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My Kicks on State-68: Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, NM

I’ve always been mesmerized by highway signs and fascinated by the history of big highways. There’s also big nostalgia, because Dad loved highway driving and road trips. He was the sole driver on the Trans-Canada highway between Vancouver and Calgary or on US Interstate-5 to Bellingham and Seattle. How obvious is it then, that a deep yearning for open roads comes directly from my father.

The following is a part of day 8 (of 17) in our drive through the American Southwest.

We set out on a day trip from Santa Fe to Taos and Taos Pueblo, with a scenic drive on New Mexico highway NM-68, the “low road” or “river road” along the Rio Grande river between Española and Taos. With low light in the morning hour, we didn’t see it when we drove north to Taos. But on our mid-afternoon return on the low road, we found the Classical Gas Museum in the small town of Embudo. We pulled into an open sandy rocky patch, marvelling at the collection in front of rusting gas pumps and a wooden building resembling a historic gas station.

The Classical Car Museum is owned and run by Johnnie Meier who is a retired scientist and former employee at the nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. His interest and collection grew to the point where he needed more space. Reading about the museum is one thing, but it’s no match for seeing in person his extensive collection of memorabilia, including whole and partial gas pumps, highway signage, oil cans, gas company signage, license plates, a model gas station, a working vintage Coca-Cola cooler, a classic car or two, an entire “pre-fab” diner building, and a mascot for a once thriving restaurant-chain. From within the building, it’s the glow which provides further fuel for interest, and once inside, the neon and warm illumination of symbols and signs combine for the inevitable “wow!” Altogether, it’s a broad mix of elements from mid 20th-century American history which is all about highway-driving and open-road nostalgia. There’s a saying about how someone’s junk is somebody else’s treasure, but the entire collection deserves careful cataloguing and a larger permanent building. A new museum would be fitting somewhere along the old US-66 highway. Santa Rosa, NM is a leading candidate, but other cities in the state are also possible.

For now, the museum is located next to highway NM-68 in Embudo; the coordinates are 36.209102 degrees North, 105.951658 degrees West. The museum sits on 0.81 hectare (2 acres) of Meier’s land, and the museum building is 93 square metres (1000 square feet) in size. There is no admission charge, though donations are most welcome, especially for the local animal shelter. You might want to call ahead (505-852-2995) to see if Meier is around in case the building is closed.

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Rotary Grocery, neon sign, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Grocers Neon (Seattle Pike Place)

In Seattle, Washington, the Pike Place Market is one of the most visited and photographed locations. If you’re looking, there is an abundant variety of themes, objects, and people to observe, and frankly, you should never run out of things to photograph. One of my favourites is neon signs. With a wide aperture and the background deliberately out of focus, I’ve managed to snag multiple neon in this frame.

I made the picture above on 5 January 2015 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/4, ISO2000, and 73mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-byB.

Olympic cauldron, Jack Poole Plaza, 2010 Winter Olympics, downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver city at night

The photos below show some familiar landmarks and favourite places in Vancouver at night.


Sculpture by Gathie Falk, installed 1991 at Canada Place, The Lions, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Salute to the Lions of Vancouver”, by Gathie Falk, 1991 : Canada Place

Canada Place, The Lions, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Salute to the Lions of Vancouver”, by Gathie Falk, 1991 : Canada Place

SeaBus, Port of Metro Vancouver Centerm, Vancouver, BC, Canada

SeaBus, CenTerm Port of Metro Vancouver

Downtown, dusk, Harbour Centre, Granville St., Vancouver, BC, Canada

Downtown at dusk, 1 of 2

Downtown, dusk, SeaBus, Waterfront Station, Woodwards sign, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Downtown at dusk, 2 of 2

Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Illumination from the Convention Centre

Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour, Burrard Inlet, Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lights from Lions Gate Bridge, Cypress Mountain

Vancouver Convention Centre, Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver Convention Centre

The Drop, Inges Idee, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“The Drop”, by Inges Idee (2009) : Vancouver Convention Centre

Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sails at Canada Place

Olympic cauldron, Jack Poole Plaza, 2010 Winter Olympics, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Silent Olympic cauldron reaches out to Grouse Mountain

West End, downtown, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lights near and far, glass and hill

Granville Island Public Market, Granville Island, False Creek, Granville Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Granville Island Public Market

Burrard Bridge, Granville Bridge, False Creek, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Burrard Bridge, from Granville Bridge

North (city) pylon, Burrard Bridge, False Creek, Vancouver, BC, Canada

North (city) pylon, Burrard Bridge

North (city) pylon south to central truss, east side of Burrard Bridge, False Creek, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Looking through, Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge, False Creek, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lines are drawn, Burrard Bridge

fog, First Beach, English Bay, ayyulshun, Salish Sea, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Foggy’s dark lines at First Beach

West End, Denman, Davie, First Beach, English Bay, ayyulshun, Salish Sea, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“Sands and Milestones”, Denman at Davie

Vancouver Public Library, Central, downtown, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Central’s lights, Vancouver Public Library

downtown, West Georgia, Hamilton, CBC, SRC, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC, Canada

West Georgia at Hamilton

BC Place Stadium, downtown, Georgia Viaduct, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Where am I?

downtown, Granville St., West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC, Canada

“The Great White Way”: north on Granville to West Georgia

downtown, Granville St., Robson St., Orpheum, Vogue, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“The Great White Way”: south on Granville, from Robson


•   Vancouver by day (2012).

I made these photos in January and February 2012. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-1Bp.

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