Get Your Kicks on Route 66 – Arizona and New Mexico

– [Robert] In today’s video we’ll visit Walnut
Canyon National Monument, Twin Arrows, the old and the
new, the Two Guns ghost town, we’ll even make a wrong turn onto the original and
now decaying Route 66. Also, the Meteor Crater, and the abandoned Meteor
City Trading Post, we’ll stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona while we get our kicks on old Route 66. All that and more, coming up next. (jazzy music) ♪ I’m riding, riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding with my RV, my RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ – Well good morning. From Black Bart’s RV Park here in Flagstaff, Arizona. They do have a steakhouse
but I didn’t go last night. And well today we continue east. Getting our kicks on Route 66. (jazzy music) ♪ Riding, riding in my RV ♪ – Here we are, on the Mother Road, and the first point of
interest we’re going to visit is Walnut Canyon National Monument. ♪ Yeah I’m riding, riding, riding ♪ ♪ I’m riding in ♪ – [Robert] Well here we are at Walnut Canyon National Monument. The museum inside depicts the
life of the Sinagua people. – [Video Announcer] To Walnut
Canyon National Monument. – Here’s the loop trail This one is called the Island Trail. It takes about an hour she said. It’s about a mile. So let’s check it out. Very nice. (dramatic music) These by the way were the
same cliff dwelling people who inhabited Montezuma
Castle, in the Verde valley, which I visited a couple of days ago. The Sinagua, in Spanish,
the people without water, lived in this area sometime
before the year 1250 but it is almost impossible
to know with certainty how they lived because they
left no written language. Their history has been pierced together by examining objects, and comparing them with
other prehistoric groups, and through the oral
traditions of the Hopi, which are the most likely
descendants of the Sinagua. Ponderosa pine. It’s a long way down. Well if you notice a slight
different in quality, or lack there of in this video compared to the previous
videos in this series, that’s because I don’t know if I told you, but I broke my good camera back in Sedona. So I went to Best Buy, bought
a relatively inexpensive Canon VIXIA just to finish the trip. And then we’ll see what we do. But is pretty cool that
we’re at Walnut Canyon and I’m gonna compensate for
the perhaps lack of quality only 1080p for now, with, I’m gonna make all the
videos 60 frames per second. So the fast movement, it
looks smoother on the screen. Let me know what you think. It is a beautiful place here. If these walls could talk. (chuckles) A lot of it is
reconstructed, you know that. (dramatic music) I mean I do like the
fact that it is smaller than my other camera. But then the viewfinder
quality is not the same, the dynamic range is not the same, the stabilization is
definitely not the same, and it is, it is not 4k. But the auto focus is faster. And we’ll see how accurate
the colors really are. So anyways this, check out
all the cliff dwellings here. (R&B funk music) This is the sunny side, the
south side of the canyon. Vegetation is different. (relaxing music) And there, you see there’s
still snow on the ground. Check it out. It’s another dwelling there on
the other side of the canyon. (exclaims) I have to go
all the way back there. I’m starting to get a
little out of breath here. We’re almost at 7000 feet above sea level. Well, yes, it is a beautiful canyon, although we must continue soon. Check out the San Francisco
peaks in the distance. Well, there is another trail
that goes around the rim. But if I wanna make it Albuquerque today, I gotta keep going. Oh, wow, look at that. (R&B funk music) Route 66 is nearly
non-existent in this area, so it is going to be
I-40 for the most part; still we’re going to see
some points of interest along the way. Here for example we encounter Twin Arrows. It was originally a
trading post now abandoned. Apparently is closed down in 1998, and even though the building sits in ruins the two arrows were
restored by the Hopi tribe and Route 66 enthusiasts back in 2009. This was probably part of a diner. Oh yeah, see it is completely abandoned. Check out the kitchen. It’s completely abandoned and
probably unsafe to be in here, to be honest about it. Check out that roof. It is a sad reality
that a lot of structures sit like this along the side of the road, not only on Route 66, other roads as well. Sometimes I fail to see
the “historic” value of keeping something
like this, in such decay, but that’s just me. This is the building I was just in. It was called the Twin
Arrows Trading Post. Back here they have like a garage. And that’s your Twin Arrows
and the very famous Minitini. (dramatic music) Let’s go to the modern Twin
Arrows casino for breakfast. Well this is actually one of the places that I had considered last
night for overnighting. There you have a nice Thor A.C.E. And this is the Twin Arrows Casino. It is kinda here in the middle of nowhere. Well hello there. Well this is called
The Four Elements Cafe. Well here’s my Navajo breakfast. (bright music) Check out this lamp. Oh what a mess. (gasps) guess this cabinet opened and um, all my stuff went in the floor. (playful music) Well, yeah, that was probably
that bump on the road I hit as I was entering the casino. This is the ghost town of Two Guns. Well this is what remains of
old Route 66 in this area. This is the ghost town called Two Guns. Yep. This here was part of a
zoo that had mountain lions and other Arizona native animals. In fact, after the late 1920’s when Route 66 first passed through here this became a full-blown tourist trap. Here, in these chicken wire cages is where they kept the mountain lions. They also had something
called the Apache Death Cave, which is still here somewhere nearby. To make a long story short, the town was always riddled with bad luck, which some called a curse, and all that ended with a fire in 1971. Here’s what remains of the gas station. Probably not too safe to
be walking around here, but I’m going to do it anyways in the interest of
