Cruising across the desert at a respectable 60 mph (saving fuel) trucks passed us like we were standing still!! The speed limit is 75 mph here for EVERYONE and the truckers take full advantage!!
We made a quick trip straight to La Posada Hotel Restaurant, an amazing Fred Harvey Hotel designed by Mary Colter of Grand Canyon Fame. Once a splendid hotel to the stars, it fell into disrepair and was eventually used by the Railroad for it's headquarters. Sadly, it was trashed. For sale for years, a family finally purchased the building and has been restoring it to it's original glory. It's one of the most fascinating buildings I've ever been in. Be sure to stop here and have lunch!!
This was a major stop for the Santa Fe passenger trains of old, which ran by within yards of the back door. The floors have been restored and the ceilings returned to their original splendor. Some of the original furnishings have been returned to boot. There is a small room with a video of the whole story that you should definitely see.
The walls were covered with amazing works of art. Upstairs in the ballroom is a museum gallery displaying modern paintings. I think this artist needed a long vacation ... every oil painting depicted death in one way or another!!
My placemat at the restaurant reminded me to get my kicks here, which I did by ordering Carnitas with tomale AND .......
what else but bread pudding. This however, was not your ordinary bread pudding ... it was "desert" bread pudding with cactus and piñon nuts! Delicious!!!
From La Posada, we really DID stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona at this site honoring the Eagles and their song "Take It Easy". In fact, I stood there for quite some time to get this image without six people in questionable attire standing in the middle waving their arms!!