Found Mervyns

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In the Arizona desert, near the Petrified Forest, sits this reminder of a store long defunct. I used to shop at Mervyn’s. I always wondered where Mervyns went.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

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Abandoned along Route 66

More abandoned buildings along Route 66. Doesn’t take too long for the sagebrush and tumbleweed to claim the grounds.If we had had more time I would have docked the Mothership and walked around and, perhaps, explored inside some of these buildings; next time :-).

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

The Chase

These images were taken from the cockpit going 60+ mph, so not the best quality. What I saw was dinosaurs chasing a vehicle along Route 66. We were driving on I-40, which you can see runs really close to the old 66. I believe this was near the Petrified Forest Park, which is northern Arizona, Apache and Navajo land.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in gray and wet

Seattle :-(.

Abandoned (Con’t.)

A few more abandoned buildings along Route 66. The places we vacate and the reasons for same say a lot about us as a culture. It’s not only a glimpse into the past, but also a peak into the future. Whole communities lay abandoned along Route 66; places where dreams of starting a business and all of the support logistics that go along with that effort become relics of a culture moving at a breakneck speed, without much thought of the human cost.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle.

Views along Route 66

Back from Brooklyn, so back to posting the Mothership adventures from August. some views from the cockpit as we moved through the Desert Southwest.

Just an unrelated aside: My flight from JFK was supposed to leave at 4:00pm EST. We boarded, taxied out on the tarmac and got in line for takeoff. As we waited our turn a fast moving storm cell moved in and the traffic controllers stopped all take-offs. We sat in the plane for over two hours as a second storm cell moved through. By this time the 757-200 did not have enough fuel to make the trip to Seattle so the airline ( which I shall not name) decided we had to give up our take off position and go back to the gate. We deplaned at a different gate and waited, thinking they would just add fuel and we would be on our way. NOOOO, instead we were given vague reasons for another three hours while the nearly 200 of us lingered, slept, did whatever. Finally, at 5 hours after our original departure time we reboarded and were told since we had left the take off line we were now being moved to the last position of flights waiting to take off. We were spot 27, so we taxied for nearly a half hour ( enough time to drive the plane to New Jersey!) and took our place, to wait our turn. Finally lifting off we had to go against the jet stream, which made the flight longer than usual. We pulled into Seattle at 1:00am local time, 4:00 am EST. There were a lot of exhausted passengers! To top it off, the Seahawks lost that afternoon :-(.