Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, California

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The trip on Route 66 was full of interesting spots and people, but one of the strangest one was without doubt Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch. It is literally a forest of bottle trees (large metal pipes with bottles hanging from them), located along the Mother Road, Route 66, right in the heart of the California desert.  This was created by Elmer Long over the years and it is now one of the major attraction of this area.  We didn’t get to meet Elmer (who was sick when we visited) but talked to his wife.

The ranch is very unique and artsy, and well worth the detour.  It’s fun to walk around these trees and discover all the details lying around.  It really is a wonderful, artistic, peaceful, almost spiritual, place.


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