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Elmer Long, the creator of the unique Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 wanders through his glass bottle tree forest. Elmer often comes out and talks with visitors. Sunlight pours through thousands of jewel-toned glass bottles: Royal blue, root-beer brown, emerald green. Enhancing the stained-glass window light is the deep-throated ringing of a large wind chime; echoed by the tinkling bells of smaller chimes.
The Duellmans are the owners and operators of the Museum. Get a load of that view! All photos by Karen Knapstein. They are the kind of people who have faith and believe in one another. Plus, they strive to bring a little joy into the lives of people of all ages.
If you ever plan to motor west along Route 66, I found a hidden gem for you to check out. We were heading toward California from Utah, so we cut off of I in Barstow. After stopping to grab a selfie of me on Route 66, we turned on the Cars movie soundtrack and drove the 25 miles to the stop. Even going the speed limit, my eight-year-old enjoyed the ups and downs of the road. It prepared him for the roller coasters at LegoLand and SeaWorld — which were our final destination.