17 Sep Bottle Tree Ranch, Route 66 California
The Bottle Tree Ranch is a fascinating roadside attraction three miles west of Helendale on California Route 66. The proprietor/artist, Elmer Long is an eccentric old hippie who has spent 30 years on this piece of property, raised his family here and created close to two acres of amazing bottle tree folk art with objects he’s found on the road! He has a special affinity for The Ride for The Relay and saves much of the money that people donate to him, and gives it to Rodger Fox (the leader of the group) as a donation to The American Cancer Society. When our group rolled through in September of 2014, he created a touching ceremony where he handed over the money he had collected to Rodger and we all of course took lots of pictures and cheered! You’ve got to love this kind of devotion to a good cause and to making art from found objects!