Cory: We had the best afternoon. We discovered a town that Mom and Dad thought was made up.
Lark: Rocks, rocks, rocks. All we saw today was rocks.
Cory: Hush, Lark. It’s my turn to blog.
Lark: I’m telling them, Cory. There is nothing in Arizona but rocks. Red rocks. Black rocks. Little rocks. Big rocks.
Cory: Lark…be quiet.
Lark singing: Rock a bye baby in the treetops.
Cory: L-I-S-T-E-N TO ME! Be quiet or else.
Lark: Or else what?
Cory: Or else I will bite you.
Lark: Hey, Cory. What do you and Arizona have in common?
Cory: I don’t know. If I let you tell me, will you please go away?
Lark: You both have big Buttes!
Cory: That’s it!
Lark: Okay. I’m outta here.
Cory: Today we planned to visit Petrified Forest National Park. It is one of the few National Parks where dogs are allowed on the trails. Mom read online that the buildings were all closed but the trails were still open. But, when she rechecked today, the whole park was closed.
Lark: Who cares all we would see were trees turned into ROCKS!
Cory: As I was saying, we couldn’t go to Petrified Forest so instead we went to Winslow, Arizona.
Lark: Is that the town in the song Mom and Dad were singing today? The one about the Ford with the flat tire?
Cory: It’s a flat bed Ford. Please just go somewhere else.
Lark: I’m going. I’m going. But they were singing another song today that I think was about you. It was called Bitchy Woman.
Cory: That’s Witchy Woman! Go! NOW! Anyway, Winslow is the town that the Eagles sung about in their song, “Take It Easy” which was released in 1972. That was Mom and Dad’s music era you know.
Winslow was incorporated in 1900 and was a major transportation hub of the railroad until the 1950s and of Route 66 until the 1970s.
Mom was really excited about Winslow. She loved how the downtown has been restored and different kinds of businesses make their home there. Of course all the stores and restaurants were closed, which we knew would be the case. While it is disappointing not to be able to go inside, particularly since so many advertised that they were pet friendly we all understand the need to be cautious.
Dad was interested in two businesses, The Motor Palace Mercantile and The Motor Palace. They had all kinds of vintage motorcycles and gear. Dad could have stood at the store windows and looked at all the cool stuff all afternoon.
We got to meet one of the owners of The Motor Palace, and she and Dad talked for a long time about motorcycles. Lark and I waited in the car.
Lark: Yeah, that’s when I got all tangled up in the divider net.
Cory: Because you are a dope, that’s why. Go away.
Lark: Did you tell them about how Mom and Dad made us sit on the corner? So dumb.
Cory: What was dumb was when you growled at a statue! That was SOOO funny.
Lark: Well, it looked real to me. Anyway, they even asked a man named Dave to take a picture of all four of us. I don’t see what was so interesting about a dumb corner.
Cory: Lark, it is part of the song. Don’t you get it? Standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona?
Lark: I suppose you will say that Winslow rocks.
Cory: You’ve got rocks in your head. Anyway, everyone should go to visit Winslow, Arizona. Anyplace that makes your mom and dad sing is a great place to visit. It is definitely dog friendly and a cool place.
Lark: You know, we didn’t stand. Dad made us sit.