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    Default Where Am I -- Volume III

    Let's do another scenic road! This one is yet another personal favorite, and there are literally hundreds of reasons why. This road goes by several different names and more than one number.

    It starts somewhere around here:



    There are views off the side of the road of a trackless wilderness:



    a roadside sign:



    I'm not quite sure what this is about:



    it's one of those roads that obligates you to pay attention:



    another roadside sign:



    this (off in the distance) is the end of the road:



    Here's a clue:



    Where am I?

    Name that Scenic Byway!

    Rick

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    Would that be the former US-666 (now US-491), the Trail of the Ancients? The road goes through all 4 Corners states.

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    Default Can You Trust the Magic Eight Ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Let's do another scenic road! This one is yet another personal favorite, and there are literally hundreds of reasons why. This road goes by several different names and more than one number.

    It starts somewhere around here:



    There are views off the side of the road of a trackless wilderness:



    a roadside sign:



    I'm not quite sure what this is about:



    it's one of those roads that obligates you to pay attention:



    another roadside sign:



    this (off in the distance) is the end of the road:



    Here's a clue:



    Where am I?

    Name that Scenic Byway!
    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Would that be the former US-666 (now US-491), the Trail of the Ancients? The road goes through all 4 Corners states.
    You're getting mighty warm, but you're still a couple of logs short of a bonfire.

    Here's another clue:



    Has the sign been modified? Let's ask the Magic 8 Ball: "You may rely on it!"

    Rick

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    Default Added the link to the 2009 version of this geo-puzzle game

    For those who haven't worked their way through the 2009 version of this game -- click here!

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Let's do another scenic road! This one is yet another personal favorite, and there are literally hundreds of reasons why. This road goes by several different names and more than one number.

    It starts somewhere around here:



    There are views off the side of the road of a trackless wilderness:



    a roadside sign:



    I'm not quite sure what this is about:



    it's one of those roads that obligates you to pay attention:



    another roadside sign:



    this (off in the distance) is the end of the road:



    Here's a clue:



    Where am I?

    Name that Scenic Byway!

    Rick

    The dead tree with arrows is what gave it away for me last night using Google but since I've never been I waited. ;)

    Coronado Trail (Rte 666) and that dead tree is south of Alpine, Arizona

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    The dead tree with arrows is what gave it away for me last night using Google but since I've never been I waited. ;)

    Coronado Trail (Rte 666) and that dead tree is south of Alpine, Arizona

    Utahtea
    Correct on all counts! Route 666 originated as an innocent spur off old Route 66, but that number, 666 has a sinister connotation, being the "number of the beast" as specified in the Book of Revelations. People took to calling it "The Devil's Highway," and some folks were nervous about driving on it.



    Other folks thought it was cool, so much so that they took to stealing these highway signs as souvenirs:



    Between the superstition and the persistent vandalism, the highway department was faced with a never-ending headache, so they simply changed the number of the road to US 191. The Coronado Trail Scenic Byway is that portion of US 191 that runs between Alpine and Morenci through the Blue River Wilderness and the rugged mountains of Eastern Arizona, right along the border with New Mexico. It's one of the twistiest and least traveled of all the U.S. Highways, reputed to have at least 460 switchbacks in 120 miles. Now that's my kind of road!

    I thought somebody might pick up on the road sign with the quote from Aldo Leopold and the word "Blue," which leads pretty directly to the Blue River Wilderness. And the other sign I put up, the one with all the "XXX's"? The River and the Campground were faked, but the XXX Ranch is a real place, a rather famous ranch on the Blue River. Either of those would have been easy to find in a search, but I never even stopped to think that the dad-burned arrow tree would be such a giveaway! With all-knowing, all-seeing Google spying on everything, there's no longer any such thing as a secret roadside attraction!

    This is the open pit copper mine at Morenci; the world's richest copper mine, in terms of ore production:



    Each of these ore haulers, rumbling up out of the pit in a steady stream, is about the size of a two story house!



    The Coronado Trail, along with Arizona's White Mountains and the Catwalk Recreation Area in New Mexico, are all part of Scenic Side Trip #3, which is a quite beautiful detour off I-10 between Lordsburg, New Mexico and Willcox, Arizona. If you're ever driving that stretch in the summer, and you'd like to cool off? Take an extra day, and check out the White Mountains and the Coronado Trail!

    Rick

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    Where am I?

    We have a fountain:



    There is a church:



    A really pretty house in the neighborhood:



    A messy "garage" next to another house in the neighborhood:



    Last of the pretty homes in this "neighborhood":




    Hint: This would be the most familiar "neighborhood" in all of the US. And nobody lives there!


    Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Correct on all counts! Route 666 originated as an innocent spur off old Route 66, but that number, 666 has a sinister connotation, being the "number of the beast" as specified in the Book of Revelations. People took to calling it "The Devil's Highway," and some folks were nervous about driving on it.



    Other folks thought it was cool, so much so that they took to stealing these highway signs as souvenirs:



    Between the superstition and the persistent vandalism, the highway department was faced with a never-ending headache, so they simply changed the number of the road to US 191. The Coronado Trail Scenic Byway is that portion of US 191 that runs between Alpine and Morenci through the Blue River Wilderness and the rugged mountains of Eastern Arizona, right along the border with New Mexico. It's one of the twistiest and least traveled of all the U.S. Highways, reputed to have at least 460 switchbacks in 120 miles. Now that's my kind of road!

    I thought somebody might pick up on the road sign with the quote from Aldo Leopold and the word "Blue," which leads pretty directly to the Blue River Wilderness. And the other sign I put up, the one with all the "XXX's"? The River and the Campground were faked, but the XXX Ranch is a real place, a rather famous ranch on the Blue River. Either of those would have been easy to find in a search, but I never even stopped to think that the dad-burned arrow tree would be such a giveaway! With all-knowing, all-seeing Google spying on everything, there's no longer any such thing as a secret roadside attraction!


    Rick
    LOL....I was ready to post on two different locations but both showed up so quickly with a search I didn't even bother! I might have to try cropping more so it's harder to do a search of them!

    They have also changed Hwy 666 in New Mexico & Colorado to Hwy 491 for the same "devil number reason" and I have to keep reminding my DH of the change because 666 is what sticks in our minds.

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaR57 View Post
    Where am I?

    We have a fountain:



    There is a church:



    A really pretty house in the neighborhood:



    A messy "garage" next to another house in the neighborhood:



    Last of the pretty homes in this "neighborhood":




    Hint: This would be the most familiar "neighborhood" in all of the US. And nobody lives there!


    Donna
    It was the fountain that caught my eye first and then other houses started to look familiar as places I've seen on TV! ;)

    I've never been...but thank you Google!

    You are at the Warner Brothers Ranch in Burbank, California

    Utahtea

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    A gold platter to UtahTea!

    Yes, the Warner Bros Ranch, not open to the public except by private tours. I was in luck one time and got in on one of those.

    First picture - most people recognize it as the fountain on FRIENDS.

    Second picture - this church has shown up on several shows, but Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie showed it periodically for one reason or another.

    Third picture - house used in several movies.

    Fourth picture - house used as Blondie & Dagwood's house in those old movies, as Tony Nelson's house in I Dream of Jeannie.

    Fifth picture - it was a familiar house from a more recent TV show that I never watched. Perhaps someone can identify it?

    A lot of people "lived" there, but no one really lived there. As a matter of fact, those homes are mostly false fronts. This is what was inside the "Bumstead/Nelson" house:




    Donna

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