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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”.

 

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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Redwood National Park, Mt Shasta and Walker Lake, NV Sep 2016

On the 19th I headed south to California where I could visit the Redwood National Park. I didn’t have an address for the park other than Crescent City and my GPS was taking me much further south than I wanted to go.

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But without this detour I would not have been able to view Paul Bunyan and Blue. A friend tells me that these have been stolen from Minnesota!

 

 

 

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Redwoods are found in many areas.

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Redwood National and State Park

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I did a U turn and traveled to Jedediah Smith Campground. I could only secure one night in the campground so I set out to maximize my time by walking along the river before visiting the groves in the morning.

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Stout Grove is an amazing sight!

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I departed Redwood National Park in the early afternoon and drove toward Mt Shasta with an ultimate goal of Zion National Park. You can see Mt Shasta from many miles away. I’ve captured my approach.

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The terrain changed and I thought these volcanic mountains were interesting.

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As I left the shade of Mt Shasta I drove on a scenic highway that took me through Reno on my way to a night’s stay at Walker Lake. The wind was exceptionally strong and I was fortunate to have found a beautiful setting for the night. The sunset was just beyond description.

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This beauty came with a price however. The wind blew and blew. At times it was so strong that I was concerned my RV might be tipped over. I had to pull in my slide with the bed as the canopy was flapping so hard I was afraid I’d lose it or damage it.

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Sunset over Walker Lake.

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Sunrise over Walker Lake

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The next morning over coffee a young traveler stopped by to enjoy the view and mentioned that there were now 83 wild horses at the other end of the lake and that they could be seen from the road.

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Cactus began to appear alongside the road

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Oregon September 2016

Oregon is a very pleasant state.  Astoria is located at the furthest point of NW Oregon. The Astoria bridge to Washington is a 4 mile bridge over deep shipping channels and sandbars that inhibit maritime shipping at the point where the Columbia river meets the Pacific Ocean. This area is alive with the history of Lewis & Clark as this was the end of their journey west. After spending the winter at Ft Clatsop their westward journey terminated as they went home.

Museums abound. A sea captain’s home now hosts a wonderful museum with gardens in back.

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The Oregon Film Museum used to be the County Jail. The courthouse is active next door.

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Lunch on the shore of the Columbia River was an experience.

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The view for my lunch

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Embedded in the floor was glass that gave a look at the sea lions below.

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A specialty of the house was the oysters with Jalapeno Jelly and cheese. Blue rock salt served as the base.

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The tower has the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition swirled around it. Then the view from the top is just amazing.

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Fort Clatsop was much smaller than I expected.

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The different forts of the expedition

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Astoria is in the far Northwest corner of Oregon. Going south we come to Seaside, Oregon. Mostly a tourist destination with large inviting beaches and home to classic car shows. Sightseeing in Seaside, OR. First up was a walk downtown where many of the cars from yesterday were parked on the street for display. A mural caught my eye as someone has tried to present all the tourist activities of this small seaside town.

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Seaside hosts a small merry-go-round that brings smiles to children and adults alike.

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The beach is just a short walk up Broadway Street. Visitors are greeted at a roundabout with the scene of Lewis and Clark at the end of their journey west.

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On this day there were few people on this vast expanse of welcoming beach.

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A walk further down the beach brings me to the Aquarium. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an aquarium on the beach before! Notice the skeletal form in the window.

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Before leaving Seaside, OR I was initiated into the Elks. Now I have the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club to find social interaction while I’m on the road.

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Moving further south I visited Ecola State Park to view more of the Oregon coastline.

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At Indian Beach I watched surfers challenge the waves.

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A couple of views from Ecola point show the Haystack Rock formation and the nature of the Oregon coast line. Very similar to California’s coast line.

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I just love these large Historical Markers along the road and capture them when possible.

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Coastal views

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Passing through small coastal towns as I work my way down to Tillamook.

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Lunch in Tillamook at a 50’s style diner.

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Touring the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

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Of course this oddity caught my eye. An RV suspended above the road. I had posted this on facebook and received a few responses. One of the respondents even posted their own photo from a few years ago where this RV was in very good shape. Either the tourist industry is on a decline or these folks just are not maintaining this eye catcher.

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I departed Seaside on Sept. 15 after playing pickle ball and watching a tournament. I traveled to Florence, OR where I stayed for the weekend. I spent those rainy days in the Adult lodge putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It is amazing how much time can be consumed with one of those puzzles.