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Driving iconic Route 66 with Dad

By on July 23, 2018 in Travel with 0 Comments

Boyd Scroggins and his son, Devin, stop at an old Shell station. “Each state has preserved hundreds of original attractions, small and large museums plus cars, gas stations and other historical sights,” said Boyd.

























By Devin Scroggins

While spending New Year’s with my dad, Boyd, we were talking when he mentioned that he had always wanted to travel on Route 66 with my mom before she passed, but my mom was not interested.

I asked him when he would like to go and the incredulous look on his face was priceless.

We chose the end of May as we thought the weather wouldn’t be too hot or cold.

On May 23, I met Dad at SeaTac and we flew to Burbank, CA, where we rented a car and drove to the Santa Monica pier and started our adventure by signing the guest book at the Route 66 visitor’s center.

I knew we had over 2,400 miles to cover so we would have to drive up to 500 miles each day. My Dad was a great co-pilot. Every night we would go over the map and the Route 66 App we had on our phones and make a plan for the next day.

Route 66 runs from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Most of the places we stopped at were photo stops of Route 66 historic places. Throughout the eight days our goal was to travel as much of the old road as possible. We found that much of Route 66 was well marked and easy to stay on course.

One memorable moment of the trip was when we passed through Hamel, IL on Memorial Day. We were amazed that the streets of the small town were lined with American flags and several red brick houses had red white and blue bunting hanging from the porches. We also passed several shiny antique tractors heading toward the parade.

We were amazed at how many people were traveling Route 66. Some were going over the entire route like we were and others just certain parts. What surprised us also was that we met people from the Netherlands and Australia that were on holiday specifically to drive Route 66.

 Both Dad and I are talkers and enjoy asking people where they are from and what they are doing.

Towns and cities along Route 66 celebrate this historic highway.

While we were eating breakfast at our motel in Springfield, IL, we noticed a group of teenagers come in with T-shirts saying “The great doughnut adventure.”

We of course had to ask them about this. They said they were from Kansas City and had been on the road for a week visiting all the doughnut shops between Kansas City and Springfield.

The thought crossed our minds that whoever thought of doing that was a genius and why didn’t we think of that when we were teenagers.

The most memorable event was the half day we spent in Springfield, IL, where we toured President Lincoln’s tomb and museum.

My dad — Lincoln Boyd Scroggins — was named after the president as they share the same birthday. I was able to see dad take in the history of his namesake.

As we took in the exhibits, we talked about how so many people in America do not know of the struggle our country went through during the Civil War years.

Too soon after we left Springfield, we stood on the shore of Lake Michigan where our trip was to end.

Looking back I recall all of the places we saw and great people we met but the most cherished memories I have is all of the time spent together traveling the old road with my dad together.

Devin Scroggins moved to East Wenatchee in 1979 when his dad was transferred to Wenatchee with the General Telephone Company. He graduated from Eastmont High in 1982, married his high school best friend and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring after 26 years. He currently liveS in Battle Ground where he works for the city. 

Boyd Scroggins retired from General Telephone of Wenatchee then bought an apple orchard by the airport and sold that after 15 years. He then worked for Chelan County as a construction inspector.

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