Route 66 and Social Media
By Marcia Gascho
I love Facebook! In the past few years my husband and I have discovered how easy it is to share photos with many of our friends. Because we take several Route 66 trips a year, we started a Facebook page just to post our vacation photos. The page is called “Route 66 Journeys with Bruce and Marcia.” We have 80 members, some are “famous” and some are international. Often when I see my Facebook friends in person, they comment on how much they enjoy looking at our Route 66 adventures.
At Bob’s art studio in Amarillo after our personal tour
We have found that Facebook is a great way to connect with other Route 66 travelers. Some of our Facebook friends have invited us to stop by and see them as we pass through their towns. We were able to meet up with Bob ‘Crocodile’ Lile in Amarillo on our recent spring trip. He owns an art studio on Route 66. We enjoyed his tour of Amarillo in his vintage Mustang convertible. Also we have become friends of various businesses and/or their owners like Rich from the Ra66it Ranch, Melba at Cars on the Route, Kevin and Nancy at the Blue Swallow Motel, etc. The number of Facebook groups dedicated to Route 66 seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Many towns along the highway and state Route 66 associations have their own Facebook pages. Of the course we follow the Route 66 Association of Illinois’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/il66assoc. You can find out good information about upcoming events and we sometimes discover new places on Route 66 to visit for future trips.
Marcia with Melba Rigg at Cars on the Route, Galena Kansas
I also have a Pinterest account and share some Route 66 photos on my board. It’s always a good feeling when you find out someone has “repinned” some of your pictures or is following your board. There’s now a map feature on Pinterest so you can tag the location of the photos.
We’re looking forward to seeing your pictures of your next Route 66 trip on Facebook! We’ll be posting some more this summer.
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