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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Road Trip, Day 7 (Pt. 4); Cameron Trading Post

I was glad to have booked a room at the Cameron Trading Post in advance--they were down to only 2 rooms when I did! Why, you may ask, would I feature a hotel stop as it's own entry here on the blog rendition of our road trip?

For starters, this was the view from our room.

Just outside was a wonderful, shaded, flower-filled courtyard, complete with fountains and a huge fireplace.

After driving for hours through badlands, it was definitely a welcome sight!

We both loved it.

There were all kinds of birds here, too. We saw doves, grackles, sparrows and even a hummingbird!

Besides a massive gift shop on the premises (at which we bought oodles of things,) they also had a beautifully decorated restaurant, and we'd arrived right around dinnertime. Charles had a huge Navajo taco and I had a hot, open-faced turkey sandwich.

Our room was also quite charming, decorated with a Native American theme from the tiling in the bathroom to the lamps on the end tables.

I was too taken with the gardens to get photos of anything else, however.

I mean...look at it! It's just wonderful.

We had to hit the hay early. We were scheduled to get up at 4am to drive an hour to the Grand Canyon.

I wanted to be there before sunrise.

The only downside to this wonderful oasis was that the walls were paper-thin.

Our sleep was interrupted by people in neighboring rooms showering, thumping suitcases around, etc.

We even had a lovely sunset before hitting the hay, though. All in all, this was a great stop, full of beauty and at least some respite from our hours on the road.

Next stop; Grand Canyon Nat'l Park

In recent art news, my Foggy Morning photo took 1st Place (photography) in Slidell Art League's "Cirque du Sol Art" show. It also rec'd a Purchase Award from Slidell Memorial Hospital.


Charles Gramlich said...

Oh yes, it was so lovely. I'm glad you got so many great photos. in hindsight, this has become one of the most memorable moments.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; I agree! It was so nice there, such a wonderful break!

Sphinx Ink said...

Wow, so beautiful! I love the flowers and the whole thing. What a great spot to stay.

NancyU said...

What a wonderful oasis in the middle of all the badlands.It looks like they take their garden seriously.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sphinx Ink; We certainly weren't expecting such a picturesque place--it was very nice!

NancyU; Yes--there were people working in the gardens even as we arrived!

Larry said...

What a great setting! It looks like an antique painting.-Love the stonework and flowers.

YogaforCynics said...

Wow--that does look lovely...I really need another Southwest road trip one of these years...

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; Thanks! Yes, it was wonderful. :)

YogaforCynics; Everyone should pilgrimage over that way from time to time. :)

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, Lana! Sounds like a really peaceful, beautiful experience. Nice people like you guys deserve it! Glad you both enjoyed yourselves. D

Lana Gramlich said...

Donnetta; Thanks. :)

Travis Cody said...

That's quite the oasis!

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; It certainly was. :)

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