Saturday, September 1, 2012

Route 66; the end of the trail

 
SATURDAY SNAPSHOT
For this week's Saturday Snapshot I'm posing right where Route 66 officially ends on the Santa Monica Pier. Historic Route 66 has been the backdrop for dozens of scenes in books and movies.
including the classic Grapes of Wrath. Mark shot that picture of me while we were waiting for a table at Bubba Gumps. We didn't mean to go to Bubba Gumps, we wanted to eat at the restaurant that used to be there. The Boathouse. It used to be the kind of place where you could get a burger or fish and chips and a nice cold beer. But it seems to have changed in tone over the years and the city of Santa Monica decided that beer drinking and loud music weren't quite in keeping with the kind of mega-tourist trade the beachside town wants to encourage. Bubbas is.

30 comments:

  1. I've seen a few parts of Route 66, but never paid too much attention to the sites. I have been to the Santa Monica Pier though, it's such a fun place :) Thanks for sharing, Book Savvy Babe

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    1. I've lived in the area for years and years and never saw the sign before.

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  2. I was there as a teenager and remember having some of the most delicious seafood sandwiches ever!

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    1. Yum - there are still a couple of smaller, independent fish cafes on the pier too.

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  3. My husband dreams of going on Route 66!

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    1. I'm with him ... a lot of interesting sites in the middle of the country I haven't seen.

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  4. Route 66! My husband and traveled part of it this summer--picked it up in Illinois just east of St. Louis and rode it out to Stroud, OK. Someday we'd like to make it to the end. Thanks for sharing this picture!


    Here's my Snapshot.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Bev. I'd like to check out that part of Route 66 too.

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  5. I've always wanted to hitch a vintage camper to the back of a truck and ride the length of Rt 66 ... it's such a dream, but wouldn't it be a ball ???

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    1. That sounds like heaven! I'm looking forward to the movie version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road ... pretty sure they will be hitting route 66 in the film.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Route 66...so romantic. I think I'll take a road trip!

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  7. That is fantastic to see pictures from such an iconic route... and there's a great song about it!

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    1. Yeah, it's cool to 'get your kicks on route 66'

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  8. I love Santa Monica...and Route 66. I have a Route 66 sign from my trip to Winslow, AZ.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I think the pier has upped their route 66 attractiveness. They now have route 66 memorabilia for sale which they never had when I was a pier regular.

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  9. I didn't realize that Santa Monica Pier was the end of Rt 66. I visited the pier when I was a teenager and rollerbladed on the beach sidewalk - so much fun!

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    1. i remember when everyone rollerbladed along the beach sidewalk. Boomboxed music blaring. People would skate down to Venice. There used to be a guy on rollerblades who sang and played guitar ala Jimi Hendrix. I'm not sure if he's still there or not.

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  10. Look at that sky. It's so blue it hurts. Great photo.Here's Mine

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  11. Luv the photo....the pier looks busy and fun♫♪

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  12. I've never been there, but thinking the photos make the place look interesting.

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  13. Shoot, I live in California for a while and never even thought to go to the Santa Monica Pier! Great photo!

    I live in Florida now and plan on going to Key West so I can stand at the southernmost point in the U.S.

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    1. Going to Key West is on my bucket list. Now THAT is a gorgeous place.

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  14. I live near the beginning of Rt 66 but never saw the end of it, even though I have been to Santa Monica. That's too bad about The Boathouse being gone. Those are exactly the kind of places I prefer.

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    1. Corporate America from our bookstores to our restaurants.

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  15. It certainly looks a picture perfect day.

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    1. It was pretty nice. And I highly recommend the bumper cars!

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