Day 2- It was about a five hour drive through the desert to Williams. The temperature went from the 100's in Las Vegas (even at night it only went to 92) to 113 degrees and then as we approached Williams - northern Arizona the temperatures turned more pleasant.
These pictures are some of the things we saw on our way to Williams. This is a teepee of course. There is a lot of Native American Indiana Culture out west -
This is a painting on the side of a bar - the only bar, tiny restaurant, and little store (bathroom) for miles!
This was a picture of a man hanging - he must have runoff without paying a bill - the man at the little store - carried a gun - he was dead serious about making sure no one ran off without paying. And if you used the bathroom - you had to buy something.
Or obviously he'd come after you!
Day two - we arrived in Williams, Arizona - we were going to stay one night out of the canyon and one night in the canyon.
The way there the new highway - every exit had a sign - Route 66 - I figured we were running kind of parallel to it.
Call me old but I love Nelson Eddy - I thank my mom for that - do you remember Naughty Henrietta - Ah Sweet Mystery of Life I Now I Adore You . . .
Happy Birthday Nelson Eddy - from Wikipedia
Nelson Ackerman Eddy was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the only child of Caroline Isabelle and William Darius Eddy. His father was a machinist and toolmaker whose work required him to move from town to town. Nelson grew up in Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As a boy, he was a redhead and quickly acquired the nickname "Bricktop." As an adult, his red hair was streaked with silver, so that his hair photographed as blond.
Nelson came from a musical family. His Atlanta-born mother was a church soloist, and his grandmother, Caroline Netta Ackerman Kendrick, was a distinguished oratorio singer. His father occasionally moonlighted as a stagehand at the Providence Opera House, sang in the church choir, played the drums, and performed in local productions such as H.M.S. Pinafore.
Eddy's parents divorced when he was 14, which severely traumatized him. Living in near-poverty, Eddy was forced to drop out of school and moved with his mother to Philadelphia, where her brother, Clark Kendrick, lived. His uncle helped Eddy secure a clerical job at the Mott Iron Works, a plumbing supply company. He later worked as a reporter with the Philadelphia Press, the Evening Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. He also worked briefly as a copywriter at N.W. Ayer Advertising, but was dismissed for constantly singing on the job. Eddy never returned to school but educated himself with correspondence courses. He was bitter that his father refused to provide financial support after the divorce but in later years they had an uneasy reconciliation.