The weather had been less than optimal for the past few days so we decided it was time for a short road trip to explore some Route 66 spots. We had already driven to San Bernadino for some shopping at Camping world so we decided to drive another 45 minutes north to Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch. We did some reading and discovered there were a few sites along this section of route 66 that we wanted to check out. Our first stop was at the Route 66 museum in Victorville. Unfortunately the museum was not open when we arrived but we got some good pictures of the full wall mural on the side of the building.
The next stop was a local diner named Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe. It has been serving meals since 1947. We had Gizmo with us and there was no outdoor dining so we were not able to sample their menu. The place was full with a waiting line when we were there, so I’m guessing they have good food. This cafe has been in movies, like Kill Bill 2 and music videos. The diner has been featured in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
We debated if we wanted to make the next stop, an ostrich farm. This ended up being the highlight for us. John, Gizmo and I could have watched these funny looking birds all day.
The final stop of the day was at Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch. The ranch is created out of “metal trees” with glass bottles on the “branches”. The overcast skies cleared a bit when we arrived and we were treated to sporadic rays of sun shining through the over 200 glass trees. There was a light wind that created a whirring sound in the bottles and moved the multiple wind chimes and small windmills. We took about 15 minutes to walk through the area and take in all the colors. If you go with a dog be cautious as there is some broken glass on the ground.
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