2015 Westward Ho travel blog

Hackberry General Store


Route 66

Last Stop

Pick Up Artist


Mother and Baby

What a face

View of Kingman from I-40

Our trip today took us to Alpacas of the Southwest ranch. The ranch is ran by Ron and Anna Nyberg who got into the Alpaca business in 2003. At present time they have 31 Alpacas on the ranch. The ranch is located out in the desert with nothing around for miles. The entire place is fenced in with electric top wires of the fence to keep predators from jumping the fence after the Alpacas. They also have two types of livestock guard dogs to also protect the Alpacas, the Maremma and Great Pyrenees breed of dogs. These dogs are used worldwide for the protection of sheep mainly but are used for other types of livestock. Ron was very open explaining about the Alpaca and the process of clipping and getting the end product. He does not have a retailer that he sells thru, his idea is to cut out the middle man and does his own retail sales. He was very open explaining the care and maintenance of raising Alpacas. This was a very informative stop.

Our next little trip took us to the original Route 66 which goes thru Kingman. Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Highway or the Mother Road was established in 1926. It originally rand from Chicago to Santa Monica, California for a total on 2,448 miles. It was made famous by the TV show in the 1960’s “Route 66”. There are only sections of the old road still remaining and one of those sections is between Kingman and Seligman Arizona where the Hackberry General Store is located. The store is a reminder of yesteryear past with the memorabilia that is on display and for sale. The old cars sitting around appear this was as far as they could make it and here they ended their career, along Route 66. It was well worth the drive to stop and see this place, plus the drive down Route 66 was barren. I can’t take my wife anywhere without here trying to pick up guys on motorcycles. These two guys were from England doing a 1 week tour on rented motorcycles’, sounds like fun.

Look close at the McDonalds sign.

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