AZ – Route 66 Jaunting

From Death Valley I headed toward southern Arizona in search of wildflowers. I found myself on Route 66 where I’d heard there were early wildflowers spotted near Oatman.

Not far outside Bullhead City I found a great dispersed campsite complete with flowers!

I had a front row view of the full moon rising over Boundary Cone.

And was treated to a grand sunset.

My room with a view starring sunrise over Boundary Peak.

With great morning light it was time to grab some photos like this one of Golden Evening-Primose.

Fiddleneck

Phacelia

Brittlebush

I was also reminded it was time to add a comb and tweezers to my hiking kit. Oh cholla, you aren’t my friend.

Earlier I’d seen these which are possibly Desert Dandelion.

Desert Chicory

Have you heard of the Oatman Burros?

I was happy to find a few around ready to sit, lie, stand for a portrait session.

As promised I found some areas strewn with poppies; however recent rains and cooler temperatures kept them from being very photogenic.

The lupine looked happy.

As I continued my drive I saw several decorated bushes as well as memorial crosses. But as I approached the viewpoint at Sitgreaves Pass I came upon this scene. I met a guy who told me a bit about the area and was dropping off the ashes of his wife and grandpa. According to an online account, “Jackie Rowland, vice president of the Oatman Chamber of Commerce, said the grave markers actually are memorials to deceased people whose cremains are scattered at the site. Rowland says people have scattered ashes and erected memorials at the Black Mountains site for as long as she’s resided in the area. She said it’s not uncommon for friends of the deceased to hold quiet ceremonies, or folks throwing raucous “going-away parties” there. “We had one where there was a 21-gun salute,” she said.”  There were also pet memorials in evidence. Interestingly the human remains vessels aren’t always buried either.

Note: I’m cautiously traveling during the COVID-19 and taking extra precautions, as well as following State and CDC guidelines limiting exposure to myself and others. When I stopped in Kingman to grab groceries, WiFi and fuel, I was reminded of current status. I like many others feel conflicted about the correct response.

Adventure Date(s):

  • March 7-8, 2020

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4 thoughts on “AZ – Route 66 Jaunting

  1. Such wonderful photos, Jan! Thanks very much for postings your jaunts and photos. I glad to see that you aren’t letting the virus stopping you from doing what you love. You help remind me that although we are sheltering in place, spring is coming and that will be the best balm for our spirits.

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