Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sleep in a Wigwam - Holbrook, AZ


We went to Holbrook, AZ earlier this week and had ourselves a small adventure. Paul wrote a funny blog about this one so I won't repeat his version here. Suffice it to say that if you're going to have your car break down in a strange place you might as well pick one that's really strange!

Holbrook is unusual. On historic Route 66 and proud of it, it is absolutely filled with kitchy shops with silly dinosaur sculptures in front, motels where you can sleep in an "authentic" cement teepee and all kinds of other crazy stuff. Saw an unintentionally hilarious sign in a shop window offering "Tatoos, Piercings and Taxidermy." Wish we took a picture of that one but we got lots of others and I'm sure we'll return.

Holbrook must have been something in its past. It's pretty poor right now with lots of boarded up old motels and shops. But you can still see potential in its old adobe buildings and crazy Route 66 decor. It's an artists' redevelopment project just waiting to happen... and it's the only significant town near the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert. We enjoyed ourselves. Ate an entire small box of Valentine's Day candy in a cement wigwam. It was a fun thing to do.

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