Oh, no, sustaining winds between 25 – 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. That was the forecast for our journey from Gallup, NM to Winslow, AZ. Strong winds is not a good thing when travelling major highways in the southwest with its dry, arid landscape. The “Beware of Wet Icy Roads” signs that we saw on our trip to Bernallilo were now replaced with “Warning! Dust storm conditions”! Yep, that’s for sure – there were clouds of dust everywhere.
If that wasn’t bad enough, during our drive on I-40 (Route 66), huge tumbleweeds attacked us as they tumbled across the highway. UGH! During previous encounters on our way to Las Cruces, massive bundles of dried up weeds caused some minor damage to our coach but thankfully, no damage on this trip!
Known as the Place of Little Hills, Homolovi State Park in Winslow, AZ was our next destination, a campground we had enjoyed in 2017. Check in was at the Visitor Center. We had made a reservation for site #20, a pull thru along the perimeter of the campground for three nights. From our spot, we enjoyed a few gorgeous sunsets followed by relaxation by a roaring campfire.
For those people who don’t want or need a hours of relaxation, there is plenty to do in the area. A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a drive by of the Standing On The Corner park in Winslow which pays homage to the Eagles and the song “Take It Easy”.
Visiting the ruins, Homolovi II and Homolovi I, in the park, provides a fascinating look at the inhabitants that lived in the area during ancient times. Check out this YouTube video.
A visit to the two pueblos which contain more than 1,000 rooms and 40 ceremonial kivas is very worthwhile.
It was a repeat performance at one favorite places – La Posada Hotel for lunch at the Blue Turquoise Room (we had explored this hotel back in 2017). We split a bowl of their signature soup – smooth black bean and cream of corn ($9). Presentation was awesome with the letters TR (for turquoise room) written on the top and served with honey corn bread. Delish!
Then we both had the Crispy Pork Carnitas Platter which was large pieces of crispy pork Carnitas, with red and green salsas, white corn tortillas, black beans, and sweet corn tamale and topped with papaya salsa ($15).
You might get the impression that we totally love this place because on the morning of our departure, we returned for breakfast where we both had the same breakfast we had on our first visit in 2017. For me, it was the Corn Maiden Delight ($14), a bowl of warm corn polenta topped with fire roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, two poached eggs, Jalapeno jack cheese roasted corn salsa.
Rob had Chorizo Hash ($16), which was house-made mild beef chorizo, diced potatoes, two scrambled eggs, diced onions, bell peppers, cheddar cheese and topped with diced tomatoes and sliced avocado and served with a flour tortilla.
Sadly our stay here came to end and it was time to move on. Our next campground was new destination for us!