…in Winslow, AZ
If you recognize that verse, you are not only old, you are also a fan of one of the best bands ever, The Eagles. Their song, Take it Easy, made this town famous. We just had to stop in to check this place out.
Winslow, AZ was only a slight detour from our intended route from Lake Mead through Arizona to The Petrified Forest National Park on the east side of that state. Well worth the detour!
We found a free campground called McHood Park in Winslow so we chose that as our destination on the way to the Petrified Forest National Park. It was just over half way so it was a great place to stay for the night. We arrived there kinda late and although it didn’t seem like an issue at the time, it became one the next day. More on that later. Here are some pics of the camp sight, what a great find!
Being an early riser, I was up walking around the campground in the morning. One of the neighboring RVer’s, someone that clearly had been at this place for a long time (and kinda made us a bit nervous the night before), stopped by to let me know he had been informed that the road to the campground would be closed for the entire day…WTF! We had plans, places to go, people to see…I informed the rest of our group and some of the comments are not repeatable here. Kinda felt like we were gonna be prisoners for the day, not cool!
To eventually get out of our campsite, I needed to move Our Way so I chose to drive toward the exit to see what was up. Turned out to be a good decision! One of the laborers saw me coming and came toward the RV to let me know that we could not leave. Remember I said arriving at the campground late became a problem? Well, this laborer asked if we had received the notice the day before about the road closing. Nope, not us. He then asked if a park ranger let us know about it earlier in the morning. Nope, not us. (I did see the ranger drive through the campground but he did not stop to talk to anyone.) Feigning ignorance (yeah, I know, lots of you think that’s not really all that hard for me to do…), I said I needed to get out of the campground right then. He bought the story and called the project supervisor at the other end of the dirt road (that was already half freshly-paved) to find out if there was any way we could move past. Begrudgingly, the supervisor authorized us to pass through. I alerted RT and we all got out of there just in time. Crisis averted!
Off to downtown Winslow, AZ where we decided to stop and check out the town before heading on to our next destination. Well worth the time. They even had a town park with beautiful flowers (Siobhan’s got her fix) Loved this place.
Remember the lyrics, “I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ, 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”?
Well, check out the pictures of us standing on that very corner. It’s amazing that the same girl in a flatbed Ford was slowing down to take a look at us! So cool.
And this place is on the old Route 66 – any of you my age know that road well. More history, more fun. Even visited the smallest church anywhere.
What a great stop!