern. $800 will gain you a nights sleep with guaranteed quiet and darkness. Well except that there is paranormal activity down here!

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This cavern is an official shelter and has been stocked by the US Government since the 1960’s

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This huge sloth was found in the cavern. There are scratches on the wall where he was trying to depart and he lost a claw in the wall in the attempt.

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I stayed in the RV park next to the Cavern entrance and gift shop. A great little park worth a stay.

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These scenes of Headicus are probably the last to be seen. This building was being emptied by the owners and new occupants will soon renovate this iconic Route 66 roadside oddity/attraction.

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Hackberry, AZ gas station and musuem

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A much earlier version of Route 66 is just off to the right of the road.

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Hoover Dam and Lake Meade

It was an educational and awe inspiring trip to visit Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. A visit to the generators that are used to send electricity to several states was quite an experience. Of course they confiscated (the security personnel said I voluntarily surrendered) my teenie tiny Swiss pen knife! But the trip was worth it as we traveled down, down to the lower levels where the huge water lines bring the Colorado River through the generators. Learn the history of the Dams construction and experience the views from the bridge.

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Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas, Las Vegas! What do you do if you go to Las Vegas in your RV and don’t gamble? Well you go see the sights! This posting is about Las Vegas, the sights to see on the Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street Experience. Other Las Vegas postings are Zion National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Lost City Museum, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Mt Charleston, Hoover Dam, and Lake Havasu and the London Bridge! Enjoy the photos!

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Travel to the top of the Eifel Tower to see Vegas!

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The inside roof

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There are characters everywhere. If you take a photo of them they will ask you for money! I also found several drummers using plastic pails as drums. They weren’t too bad actually.

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Inside shops at the Venetian.

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More Characters

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The Flamingo has a nice Wildlife Habitat.

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These are cupcakes for sale at this bakery.

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Just outside the Flamingo

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A Waxing experience!

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There are water shows at a few of the casinos.

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Trump Tower

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Circus Circus casino provides a few free circus acts for the enjoyment of children and adults alike.

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The Treasure Island Casino doesn’t have the gun firing sinking ship presentation but the ships are still there to be seen.

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There are volcano shows at the Mirage.

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There is even a White Castle burger joint on the strip!

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Harrah’s Carnaval Court has live music and flair bartenders.

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Boulder City Art in the Park

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Hawaiian Aloha crafts sale and  native dances.

 

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Valley of Fire and Lost City Museum Sep 2016

A visit to the Valley of Fire is a visit to a place where the rocks are on fire and history is alive. An outlaw occupied the area near the ‘Mouse Hole’ and there are petroglyphs reminding us that the Indians were here long before us.

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The Lost City Museum is located in a small town near Lake Meade and the Valley of Fire.

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Red Rock Canyon, Ash Meadows, Death Valley Sep 2016

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I’m in Las Vegas for a couple of weeks and I don’t gamble. What do you do in Vegas if you don’t go to the Casinos? Well I am traveling in an RV with a Jeep in tow so I decided to ask many of the more knowledgeable travelers on Facebook. From the many suggestions given to me I decided to visit the following areas:

Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Valley of Fire, Lost City Museum, Hoover Dam, Lake Meade

Then there are many activities in Vegas that are free:

Fountains of Bellagio Water Show, The Botanical Conservatory at the Bellagio, Live Circus acts at the Circus-Circus casino, Atlantis Show & Aquarium at the Caesars Forum Shops, Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, Viva Vision Light & Sound show at Fremont Street Experience, Live Music and Flair Bartenders at the Harrah’s Carnaval Court, “I lost my M” 3D movie at M&M’s World, Volcano at the Mirage, Saltwater Aquarium at the Mirage, Miracle Mile Fountain Water Show at Planet Hollywood, Mystic Falls Sunset Stampede Show at Sam’s Town, Interactive Fish Feeding Show at the Silverton, Mermaid Swims at the Silverton, Lake of Dreams at the Wynn

I began my adventure by taking on Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley first. Red Rock Canyon reminded me very much of the Badlands loop drive in South Dakota.

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Many movies were made using Red Rock Canyon as a backdrop.

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You can tour in a Pink Jeep!

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The Red Rock Canyon offers many, many hiking trails. Due to my schedule the day I visited I chose not to hike. This is definitely an area I will return to one day to hike through.

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And of course that is a Ferrari sitting by my Jeep!

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After completing the loop around Red Rock Canyon I headed toward Death Valley’s Devil Hole. Little did I know that the bonus was a trip through Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Devils Hole is part of Death Valley National Park but is quite a distance from Furnace Creek Visitors Center. At the gateway to Death Valley there is a beautiful hotel. It appears to be vacant however

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A burned out shell of a building is across the street.

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The lowest place in America is here too!

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Other views as I drove through Death Valley

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