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Thursday, June 12, 2014

La Posada in Winslow to Williams, Arizona

Aloha Everyone,

La Posada Hotel is considered one of the grandest hotels in Arizona. Located in the small town of Winslow off I-40 and old Route 66, the hotel's architect, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter envisioned as the grand hacienda of a wealthy Spanish landowner who lived on this site.

The building looks like a mission with adobe walls, red terra cotta roofs, windows with wooden shutters and I recall our room boy was very proud to point out the iron rejas (grills). Floors are flagstone and saints in niches everywhere watching your every move.

J.J. and I stayed at La Posada on our previous trip to Winslow and loved it. We often recall fondly not of the food we had in the Turquoise Room, but the entertainment they offered by a local Native-American guitarist whose playing took us to another time when life was much simple.

The Posada, in reality, was not an hacienda for the wealthy but a stop for weary passengers on the Atchidon, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company. (ATSF)

Stopped at a Rest Place shortly after our detour to La Posada.

Lois and Don are from Pueblo, CO. They were curious about our Honu and had an interesting conversation about "life".

Angus and Romy have traveled from Austin (TX) to New Orleans (LA) and were on their way to California. When their 2 months holiday is over, they return to Melbourne, AU.

A sign on the road to view Natural Meteor Crater. When we were about to go into the door, a traveler came out and told us it's not worth paying $18 per person to see a big hole in the ground. We took his advice and decided to spend our money on an excellent lunch.

William is in the Coconono county with population of 3,023 according to the 2010 census. It is a gateway to Grand Canyon. Local attraction is the Grand Canyon Railway. Once a month, old-fashioned  steam locomotives are used to take passengers from William to the South Rim.

Our lunch was at Red Raven restaurant. Sorry no photos of our delicious salmon and salad for me and Ruben sandwich with corn chowder soup for J.J. My iPhone battery died...

The historic Main Street is full of restaurants, souvenir shops which display the town's association with Route 66.

We are staying at the Railside RV ranch & Cabin Resort for the next 3 nights.

View from our bedroom window.

J.J. and I are going out to meet our neighbors. Have a good night.

Aloha -- Cathi