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My webmaster updated the K. Lorraine webpage a few days ago. My webmaster updated the K. Lorraine webpage a few days ago. Thank you Jeannie for a job well done.
I love the streamline, modern look that she gave the site. As we all age, a face lift never hurts.
But, I was just instructed on how to navigate my new webpage, so I can give you some insight on how to find your way around the front page. There are several small icons on the upper portion of the page in the area of my picture. Click on the icon that you want to explore. The reader will find the NEW and older BLOGS when you click on the icon that says – K. Lorraine Books.
If you click on Walter Shuster – you will find an entire list of books that I’ve published over the years and where you can purchase the book if you so desire.
When you click on Twitter, you will be taken to one of my Twitte pages. I’ve discovered that if you click on the tab ‘HOME’, you will go to another and more updated Twitter page.
I am working with my web designer on updating the Author’s Bio. It is six years old and could use an update about the advancement of my writing career over the years.
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Today’s BLOG – GO to the ends of the world by by auto, boats, trains, planes or donkeys – Oatman, AZ.
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GO to the ends of the world by auto, boats, trains, planes or donkey – Oatman, AZ.
I’m always looking for new blog topics. I’m not sure if it was by accident or good fortune that brought to me the RJ Vlier.com website. By the way, you might want to check her out. RJ has been around for a while and she has a thought-provoking writing style. I find her work out of the ordinary, and she always draws my attention to see what she is up to at the moment. So browse through her website and see what she’s all about for yourself.
Anyways, I caught on that she was promoting a new book. I found two noteworthy points of interest in her blog appealing, so I read on. Dragon Boat Races caught my eye, and I was curious about a comment that mentioned travel. She wrote about wanting to visit the place where you can be in (four) states at one time.
I think she was referring to Four Corners in northern N.M. This is where you can put your hands and feet in four states at one time. The four connecting states are, N.M., CO., Utah, and AZ. I’ve been there several times and it is definitely worthy of a western adventure.
RJ Also mentioned in her blog that she would like to visit Key West. But, livng in Florida, as long as Ed and I had, the Keys were like stepping out of our back door and riding the Conch train to Sloppy Joes for a jello shot. And then going a few blocks to visit Ernest’s cats at the Hemmingway mansion.
One of our favorite things to do was go to the Salvation Army center looking to purchase Florida-style men’s shirts at half the price selling in the tourist shops. Of course we never missed Duval street and its lively nightlife, and then we’d always end up at the southernmost point of the United States where the Carribean and the Atlantic join just 90 miles from Cuba.
Today, I considered it might be thought provoking to blog about travel and places of interest. I dug through the recess of my mind and came with an adventure that Ed and I took when we traveled across the country on Route 66.
Getting our ‘Kicks on Route 66’
Route 66 is known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road. The highway served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed.
My husband and I had taken a month long road trip across America each year for as long as I can remember. I kept a journal of our adventures, and this one took place in 2006, when we traveled the length of Route 66 from its beginning in Chicago to the western coast of California. The entire trip took a month, but today, I’m going to share a bit about Arizona.
It was an adventure in itself getting to Oatman, Arizona. Okay, so first of all, the drive from the Kingman side was scary, but in a thrilling way! The road was very narrow with several sharp hairpin curves. No vehicles over forty feet in length were allowed on this road.
It started as a meager trail for the people who migrated there in their Model T’s from the Midwest. So, even though it made the drive more difficult on those old Model-T’s, the road took the hazardous journey up Sitgreaves Pass and bypassed Yucca. But once we got to the top of the mountain, and Oatman, it was a fun place to be.
Burros first came to Oatman with early day prospectors. The animals were also used inside the mines for hauling rock and ore. Outside the mines, the burros were used for hauling water and supplies. As the mines closed and people moved away, the burros were released into the surrounding hills.
The draw to Oatman is the wild burros that are descendants of the animals the gold miners left behind when they vacated the town. Live burros still roamed the streets, mostly in the afternoon looking for handouts from the tourists. My husband wandered around taking pictures of them, but I chose to stay in the car. While he was out playfully surrounded by the beasts of burden, a burro came up to my window and rubbed his nose against it. But even with a pane of glass between us, that was close up and personal enough for me.
The Drulin Hotel, was built in 1902, and it survived a devastating fire that burned most of the town’s other buildings in 1921. The hotel did a brisk business, accommodating the local miners. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned there in 1939. Their honeymoon suite was open to view and though guests no longer stayed the night, there was a museum on the top floor and a bar and a restaurant on the bottom floor. The old hotel, was renamed the Oatman hotel in the 1960’s, and it is the only historic two story adobe building in Mohave County.
Oatman is an authentic western ghost town. It is located on Historic U.S. Route 66. The Sidewalks are wooden and most of the buildings are as they were built. The friendly town residence and store owners dress in western clothes and do their best to help create the early days. Though Oatman is only a shadow of its former self, it is well worth a visit to this lively “ghost town” that provided, not only a number of historic buildings and photograph opportunities, but the streets provided the tourists with well costumed 1890’s style ladies strolling about.
It was fun to be part of the wild west experience and witness a real live reenactment of a gunfight and bank robbery. In its heyday, from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, Oatman and the nearby town of Gold Road were the largest producers of gold in Arizona. Being in Oatman felt just like we were living during the time of cowboys and gold miners and now the ghosts of the past.
So, this was my way of sharing a tid-bit about one of the Four Corner states – Arizona. But, really, I guess I just like reminiscing and storytelling.
Thank you for joining me and reading my blog. Until next time,
Happy Reading, K. Lorraine