Day 8 Route 66
|Roadkill Cafe, Slagman, AZ|
|Hackberry General Store|
|Growing sod in the desert?|
Back in Williams we stopped at Grand Canyon Wine Company and sampled the whole list. I wasn’t a fan of the reds but I found a few whites that I liked. Hubby wanted to stop there because he like the novelty of wine in a can and was planning on buying a pack whither he liked it or not; luckily, he did.
We got a room in Williams for the night. The next morning, we were planning on heading to Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff and spending the night in Holbrook at the Wigwam Motel before heading home; but there was a major snow storm heading our way. They were talking up to a foot of snow or more; so we decided not to push our luck. We knew if we stayed any longer we would be stuck there for a few days. We came in to Arizona on the tail end of a large storm and were leaving just as a new one was blowing in.
When I was researching places along Route 66, I found a few I knew we would pass on I40. Outside Flagstaff we passed Twin Arrows trading post. The building has long since been abandoned and vandalized but the twin arrows were still there and viewable even at 75 mph. The next one I was looking for was Two Guns just outside of Winslow. From the freeway, I could see the stone gate that reads Mountain Lions and a few of the old buildings that were now in ruins. This is one spot I kind of wanted to stop, but then again didn’t because it’s supposedly cursed. It has a very volatile history, starting with the murder of 42 Apache Indians in 1878, the cold-blooded murder of a land owner in the 20’s, financial ruin of anybody who owned the property and a suicide in the early 2000's. You can't tell me a place can hold that much tragedy and misfortune and not have them related somehow. You can read more about it here.
In Lupon we stopped at Chief Yellowhorse Trading on the Arizona / New Mexico border. I remember stopping there on our first trip when I bought a wedding vase which broke several years ago, I was hoping to get another one this trip but everywhere I saw them, they were well out of my price range. I thought Chief Yellowhorse would have them but the store was pretty bare with a clearance sign out front. I did pick up a nice woven blanket though.
|Blue Swallow Motel, Tumcumcari, MN|
We drove from Tucumcari to El Dorado, Kanas, and from El Dorado to home. We got home around 8:30 pm and I wasn’t happy to see the condition of the house. It was a disaster, the sink was full of dishes (I don’t think they washed any dishes the whole time we were gone), nobody bothered to do laundry so the hampers were over flowing. Alison told me she went grocery shopping and was so proud of herself for buying healthy foods. That included 3 cases of pop, pudding cups, and lots of cheese. She thinks she’s a vegetarian, but she really doesn’t like vegetables so she eats mostly cheese. She bought a 2-lb. brick of cheese, a 2-lb. bag of shredded cheese, two tubs of cottage cheese, two tubs of cream cheese and a box of frozen mozzarella cheese sticks. She’s 19 and planning on moving out in a few months, I think we need to have a little lesson on Adulting 101.