Standin' on a corner!

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Trip End May 24, 2011


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Our last show of our entire Camfel experience took us to Winslow, Arizona. You may have heard of Winslow from Bobby Troup's 1946 car trip ear candy, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66". That generation's children are probably more familiar with the Eagle's reference to "standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona" in 1972. Even today, Winslow still seems to try to hang on to that fame that the Eagles brought them almost forty years ago. A memorial "corner" has been constructed on an actual street corner in the heart of Winslow. A "Taking it Easy" shop sits across the street. We took our obligatory pictures of us "standing on a corner," and moved on.

Winslow's other significant landmark stands a few blocks down along the railroad that first put Winslow on the map. La Posada hotel remains one of the last great Southwest railway hotels still in existance. Its renovations in the past decades has preserved its beauty to remain a desirable hotel even today. It truly is an oasis in an otherwise rather impoverished town in a furthermore barren desert.

Kelsey and I contemplated staying in La Posada for double our normal hotel budget, but we opted against it. For a vacation visit to the area, it would be a nice option. But for two road warriors to whom "a hotel room is a hotel room," we're glad we didn't splurge. We had just as much of an enjoyable visit walking through the lobby.
Arizona artist, Tina Mion, has taken up residence in La Posada, looking for inspiration for her latest series of work. Meanwhile, La Posada's lobby has doubled as a gallery for her complete pieces. Unfortunately, her style and content of art do not mesh well with the flavors of southwestern hospitality exhibited by the hotel on its own. Looking around, your brain has a tendency to be confused, even if you know that the art is representing a temporary artist-in-residence. Of particular distaste is a large mural of a New Years party in pergatory for suicides, in which you can find Mion's macabre renditions of many famous and mundane suicide victims. This painting sits prominently in the room where a hotel guest might go and play some board games or read a book from the library. La Posada devoted an entire room as a gallery for Mion's work for visitors to appreciate, which is fine, but the art unfortunately spills out into the rest of the hotel without restraint. I don't know if La Posada views its current business relationship with Tina Mion as symbiotic, it certainly turned the both of us off.

Nevertheless, we shot some pretty pictures of the gardens. Natural art. No suicides. Just flowers. Enjoy :)
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