Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stop by McJerry's Route 66 Gallery in Chandler, Oklahoma

Jerry McClanahan, author and artist.
Anything that combines seeing America, RVing and art, I love, love, love.

That's what 'EZ66 Guide for Travelers' by Jerry McClanahan offers. This post is part RV Short Stop and part book report.

First the book information:

"Although over 80% of original Route 66 is still easily drivable, it is not on ordinary maps and signage is spotty," states the book blurb on Amazon.

"The 'EZ66 Guide For Travelers' is the answer to finding the Route. The 4th Edition has many pages updated. This is the ultimate guide for finding and exploring the Route whether you're driving from the WEST or the EAST. Its maps and directions are comprehensive yet easy to follow. "

Many of the pages of this travelers' guide are illustrated with original artwork of "The Main Street of America" by artist and author Jerry McClanahan.

Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE For Travelers - 4th Edition
Spiral-bound, paper back, 216 pages
Publisher: National Historic Route 66 Federation
Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

One 5-star reviewer on Amazon wrote: "With its simple (as the Road would let it be :) ) turn by turn directions, recommended side trips, and impromptu history lessons, we were able to travel the Mother Road at our pace, in our time, to meet our desired level of adventure simply and with a minimum of fuss. Having THIS book in the car let us make this trip OUR way, without being beholden to some preset, artificial schedule. This book made the road ours to explore, and explore we did! This trip would not have been NEARLY as fun without this book right there to guide us. We loved having it available, and you will, too," mikemojc

Paintings, prints and signs line the walls of McJerry's Route 66 Gallery.
Now for information on finding the McJerry's Route 66 Gallery that McClanahan opened in 2008:

On his Website,, Jerry writes that he welcomes visitors to his gallery just off Route 66 in Chandler, Okla.

"Now that spring is upon us, I will start sticking my little OPEN sign in the yard more regularly. But if you drop by, and the gallery looks deserted, give me a call anyway," Jerry says.

"I don't keep regular business hours, so I can be free to travel or do errands. But that also means I can open up any time I am in town. Including weekends if you happen to catch me. But not at 3 am please!," he pleads.

McJerry's Route 66 Gallery:
306 Manvel (Hwy 18)
Chandler OK 74834

- Julianne G. Crane
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Arizona's Kartchner Caverns' Star Party

Kartchner Caverns State Park near Benson, Arizona, is one amazing adventure -- below and above ground.

For solar viewing during the day and "celestial amazement after sunset" don't miss "Kartchner Star Party" on Saturday, April 7 and Oct. 13, 2018 between 2 -9 p.m.

Look at the magnificent skies through professional telescopes provided by the Huachuca Astronomy Club who will answer questions and discuss the elements of the Arizona sky.

Be sure to bring a folding chair, red light, sweater or jacket, and "enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies."

There will be a special presentation by Dr. Grant Williams of the MMT (Multiple Mirror Telescope) Observatory in the indoor movie theater April 7 at 5:30 p.m.

While in the Discovery Center take a look at the museum exhibits, regional and educational displays.

Saturday, April 7 and Oct. 13, 2-9 p.m. Presentation: 5:30 p.m.
Also  enjoy Earth Day at Kartchner Caverns on Sat., April 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you go:

Kartchner Caverns State Park
on AZ-90, 9 miles south of I-10
Benson, Ariz.
Cost: $7/vehicle.
Latitude: N 31 50.134
Longitude: W 110 20.621

While you're there:

If you want to make a day of it, arrive early and take in one of the two fascinating 1½ hour cave tours. 

The Big Room is open only half the year, from mid-Oct. to mid-April, because a resident bat population calls it home the other six months of the year.
Cost: $23/adults; $13/ youth 7-13; Under 7 years: Not Available.

The Rotunda/Throne Tour - On this tour, visitors will discover the role that water plays in creating the cavern and see the discoverers' original trail.
Cost: $23/adults; $13/ youth 7-13; Under 7 years:$5

For tour tickets, reserve online or call (877) MY-PARKS. You can call seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.  Click here for complete Cave Tour Information Page

The Discovery Center is open Dec. 19-May 31 from 8 a.m.-6 pm.; and June 1-Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns State Park (Click here) RV and tent camping Fees: $30-$35. (All sites have electricity and water hookups).

For more information on the Kartchner Caverns read Tina and Russ DeMaris' RV Short Stops article on "Arizona's Kartchner Caverns a Great Summer Cool Spot."

-- Julianne G. Crane
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Photo: Source: Kartchner Caverns State Park.