May 15, 2017: Frog made out a towel on Carnival Legend cruise to Alaska. I loved the towel animals found daily in our cabin, but a Google search was distressing. A couple of 2019 stories report some cruise lines are discontinuing towel animals. It seems the stewards are too busy. But if you ask for towel animals, most stewards will create them. I left a larger tip
March 11, 2017: A full moon rises behind King Kong and a dinosaur at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner east of Barstow, California. The restaurant started as a roadside pie shop in 1954. Besides the 1950s menu, Peggy Sue's features an extensive collection of 50s memorabilia, gift shop, and dinosaur collection. A must stop while en-route to Las Vegas
April 22, 2017: During a rare weekend event, the Collings Foundation B-17 and Commemorative Air Force B-29 were both at the Camarillo, California airport. The CAF B-29 "FiFi" lands in the background. The Collings "Nine-O-Nine, "foreground, was destroyed in an October 2, 2019, crash in Windsor Lock, Connecticut. The aircraft were on separate nationwide tours that randomly overlapped at the Camarillo airport.
March 11, 2017: Elmer Long, creator of Bottle Tree Ranch on Old Route 66 south of Barstow, California. Long passed away on June 22, 2019, at the age of 72.
February 1981, photo illustration taken to an accompany newspaper story on tourists reading habits. Getting the seagull to pose was easy. After propping up the book with sand, I placed bread crumbs in front. Soon I had a seagull reading about Florida.
March 12, 2017: Amboy, California, on the old Route 66 in the Mojave Desert. The community thrived until 1973 when the new Interstate 40 by-passed the town. Today Amboy stands nearly empty, but a small, steady stream of tourists keeps Roy's open.
March 12, 2017: Remains of a sign for a bowling alley in Barstow, California. The bowling alley, located on Route 66, closed in 2016.
February 25, 2017: A Sherman tank redeploys at Fort MacArthur during the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 fundraiser. During the night of February 24-25, 1942, anti-aircraft guns around Los Angeles fired about 1300 rounds during a suspected Japanese air-attack. The attack was a false alarm. Each February, Fort MacArthur recreates the night with a 1940s dinner dance and fireworks show. This year's event is on February 22, 2020.
Feb. 19, 2017: A World War II-era C-46 Commando aircraft sits on display at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale. The outdoor air-museum sits next to Plant 42. About 25 aircraft are on display. The park is open Friday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
My thoughts on images past and present.