Twin Arrows Arizona will always hold a special in my heart. It was actually the first location I ever photographed on Route 66 back in 2004.
Post 2004, I was realizing a dream of traveling the mother road that started way back in 1989 because of the Depeche Mode cover of Bobby Troup’s tribute to the Mother Road. I would sit back and listen, imagining traveling the old highway. As my mind’s eye set off dwelling on the few images that I has seen of 66, creating from the elements of architecture and design of places I had seen in my childhood in my home town. I was amazed as kid by googie style architecture, neon signs and traveling lights. The idea of the open vintage road seemed to be the last great American frontier to me. Freedom! Not knowing what or who was around the next corner. Something different in every town, a new experience and a different landscape. With that first stop over at Twin Arrows to photograph the old weathered arrows that stood there as an example of time that had passed but still stood to shed light into those days of yesteryear.
Fast forward 8 Route 66 trips later. Twin Arrows was our first planned stop over from Phoenix to Flagstaff to Adrian then back west all the way to Santa Monica. This visit was the first time I laid eyes on the restored arrows. It was an awesome experience to be there again. Yvona was actually visiting her first Route 66 location, which had not been planned for the trip but just worked out that way. Now she is hooked too! Not a day goes by in my life that I don’t think about Route 66, I’m always longing for my “Mother Road”