This morning we got up and headed for the old road. We really wanted to get some donuts for breakfast, but would you believe we couldn’t find a donut shop anywhere in Flagstaff? So we gave up on our donut quest and headed out toward Bellemont.
We decided to drive the old Brannigan Park alignment. As you head that way on the old road, you enter Kaibab National Forest. It’s absolutely gorgeous there with all the trees, so we stopped to play and take a few portraits.
Our next stop was the Grand Canyon Deer Farm. We stopped in and spent some time feeding the deer. They also had miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, reindeer, and a camel, among other things. Lia was scared at first because the deer all crowded around us. After a few minutes, she was fine and even wanted to feed the deer. Ava fed some deer too, but Max only wanted to throw the food and watch them eat it. The kids’ favorite animals were the goats. They were lazy and just laid around letting the kids pet them.
Leaving the deer farm, we took the old dirt road alignment to Williams, AZ to hit up Twisters for lunch. It’s a 1950’s soda fountain and diner. We got a corn dog and chicken strips. The food was good, but what I was really looking forward to was the ice cream! They had kids size cones for 66 cents. They were super tiny, but the perfect size for our little ones. And we got normal size cones for us 🙂
After lunch, we continued on through Williams, then hopped on what we thought was the old dirt road alignment right after Pine Springs. It’s hard to tell here in Arizona if you’re on the right track or not, as the route is not marked well at all. We were spoiled in Illinois where Route 66 was well-marked. I still don’t know if that dirt road was Route 66 or not, but I do know that we drove it for a several miles and then it became a dead end out of nowhere.
Back on the newer alignment that runs with I-40, we took Crookton Road into Seligman. This is the start of the longest stretch of old 66 remaining, 158 miles long. We got to Seligman and made a beeline for the Sno Cap Drive In. This place is world famous for it’s good food and good humor. We got a strawberry shake, a chocolate shake, and an order of fries.
At the Snow Cap, they do things like squirt you with a pretend bottle of mustard and offer you a handful of straw (hay) instead of a straw for your drink. It’s all in good fun, but the lady two people ahead of me was a real party pooper. That’s a bummer, especially because the place is so well-known for their jokes. We also popped into the Route 66 Visitors Center which is in Angel Delgadillo’s old barber shop.
Heading out of Seligman, we followed the old alignment that runs with AZ 66. There really isn’t a lot to see between Seligman and Kingman, but we stopped a couple times to see roadside attractions, including the Hackberry General Store.
As we headed into Kingman, we decided to stop for the night. We did make a quick trip up to Locomotive Park to see the train before heading to the motel.
Tomorrow, we are headed toward San Bernadino. I don’t think we’ll make it that far, but we’ll see what happens.
Things I learned today:
1. You should not attempt to pour milk from the milk jug into a water bottle while the car is moving unless you would like to have milk all over your lap.
2. Don’t mention bears to your little kids while driving through the forest. Max & Ava are now obsessed with finding a bear (and of course, shooting it).
3. You should not wear a skirt to a petting zoo unless you want to be deer food.
4. I wonder how much it would cost to put in one of those privacy windows between the 2nd & 3rd rows in the minivan. You know the kind they have in limos? That’s what I have in mind.
5. Port-A-Potty’s gross me out. Seriously.
6. Lia has decided that she will start taking her shoes off everywhere we go, but most definitely if we are in the bathroom. What is up with that girl?
7. I love drinking soda out of glass bottles. It seems so vintage. But boy is it a lot more carbonated!
Grand Canyon Deer Farm, Williams, AZ 4 1/2 stars – The kids really enjoyed this petting zoo. You could feed deer and look at all kinds of other animals, including miniature horses and donkeys, llamas, goats, reindeer, and a camel. The deer were fairly aggressive as animals in these parks always are. They weren’t mean or anything, but they kept trying to grab the cup of food out of my hand. And they were pushing and shoving a bit. The only reason I didn’t give this place 5 stars is because I thought it was a bit pricey. It cost us almost $30 just to get in, then another $4.50 for a cup of deer food. What they don’t tell you is that you can buy the deer food for 25 cents a handful once you’re inside the park.
Twisters, Williams, AZ 4 stars – The food was good, the service was good, and the ice cream was fabulous. This place is definitely worth a stop to grab a bite to eat and get refreshed.
Snow Cap Drive In, Seligman, AZ 5 stars – This is definitely a must stop if you are traveling Route 66 through Arizona. If the yummy burgers, fries, and shakes aren’t enough to entice you, maybe the overly cluttered lot is. The whole place is decked out in vintage accessories and cars. Definitely a lot of photo-ops. And they are famous for their practical jokes 🙂
Rhodeway Inn, Kingman, AZ 4 stars – It’s clean, fairly spacious, the internet works, and it was super cheap, $40 including tax. It’s probably nicer than most of the motels we’ve stayed in thus far.
Luckily, Jenny didn’t capture me falling on my face after this jump 🙂
Lia hates shoes. We can’t figure out why.
I think someone is tired and doesn’t want to be Loved on.
My kids are ridiculous. I know I’m biased, but I had to say it.