Road Trip

The Road Goes On Forever... by Dennis Bernhard

Route 66

Route 66

This stretch of Route 66 in California is flat and fast. The newly paved and painted road not only makes for nice photos, its makes for a flying sensation as you speed across the desert. 

A pass on the Oatman Highway

A pass on the Oatman Highway

Oatman Highway is rocky and rough. The curves are fun to drive, with just a touch of fear from the sheer cliffs. Off to the side are these rocky outcrops. 

Curvy fun

Curvy fun

This is a short but extremely fun portion of Route 66. I love the combination of the road going downhill, curving, then disappearing around the bend. 

Rocky Distance

Rocky Distance

This is my favorite photo from the entire trip. The road provides an interesting foreground. The rocky outcrop in the middle leads to the mountain range and the clouds in the background. 

- Dennis

Back That Ass Up - Route 66 Road Trip Day 8 by Dennis Bernhard

This was an interesting last day of the trip. I had a stand off with a donkey, played in the desert, got to drive my favorite road of the entire trip and ultimately make it all the way to the Pacific Ocean after sitting through a lot of frustrating traffic. 

- Dennis

Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona by Dennis Bernhard

This was a fun day in Arizona. All of the photos below were taken on the same incredible day. 

Panorama of The Painted Desert 

Panorama of The Painted Desert 

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is vast, so colorful and so outer worldly, I almost didn't know how to capture it. I felt the panorama did a good job of capturing how vast it is. The next two photos do a great job of showing the colors and varied the landscape is. 

Petrified Forrest National Park

Petrified Forrest National Park

A little down the road from the Painted Desert is a Martian landscape. Rock formations, dry cracked clay surface and shrubs seem to go on forever. 

Arizona range

Arizona range

This range ran along side Route 66 for miles. I loved how the setting sun light up the range and the clouds as they ran by. 

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona

I'm not a huge Eagles fan, but it was very cool to stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and see all of the tributes to the song by The Eagles. 

Driving Through Mars - Route 66 Road Trip Day 7 by Dennis Bernhard

Today was full of incredible landscapes that I had never seen before. Petrified Forrest National Park was like driving onto Mars. Every turn revealed colors, rock formations, vistas and just plain awe inspiring beauty that is a world unto itself. 

- Dennis

A Bend In The Road by Dennis Bernhard

A New Mexico road bending and winding up a hill. 

A New Mexico road bending and winding up a hill. 

Once again, the hills got me. I loved how the road disappears around the bend to the left and then reappears on the other side of the frame to disappear once again up a hill and around another bend. 

And again, it was astounding how long I could stand in the road without having to worry about a car. I'll never get used to that. 

- Dennis

The Breaking Bad House - Route 66 Road Trip Day 6 by Dennis Bernhard

If I could have one day over on the trip it would be this one. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but I definitely would have spent the afternoon and night in Santa Fe. Grabbing lunch outside and driving through Santa Fe was really cool, but I would have loved to explore the city some more. 

Beyond Santa Fe, seeing the Breaking Bad house was really cool. I wish I didn't chicken out and just grab this photo but the owners sitting in the front yard really threw me off. 

- Dennis

Almost Crashed My Drone - Route 66 Road Trip Day 5 by Dennis Bernhard

This was a full day on Route 66. I got visit The Big Texan, Cadillac Ranch, drive a dirt road, play with and almost crash my drone, drive into New Mexico and end the day with an awesome sunset time lapse.  

- Dennis

New Mexico Sunset Timelapse by Dennis Bernhard

This was a fun day. The weather broke enough to allow me to focus on some isolated storms and this awesome sunset behind the mountains in the distance. 

My favorite part though is the cows grazing in the prairie. They look so tiny and are moving so fast. 

- Dennis

Southbound 35 - Route 66 Road Trip Day 4 by Dennis Bernhard

This was an interesting day with a wide range of emotions. I got to visit a fun store full of a million different kinds of soda, drive on a road while singing a song named after it and visit the incredibly moving Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.  

- Dennis

Walked In A Whale - Route 66 Road Trip Day 3 by Dennis Bernhard

This was a fun day of the trip because I got to see a lot of the old school Route 66 tourist attractions like random road side stores, the field from Field of Dreams and a bunch of small towns. The Big Blue Whale was my favorite of the day.

I've seen this attraction on countless Travel Channel shows over the years. It was surreal to actually walk in the whale. I can't imagine what it was like back in the day when you could actually slide down the slides and jump off the tail. 

Have you been to any of these attractions? Which was your favorite?

- Dennis