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Lake Cowichan view from our dock.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona

Ray finally made it! He's wanted to see this "place" from the Eagles song, Take It Easy for years.

Well, I'm a standing 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 
Come on, baby, don't say maybe 
I gotta know if your sweet love is 
gonna save me 
We may lose and we may win though 
we will never be here again 
so open up, I'm climbin' in, 
so take it easy

Here are the pictures to prove it!

There he is in all his glory!!! Happy as a pig in S..t with the flatbed ford but no girl! The girl (me) is taking his picture. Lol

I'd previously googled a good place for lunch in Winslow and happened upon a write-up on The Turquoise Room & Martini Lounge at La Posada Hotel. The coolest thing is this hotel was one of the last of The Santa Fe's great railway hotels. After being closed for 40 years, La Posada went under renovation and the Turquoise Room Restaurant was opened by Chef John Sharpe and his wife in October 2000. The restaurant was named after the private dining car on the 1936 Super Chief that ran between Los Angeles and Chicago.

As you can see they were not very busy ... hopefully because it was mid week.

La Posasda was designed for Santa Fe and The Fred Harvey Company. La Posada is sixty-five thousand square feet of solid concrete and steel built on 6 acres of landscaped grounds in the late 20's. It was the embarkation point for those wishing to see what was then called "the indian lands". The Fred Harvey Company kept a fleet of luxury motorcars in a garage across the street from the hotel to transport guests to the reservations or parks. El Gran Garage is still standing. 

Here are some pictures of inside the common rooms of the hotel.

 Now that is a chandelier.

This chandelier is located in the gift shop where you can buy all sorts of jewelry and native american crafts. They have also brought back the china pattern that was designed for the Sante Fe Railway back in the 20's for purchase.

 One of the murals in the hotel.

Stairway up to the hotel rooms.

 There are several courtyard gardens to sit and ponder your holiday.

 See me sitting in the egg chair on the porch? This is where you would wait for the train.

Old luggage cart.

Petrified log fountain. This area in the spring would be beautiful and green.

This hotel still is an Amtrak stop for passengers today. The Fred Harvey Company also owned the train station in Barstow California. 

An old Santa Fe Observation Car 

Chef John Sharpe's menus feature retro dishes from the days when the Fred Harvey Company served rail travelers across America. Ray was more adventurous and had the lamb stew called Churro Lamb
Posolé and I their box car burger with special sauce ... yummm. We also enjoyed some local beer from Flagstaff.

We had a fantastic lunch and then strolled through the hotel. A beautiful place. A very unexpected find. Back to the coach for the rest of the afternoon. Another lovely day. We've set up camp at the Homolovi State Park, a short distance from Winslow. 50 amp power and water for $25/night. Sani-dump is included. Arizona is sure more expensive than the $14/night fee at state parks in New Mexico.

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