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.