December 10th, 2019

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Winter Road Trip Day 14 (Part 1): La Posada Hotel

Last night we stayed in the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

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Before we checked out, we went to breakfast in the Turquoise Room.

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After checking out, we wandered around the hotel and grounds.

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I went to use the restroom while Lisa stepped out to the north garden to take things easy.

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This is only some of the photos that I took today. For the whole thing, see the Flickr Album. It's an extraordinary hotel, but possibly a bit much for us, and it does contain a few elements (like the hard chairs) that don't suit our "use case." But it really is lovely to look at, and I'm glad that we stayed here once. One may have been enough, though, and it was time to move on.
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Winter Road Trip Day 14 (Part 2): Winslow to Kingman AZ

Today's trip was relatively short, only a bit over 200 miles, and with good weather it only took around four hours even with side trips and a stop in Flagstaff to get some coffee/hot chocolate/sandwiches at Starbucks. This is mostly a deliberate plan on our part, as our experience of our road trips is that in the later stages, we have to make the segments shorter.

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When we reached I-17, we completed the first of the two "retraces" of this trip, where we return by the same route as we set out. For the most part, this is a "circular" trip where we're taking a different route outbound than for our return.

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We reached Kingman before sunset, and my Spire status got us a mini-suite upgrade. Not as big as the separate-bedroom combo we had in Rancho Mirage, but comfortable.

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Although there is a new Black Bear Diner here in Kingman, so we could have collected a new stamp in our Passport, we were both tired enough that we wanted to just take food back to the hotel and eat dinner there and get some rest. We refuled at the Flying J, picked up some milk and snacks at Basha's grocery store, and returned to the hotel. I then ordered a pizza and while Lisa did some in-room washing out of clothes, I ran down to Pizza Hut to collect the food.

Tomorrow's trip is also relatively short by the shortest route, but we'll probably lengthen it, and we have some planned errands in Las Vegas that will probably make it even longer before we get to the hotel. But I know from sitting at the work space here in Kingman that the chair won't attack my back the way the seat did in Winslow.