Sue & Gail on Route 66
We purchased touristy Route 66 do-rags...and then went across the street where they were $5 cheaper. On to Wal-Mart today.
Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.
Yes, Priscilla, there is serendipity...
We were either exploring, sleeping or did not have wireless access for the past 48 hours so there were no postings so before we head out today, we thought we would catch everyone up with what we are doing and where we are.
On Sunday morning we thought we would take a day trip to the Petrified Forest, north east from Sedona. There had been almost torrential rains in Sedona on Saturday evening and Sunday was sunny and bright so all the tourists were out in full force. As we left the Kings Ransom hotel in Sedona, we headed north. We snaked our way thru Sedona and headed north on Hwy 89, which runs on the west side of the main interstatew Hwy 17. Unbelievable....we climbed and dipped and curved and banked our way up the Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff. We decided to just fly by the seat of our pants so Tom stayed in the glove compartment. Sue was "allowing" Gail to choose the route and navigate but when we missed the first turn off to Hwy 40, the east-west interstate because the sign said Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sue did take a peak of the map. Sue knows where all the Canadian provinces are is not sure where all the states are situated but New Mexico lies on the eastern side of Arizona. So we headed east on Hwy 40. This approximates where Route 66 passes thru Arizona on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Since hearing about the 27 different aboriginal nations in Arizona, Gail developed an infinity for the Hopi Nation, which a tour guide tells us numbers about 6000-7000 people now. The Hopi Nation lies enclosed in the Navajo Nation, north of Hwy 40. We wanted to get to this land so bypassed Winslow and Holbrook and headed north just past Holbrook to the Hubell Trading Post (enough info for a whole separate blog.) We toured the trading post then headed west into Hopi land. We stopped at a small grocery/convenience store to see if we could find some genuine Hopi souvenirs but they didn't have anything available. It was about 6 pm and we had packed an extra pair of sock and underwear so thought we would spend the night in Winslow and do the Petrified Forest the next day. As we were getting back into the car, we stopped to talk to a lady who was Hopi and she told us about a concert at the Hopi High School with the Up With People group. Make sure you take a look to see what this group is all about. We believe that this was the beginning of serendipity.
It was late and dark by the time we got out of the concert and headed south to Winslow. We had not made any reservation so drove by the Super 8 first. The very debilitated sign and the trucks gave us a feeling that we didn't want to stay there. We did find another type of inn/hotel and Gail went in to see if they had a room. She came back to the car and said the room only cost $57, which included a hot breakfast, and maybe we wanted to take a look first. In our parts, Michigan and Ontario, you don't get much for $57...but this place did meet our needs...the bedding and bathroom was clean. Safety was questionable so we locked and bolted everything we could and we were so tired we fell into bed.
On Monday, Memorial Day, we visited Winslow Arizona. Winslow was immortalized by the song "Take It Easy" written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and performed by the Eagles. The song tells the tale of a disconsolate singer with woman troubles and includes the lines:
Well, I'm a standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford,
slowin' down to take a look at me
The town had suffered a loss of commerce when U.S. Route 66 was supplanted by Interstate 40, but the popularity of the song led to renewed attention for Winslow and a commercial renaissance.
After getting the requisite pics on the corner, we did look at the souvenir shops. We hadn't had breakfast yet and a lady in one of the shops directed us to the La Posada hotel, We had a wonderful lunch here and seredipitity took over again. We decided to come back here to spend the night after seeing the Petrified Forest. So we reserved a room and had a wonderful dinner, a good sleep in a room where the windows really open and now are headed back to Hopi Nation, Tuba City then back to Flagstaff and Sedona.
We took in the Petrified Forest and Painted Forest yesterday. Amazing. We will download pictures later today.
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