I recently had the privilege to take a road trip down old Route 66 from LA to Las Vegas with my Hubby. There were so many cool sights to see. From mid-century gas stations to antique markets, it was truly exciting. One of my favorite stops was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, CA. It was a smoldering 100 something degrees out and way too dry for this FL girl. I felt like the inside of my nose was coated in finely ground sand. This dry heat kept us from spending too much time there, but as soon as we stepped through the gates, we were bombarded with sunshine peering through thousands and thousands of gorgeous colorful pieces of glass. The historic trinkets and treasures were meticulously placed all around the property and strung with beautiful glass bottles and shards. My husband thought it was creepy and made a wrong turn reference. I thought it was stunning.
The man that has been living on the property for 32 years can sometimes be seen working on his passion. I have read that he started building these glass trees in 1953. I don’t know much about Elmer himself and unfortunately didn’t get to meet him, but this man has spent years creating a random outdoor glass museum that I could look at all day. Such beauty and creativity. Creativity.
Everyone sees things differently. A lot of people state they aren’t creative or maybe don’t care to be, but in reality, we are all creating something every day. It may not look exactly how we hoped it would, it may be a little broke, but in the end, it’s all beautiful. Try something new, make a last minute decision, and decide to make creative moves.
This random trip through the dust of California inspired me.