The good news is that today we found 12 geocaches. The bad news is we almost melted in the process. We never saw a thermometer, and you never know if you should trust what they say anyway, but it must have been 120. Of course the forecast was for 93 but we would swear it was a least 120. You know the old saying that it was hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk? Well while walking down the sidewalk we did hear a sizzling sound. It wasn’t eggs but we think our shoes were melting. How do people live in this heat?? They say you get used to it but it must take quite awhile. Oh, and it isn’t so bad because it is dry heat. Ya right, an oven is dry heat also but we wouldn’t want to live in one. The people here on I-40 in the northern part of Arizona are on the same latitude as the Grand Canyon. They say the weather is not bad at all, even with the snow in the winter, and they can’t figure out why people would live in the valley where it is so hot. The valley?? It looks pretty flat everywhere around here to us. But our tourist ignorance is satisfied when we learn that the area down south, in the Mesa and Phoenix vicinity, is called the valley.
In Winslow we met a young couple from England who requested we take their picture with the “Standing on a Corner” statue. When we said they seemed young to know about the Eagles and their “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona” song he said his auntie was crazy for the Eagles music and told him not to come back to England without a picture and a t-shirt for her. Not much going on in Winslow but they do have a Walmart. At least their Safeway has some competition. Here in Holbrook the Safeway is the only food store in town. We figured that out right away by the prices we saw when we were in there last night.
Once again we spent time in a very amazing place we never would have known about if not for geocaching. Three of the geocaches we found in Winslow were on the grounds of La Posada Hotel – placed with the owner’s consent. Construction was started in 1927 and was completed in 1929 at a cost of $2 million – about $40 million in today’s dollars . The Santa Fe Railroad played a major role in the decision to build a grand hotel in northern Arizona and the railroad runs along the back border of the grounds. La Posada means “the Resting Place” but we are still trying to figure out how restful it can be with all of those trains roaring by all the time. In its time it was the finest hotel on Route 66. All passenger trains from Los Angeles to Chicago stopped there. Everybody stayed there – Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Amelia Earhart, Dorothy Lamour, Albert Einstein and the Crown Prince of Japan to name just a few. It is a very impressive, large Spanish hacienda building with unusual and expensive decorations-many of which are for sale. We looked around in the gift shop and found a Navajo blanket table runner for a mere $138. When we peeked into the dining room the maitre de glared at us with his nose in the air. It closed in 1957 and in the 60’s it was gutted and made into offices. It was purchased in 1997 by the current owners to keep it from being torn down, is still in the process of being and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. We were surprised to find out that the rooms were only $109. But then again Winslow is not what you call a resort destination place.
Tonight Wayne will hook up the pickup and wash BOB (baked on bugs) off the windshield. In the morning we will head back eastward on I-40 to Albuquerque for a few days. Hope for wildfire smoke is not blowing in that direction anymore. It is only about 220 mile trip but it may take 10 or 12 hours to get there. You see we have to go right by two casinos to get there. Dianne is hearing those slot machines calling her name from here.
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Geocache total Today 12 Trip Total 77