03 September 2009

The Word Vacationing...


Is something that is being flippantly tossed around by a lot of my friends...seeing as this is a three-day-weekend and all. People are fleeing their normal lives and opting for new scenery.

I am not.

Not to say that I couldn't, but sometimes when you own your own business, it's hard to away during holiday weekends. For one, they are busy and fun...and for the other? I often can't remember from year to year when it is exactly I close the shop...I know I do for the Major Holidays (because yes, there is a distinction) but for the other ones, I can't remember (which is why I'm writing notes in the margins of my accounting book so that I can remember for next year.)


(It's also the reason I'm not going anywhere exotic this three-day-weekend)



But, I kind of almost did not too long ago.

I realized a Route 66 dream of sorts, and found myself gleefully skipping around The LaPosada in Winslow Arizona. The LaPosada was one of the most luxurious hotels along Route 66, that was also a Harvy Hotel (which is what the El Tovar is at The Grand Canyon) and somewhere I'd been itching to visit ever since a friend of my mother's told us how lovely the hotel was.

While I wandered around the fully restored and beautiful hotel and grounds, I learned that the woman who owned this hotel thought the Harvey Girl uniforms were too drab...so she made them applique cactus and Southwest designs on their aprons...making it the most decorated hotel uniforms.

Isn't that a hoot?

I would have loved to meet this woman...

I also wonder what it would have been like to be a woman who owned a hotel way back then?

Personally, I think that would have been quite an achievement, as well as being a bit rare.

The whole time I wandered around the hotel, I kept wondering what it would be like to stay there? It's almost impossible not to while you're walking around there. I also happen to love to stay in hotels. I always have...which is exactly why I never watch those exposes on TV about hotels...it would just ruin it for me.

I also don't watch the ones about magic tricks being revealed.

Who wants to live in a world without magic?


After wandering up the terracotta spiral staircase...I spied someone very familiar in the mirror at the top...

Me.

So, perhaps it's almost like I'm staying there?

At least I'm standing still...and we can totally prove that I was there.

I think perhaps someday I will go back and stay at The LaPosada.

I think this would perhaps be a very romantic adventure indeed.

Until then...I will be spending Labor Day laboring...and dreaming of vacationing.

1 comment:

Lois Grebowski said...

That is a cool looking place. And I *heart* that staircase. Love the play of the aged iron and terra cotta tiles. Totally awesome!

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