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U.S. Airmail concrete directional arrows

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020, 11:16 am


U.S. Airmail concrete directional arrow from the 1920sU.S. Airmail concrete directional arrow from the 1920s

We spent a couple of hours chasing down one of the old U.S. Airmail concrete directional arrows from the 1920s. The federal government funded the Transcontinental Airway System to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes to help airmail pilots trace their way across America. With concrete arrows indicating the direction to the next beacon, a rotating light tower, and a shed that usually held a generator and fuel tanks, these beacons were once situated on air routes across the United States beginning around 1923. Many of the sites are now long gone. During World War II, numerous concrete arrows were destroyed so as to not help enemy pilots visually navigate the country.

We had always wanted to find one and our airmail map showed one pointing pilots East toward Chicago near where we were headed. We finally thought we spotted it, pulled over and was walking down a hill when we looked up and a state trooper had pulled in behind our Airstream. He said he was just checking to make sure we were ok. When we told him what we were looking for, he said this was his route and he didn’t know one was there so let’s all go find it together. That was fun!

Badlands National Park

Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 1:10 pm


Badlands National ParkBadlands National Park

The many colors of Badlands National Park were spectacular and unexpected. It’s truly a must see.

We love South Dakota and can't wait to return for a longer visit.


The many colors of the Badlands National ParkThe many colors of the Badlands National Park


Badlands National ParkBadlands National Park

Playlist for Joshua Tree National Park

Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:51 am


U2 - Joshua Tree U2 - Joshua Tree

Playlist for driving through Joshua Tree National Park?

U2 - Joshua Tree of course.

Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park

Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 9:52 am


Sunrise at Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National ParkSunrise at Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park

We got up at 4:00 a.m. and drove an hour from the Joshua Tree South BLM to the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park to watch the sunrise. There were about a half dozen other like-minded people there. We all stood in silence as the rising sun slowly lit up the spiny thorns on the cactus.

We will be talking about this sunrise for a very long time.

Route 66 Midpoint

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020, 9:55 am


Route 66 MidpointRoute 66 Midpoint

“When you’re here, you’re halfway there.” Halfway between Chicago and Santa Monica on Route 66. And when you’re here, have some pie because it’s the best.

But don’t do what we did and arrive on Monday. They’re closed on Monday.


1139 miles to Los Angeles. 1139 miles to Chicago.1139 miles to Los Angeles. 1139 miles to Chicago.


Lunch stop at the Route 66 midpointLunch stop at the Route 66 midpoint


Route 66 midpoint foot shotRoute 66 midpoint foot shot


Midpoint CafeMidpoint Cafe

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