Winslow has certainly capitalized on the Jackson Browne/Glenn Frey song, "Take It Easy", made famous by The Eagles, with the building of a small park - you guessed it - on the corner. As part of the revitalization of the downtown area started in 1997, the park was funded by donations and opened in September 1999. It includes a bronze statue of Browne, a mural of the flatbed Ford, and the old hotel front.
Being Eagles' fans ourselves, and staying less than 30 miles up the road, we aren't going to miss it!
|Jackson and Bill discussing music with mementos left in memory of Glenn Frey|
|What else would you park here? And there's only one dealership in Winslow - yep, Ford.|
|Donor bricks partially funded the project|
|Yes, I bought t-shirts (to help the local economy of course). The clerk says she sees up to 100 people a day across the street getting their pics taken.|
Now we're off to yet another place we've never heard of - Homolovi State Park. Whenever we get to a new area we make a point of finding natural and historic points of interest. This little park sounds interesting, and is only 3 miles from Winslow.
In the 14th century the Hisat'sinom (Hopi ancestors) built pueblos in the high grasslands along the Little Colorado River. With the support of the Hopi people, the state park was established in 1986 in an effort to protect the sites that remained. The visitors center has the most incredible view.
|The ranger says he never tires of this view - painted rock in the distance|
|Beautiful red rock wall at visitors center|
|Lighted mural of surrounding hills. In the women's restroom :-)|
We spend our time here at Homolovi II. A very nice paved trail takes us into the ruins where we are encouraged to walk among the ruins, to pick up artifacts, to take photos, and then to leave everything where we found it. Fortunately it looks like the majority of visitors respect this. There are hundreds of pottery shards along the path, among the rocks and brush, and saved on flat stones for others to enjoy.
|Early engineering included the use of small hillsides for building walls|
|More than 300 archaeological sites have been found within the park, including evidence of over 1200 rooms|
|The Hopi tell us that the broken pottery and stones are now part of the land, and are the trail Bahana will follow when he returns.|
|Many patterned shards|
|Puzzle pieces in all sizes...|
|......most of them quite small.|
|The sad reality of history is still history. The holes were dug prior to the establishment of the park - and for me it means we've come a long way toward respecting sacred space.|
|Bill makes the blue ribbon find of the day - ancient fossil|
|I accept second place with the only critter we saw all day|
|Beautifully preserved kiva with stone seating. The spirit of this place draws you in.|
|The grass speaks in hushed tones|
|Tuutukwi, or Hopi Buttes are in the distance. Some Hopi clans still use them as eagle gathering areas today.|
The Painted Desert is 300 miles from east to west. At the western boundary, Little Painted Desert is a county park. It is 13 miles north of Homolovi, and our next destination.
Park is a stretch. But there is a road of crumbling asphalt that takes us to the canyon rim. The light cloud cover blanches the colors, but it is still a spectacular sight. At the edge of the grasslands, we are once again in awe of Nature's majesty.
|Looking like large ships all docked together|