As someone that is very much involved in old roads,with Route 66 at the top of the list. I hear about or from other folks that are passionate about their road too. As a writer and a book reviewer this gives me the opportunity to also read any new books pertaining to many subjects but old roads once again coming out on top.
Just such a person, Ann Torrence, came into my life a few weeks ago. Her passion is Highway 89, the road that has the distinction of being called "The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks." You guessed it she has written a book titled U.S. Highway 89.
It runs from Nogales, AZ, in the south to Piegan, MT, in the north, passing not only the seven National Parks: Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier.
Other sites along the route are:
Tumacacori National Historic Park;
Walnut Creek, Sunset Crater Volcano, Wupatki and Grand Staircase-Escalanente — all National Monuments;
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area;
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial National Parkway.
It's obvious you will never run out of interesting places to visit on Highway 89.
The book is filled with her memories of trips, that become an adventure to her, as well as photographs that will make your mouth water. Her descriptions of the places, events and people she met while on these trips are entertaining and enjoyable reading. You feel as if you were there with her as she shares what she experiences as a good story teller should.
After reading the book and enjoying the many photos, I now have to add Highway 89 to my "bucket list." You know that list of things we want to do, see and enjoy before kicking the bucket.
But you might want to also know that Highway 89 and Route 66 shared the same roadbed for 50 miles on the old section between Flagstaff and Ashfork, AZ
Just as my good friend and partner Michael Wallis's book, The Mother Road, did for Route 66, I feel Ann's book is just the start for old #89.
Well worth adding to your collection after you dog-ear it while touring Highway 89.
You can get your copy at www.sagebruch-press.com.