historical research, I guess. (upbeat music) Let’s go. There’s a suspicious looking van here. Talking about curse, I had the great idea to try and continue on route 66. It looked like a normal
road on Google maps, and since I was trying to save data, I neglected to check the satellite map. Yeah, big mistake. Well this is what remains of old Route 66. Not very well maintained these days. We’re running almost parallel to I-40. (upbeat music) At the beginning it looked like a relatively well-maintained
dirt road, so I kept going. Soon it became evident
I had made a mistake as the road became virtually non existent, and since it had fences on both sides there was no room to make a U-turn. Trust me, I did try, but
no, couldn’t make it. I also tried driving backwards, but I had driven too long a distance, it would have been extremely
difficult to make it back. I was really in a pinch here. I was getting desperate at this point so I decided to try something radical, like backing into one of the fences until I actually pushed it a little bit, then back and forth, back and forth, again and again, patiently. Eventually I was able to make that U-turn and return back to safety. Let’s make sure Minitini is
still in one piece though. Okay let’s not do that again. (bright music) Our next stop is the Meteor Crater. Oh bummer. And by the way they do offer RV parking. I’m here with all the other RVs. There’s even a Phoenix Cruiser. And I guess I won’t be
flying the drone here. (jazzy music) Well according to them they’re
running a special today $11. It’s usually $18. And your America the Beautiful
pass is no good here. This is privately owned. So one thing to note. Here we are. Even have an Apollo test capsule. The mountain is beautifully framed. American Astronaut Hall of Fame. Starting with Alan B. Shepard of course. Kind of does look like
a painting, doesn’t it? But when you move, it moves with ya. It’s a nice view, for sure. Until the early 20th century, the crater was believed
to be volcanic in origin, but further testing and science has proven that it was formed by a meteor impact about 50,000 years ago. It was a 150 feet wide meteorite that created this huge crater, 700 feet deep and 4000 feet across. Is it worth 11 bucks to see
this hole in the ground? Only you can be the judge of that. It’s pretty cool. For me being a kind of a fan of this celestial things. It’s pretty cool. I’m gonna go to the
lower platform and then, we continue towards Albuquerque. We’re late. At one point in history they
tried excavating and drilling in a effort to find the meteor, but it is nowadays believed to
have disintegrated on impact. Okay, it’s time to continue. (bright music) We continue due east on
I-40, which as you can see, in this area has completely
replaced Route 66. Our next point of interest, what remains of the
Meteor City Trading post. Well here’s another abandoned structure. Here in the old Route 66. And this is the Meteor City Trading Post. They have this teepee here. Let’s go have a look inside. Oh, it don’t look like much. It’s all abandoned, as you can see. (R&B funk music) Dating back to 1938, the trading post finally
closed its doors in 2012, and it has been vandalized
and in ruins ever since. Let’s continue. Albuquerque is that way. Okay, next stop, Winslow, Arizona. (bright music) Here we are, arriving by that famous corner in Winslow, Arizona, immortalized by the Eagles in
their 1972 hit, Take It Easy. Let’s find parking. Well here we are, standing on the corner
in Winslow, Arizona. This is not the correct corner though. We’ll have to turn around here. Well, it’s a thing. Yep, the corner store is
blasting Eagles music in a loop, and I do believe the song
talks about a flatbed ford. Well there it is. Well here I am standing
on the famous corner in Winslow, Arizona with the Eagles and the famous red pickup truck of course. Check it out. Standing on the corner
in Winslow, Arizona. And they’re playing the
Eagles at the store. Hotel California. Wrong song, but anyway. Well they’re certainly milking this corner for all it’s worth. (upbeat music) We continue. Here’s the Cholla power
plant, near Joseph City. We are going towards Holbrook, another historic route 66 town. This is also the gateway to the Petrified Forest National Park. which I really wanted to visit, but I made the mistake
of making a reservation in Albuquerque, so I have to make it
there at some point today, and time’s running out. At least I found this place with all this petrified wood. I’m not gonna make it to the
Petrified Forest National Park. But they have some petrified wood here. (mutters) It’s pretty cool. It’s like, crystallized. Alright, this guy here, his store, they have a lot of petrified wood. But, as always I miscalculated time. I have to be in Albuquerque because I have a reservation. Although I’m gonna be late. I already called. Called the KOA for a late check in. (bright music) And with that we say goodbye to Arizona. And welcome to Nuevo Mexico! – [GPS] Welcome to New Mexico. – The New Mexico Welcome Center. Got a nice road map. I’m gonna take a picture right here. And make some coffee and
continue on the road. We’re going to pass by one last town here, Gallup, New Mexico, before it gets dark. Here we are, El Rancho being one of the more recognizable landmarks. We’re actually just going to cruise along this section of Route 66, here in Gallup, one of the towns actually mentioned in the famous song about Route 66. (upbeat music) (relaxing music) Well we’re gonna arrive
to Albuquerque at night, which is not my favorite thing. But yeah, we saw a lot today. It’s a beautiful area out here. As night falls we continue pushing east towards Albuquerque, New Mexico, where we are going to visit
well let me see, Walter White, Los Pollos Hermanos, and we’re gonna take the Sandia Peak Tram, we’re gonna visit the
Museum of Nuclear Power, among other things. If you have enjoyed traveling with us then make sure you’re subscribed. And check out my other videos. Also share it with your friends. Spread the word and leave me a comment. Now if you really, really liked it, you have a chance to show your support at As always, thank you so much for watching and see you on the road.

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