Our next stop was Winslow, via the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert – remnants of 225 million years ago when Arizona was a swamp. Minerals in the water seeped through fallen trees and turned them to stone as well as giving the landscape its distinctive colours.
There’s not much to Winslow – it’s a place that’s managed to build a tourist reputation out of a brief mention in a song! In Take it easy the Eagles sing about “standin’ on the corner of Winslow, Arizona” and the town has immortalised this with a mural and a statue. These take about ten seconds to look at – however, the real reason we stayed there was to experience La Posada, one of the Southwest’s historic railroad hotels, and its wonderful restaurant, the Turquoise Room. After a couple of weeks of Navajo fry bread, this was a culinary highlight. The year we were there, 2009, it was rated as one of the top three restaurants in the U.S. in the Conde Naste Gold List. Yum!