Take it easy in Winslow, Az

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Coin Toss

Heads make tracks to New Mexico, or tails we head to Winslow, Az.

Tails won, off to Winslow, Az we go!

Moab to Winslow
US-191 south & I-40 west

Just as we left Moab on US-191, we had a road construction delay from some rock blasting going in. The sign said to expect up to two hours of delay. Thankfully we were back on the road within 45 minutes!

US-191 South to I-40 was not the smoothest road by all mean.

We arrived in Winslow just before 5:00 pm and made our way to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center for the night.

The visitors center have a large open parking lot they allow free overnight parking.

Winslow, Az Visitors Center
does back up to the train yard, and you can hear the trains hooking up but they do not blow whistles.

Up at the crack of dawn, we decided to ”Take It Easy”! Grabbed our coffees and set out for another cross off our bucket list.

From behind the Visitors center is a beautiful walking path that takes you to the Historical Route 66 that Winslow is famous for.

First Street Pathway behind Visitors Center
1st St/ N Berry Ave
Along the walking path
1st Street / N Warren Ave

Once you get to the Gazebo, you make a left and head up Kinsely Avenue to Old HWY 66.

The famous Winslow Arizona corner
Myron standing on the corner
Yahoo, another thing off my bucket list!
What a great tribute statue to Glenn Frey
Myron standing next to Glenn Frey

It’s a good thing we decided to come tour early, within 5 minutes of arriving, 60 people must have shown up with the same idea as us!

A few pictures from our tour

Note:

• Plan to visit the area early before the crowds arrive.

• Double check your photos before you leave, incase you need to retake. ( Ask me how I know!!)

Winslow, Az it was a quick stop this time, however, we will be back.

Things to see in the area

• Homolovi State Park –

The primary Homolovi interpretive resources consist of archaeological sites including four major pueblos, numerous smaller structures, and site features ranging in size from one-room pit houses or simple artifact scatters to a 1200 room pueblo, and panels of petroglyphs with depictions of kachina and clan symbols. The sites date from three main periods: AD 620-850, AD 1050-1225, and AD 1260-1400. During each of these periods there was a concentrated population of people living near the Little Colorado River. Members of the Hopi Nation consider this area an important ancestral site and return to Homolovi for religious purposes.

https://azstateparks.com/homolovi/homolovi/explore/park-history

• La Posada – Historical hotel from the 1930s that has been restored back to the original condition of the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style. Have lunch at the famous Turquoise Room, southwestern cuisine that is all made from scratch.

• Rock Art Ranch-

is a privately owned cattle ranch that is a true wonder of the Old West. The property has more than just cattle and bison: It features excavated Anasazi dwellings, a Navajo hogan and sweat lodge, and amazingly well-preserved examples of petroglyphs carved by American natives

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rock-art-ranch

• Arizona Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an International tourist venue with Outdoor Observation Trails, Air Conditioned Indoor Viewing, Wide Screen Movie Theater, Interactive Discovery Center, Unique Gift & Mineral Shop, and Collision! 4D Experience Room. Food is also available at our Blasted Bistro in the Visitor Center.

https://www.meteorcrater.com/

• Two Guns and Apache Death Cave

On a small patch of land near Canyon Diablo, just off Interstate 40, lies the ghost town known as Two Guns. Though there are still crumbling reminders of the town’s use a 20th century tourist attraction, it’s been abandoned for well over half a century… though the region’s Native American tribes have been avoiding the area for a lot longer than that.

According to their legends, the dead cursed the land, and anyone who dared reside there was risking the anger of spirits who met a terrible fate. Naturally, white dudes didn’t listen, leading to some eerily-predicable ends worthy of their own horror films.

https://maps.roadtrippers.com/stories/visit-the-cursed-apache-cave-where-the-angry-spirits-want-you-dead

• Old Trails Museum

The Old Trails Museum explores the history of Winslow, Arizona, and the surrounding area through free exhibits and public programs. We use our collections to interpret the Santa Fe Railway, Harvey Girls, US Route 66, and much more. We are located in the heart of Winslow’s historic district and across from the Standin’ on the Corner Park. Admission is free

https://oldtrailsmuseum.org/

• Arizona 66 Trading Post

Everything was closed on our morning tour, but this is a must check out.

For a quick overnight stay we highly recommended the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Cost: Free

If planning on staying a few days, check out McHood Park for camping.

Google Maps showing McHood Park Campground

McHood Park Campground

Cost: FREE

Notes: Fills up fast, must arrive early in the morning and wait for a spot to be open on week days!

September 12, 2019

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Woke up to another wet and cool morning, we had light showers on and off last night. It appears the nights are getting colder and I would prefer not having to run our propane gulping furnace very often. These furnaces are definitely not energy efficient and use a ton of propane. On the plus side, Mother Nature has other options to help keep us warm….. I have been handed the ability to self combust, yup that’s right, these wicked hot flash and night sweat. Seriously does it ever end? I swear I have had these sucks for 10 years now!

Funny, I always wished for a smoking hot body, menopause was not what I was thinking!!!

Last month I started working for our local campground. Staff were heading back to university and were going to be short-staffed till close up. It appears that my temporary fill-in will now be turned into a seasonal position next May 1-Oct 1. Perfect for us RV snowbirds as we head south middle of October, and are back home middle of April.

One month in., and I am enjoying it. Meeting new people from all over the world, I met a couple from Switzerland and a gentleman from Bermuda today. I love listening to their travel stories and hearing about their families.

Today’s project, the factory mounted the spare tire on the rear trailer’s bumper.

When we boondock, there are usually quite a few dips and washes we need to maneuver through. Our trailer is 38 ft, and that darn spare tire has been skidded a few times because it hangs so low. Today Myron relocated it, so now it is mounted just behind our rear trailer axle out of the way.

Spare tire has a new home

Besides truck and trailer maintenance, Myron has been busy this summer with his upholstery work and as a relief semi driver. It’s funny how things work out. He gets a call one day asking if he is interested in doing some relief driving. Lots of businesses don’t want to hire anyone full time as they may not have enough work for a full-time Employee, so hiring on a relief driver works perfectly for their business and us as well.

🍷, have a great one!

Titan Missile Museum

Last winter we toured the Titan Missile Museum

Location: Sahuarita, Arizona

Cost: Adults $10.50, Seniors $ 9.50

What do you get: 1 hour guided tour of the former Titan II Missile Silo

This is a quote from their website

The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site open to the public, allowing you to re-live a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality.

The Titan II was capable of launching from its underground silo in 58 seconds and could deliver a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead to its target more than 6,000 miles (approximately 10,000 km) away in less than thirty minutes. For more than two decades, 54 Titan II missile complexes across the United States stood “on alert” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, heightening the threat of nuclear war or preventing Armageddon, depending upon your point of view.”

Here are some photos from our tour

A very educational tour, we highly recommend checking out the Titan Missile Museum.

Tuscan Rodeo Museum

When doing my research for the Tuscan area I accidentally came across this little gem of history.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is located in the historic Tucson Rodeo Ground.

Cost: $12.00 Adults, $ 9.00 for Seniors

We had the most amazing tour guide by the name of Bob. Bob was a wealth of information that made this tour so great.

A few displays set up of the Tuscan History.

They have quite the collection of saddles.

We even got to tour their tac room.

This Museum has over 100 horse drawn vehicles on display. Even a few that appeared in the Antique Road Show!

Here are a few pictures

This is a working wagon, it spends it winters here at the museum and then on the trails for the summers.

A fully functional mini steam model locomotive track, along with everything you could think of what Tucson would have looked like after the train station arrived.

Here is a little did you know!!!