Earlier this year we took off for a road trip to visit with clients and friends and to explore the southwestern desert. Many of you might know this, but for those of you who don't, Route 66 actually starts right in downtown Chicago. It's always interesting when you're downtown with all the suits walking by and there are few random bikers or road trippers hanging out at the Route 66 sign getting ready for their epic journey all the way to it's end on the beach in Santa Monica, California. It's always been a bucket list of mine to travel the entire Route, or what's left of it, but until then I'll take what snippets I can get. Here are a few of my favorite images while zigzagging in and out of the California section of Route 66 and some surrounding areas. I gravitated toward black and white for many of the images and employed the use of an old school red filter to add a little “drama,”as my kid would say.