Friday, April 19, 2019

#LeapFrogs: Discovering Arizona

As we left the Grand Canyon, we headed back east once more. We'd decided the previous night that we needed to get Tim back home for a doc visit, and I needed some work and think time where we weren't constantly on the go. Although we were going to make a quick trip getting back to Alabama and Georgia, we knew there were several towns we wanted to visit along the way - several of those "roadside attraction" kind of places that make each state unique.

But before we went too far, there was one place I had to see in Williams, AZ.

Zach had reminded us about Bedrock City when we first arrived in Arizona, and we passed it on the way to the Canyon, but didn't stop. Today, we did. Somewhere in between Zach reminding us and the day of our actual visit, I learned that the property was closed down, and that it is up for sale for a cool $2 million. I know there's someone out there who could make this campground a success! And what fun it would be doing so!

Next up, Winslow, and of course, we had to go stand on the street corner.

In Joseph City, we had to stop at the famous Jack Rabbit Trading Post, which earned its reputation during the glory days of Route 66.

And then Holbrook. I knew there were a couple of things in Holbrook I wanted to see, but couldn't remember them when we arrived. Then I saw one:

All the wigwams have classic cars parked in front of them.

And then the other:

Holbrook is surrounded by dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes. I think we could have spent an entire day tracking them down all around the area. But the weather was pressing down on us, so we stayed focused.

One food I didn't want to miss introducing to Tim was an Indian Taco. When I lived in Oklahoma, one of the civic organizations in our town would hold periodic fundraisers where they would sell Indian Tacos - taco style ingredients served on top of delicious fry bread. One of my favorite foods that I've missed since we left OK.

Somewhere along the way, searching for Indian Tacos, I learned they have a Navajo origin, so I thought perhaps we'd find them once we entered Navajo country, and Holbrook is where we found them.

The cafe where we landed was recommended on several websites as having the best fry bread around, so we thought we were safe. But I found something in my water glass when she refilled it, and it was so gross, she comped our ticket without us saying a word, and we left. But by that point, we'd already eaten. So, we had our Indian taco (it lacked any seasoning at all, so not my favorite, even before the water glass incident, but Tim covered his with all sorts of sauces and thought it was great) and it was free. But at what cost? Thankfully, none that we could tell.

As we left Holbrook, we kept seeing signs for the Painted Desert National Park. Even though it wasn't on our original plans, we decided to stop, and I'm glad we did.

This place had never even been on my radar. What a sight we would have missed!

We were sad to leave Arizona - so much more to explore. We had a few days of sunshine while we were in the state, and that always improves the state of mind, doesn't it?

Continuing our eastward journey ...

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