The human geography of the American Southwest interests me equally as much as the region’s natural features, but unfortunately our modern interstate system often tends to bypass both in the interest of efficiency. In order to properly experience the land and understand the people who (used to) inhabit it while traversing the Southwest, I think it’s crucial to occasionally exit the freeway and follow historic trails like Route 66 and the ancient Mojave Road.
Last weekend I did just that, and as I explored a relatively unfamiliar stretch of Route 66 a Googie masterpiece by the name of Roy’s called to my truck and I like a Siren’s song - just as the structures were originally intended to do. It’s no secret that Roy’s has been out there in the middle of nowhere since 1938, but the place had fallen into pretty serious disrepair over the years and knowing this I wasn’t planning to spend much time there.
As I approached the facility, however, I was stunned by the vibrant colors on the sign and couldn’t resist pulling over to snap several photos. Apparently the entire complex is in the process of being repaired, and the iconic sign has not only been repainted but also fit with restored neon tubes!
The sign will soon glow again, and when it does you can bet I’ll be back out there with my cameras and a bunch of slide film! In the meantime, I think I will begin sharing more of the human elements in nature that interest me rather than strictly posting photos of natural features. Hopefully you will find them as interesting as I do.
Canon AE-1 Program
Canon FD 70-210mm f/4
Kodak Color Plus 200
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