It was an accident how we ended up in Holbrook, Arizona. We left Sedona pretty late in the day with hopes to cross over into New Mexico before nightfall, but without a plan, it’s always a mystery. We saw a sign for Meteor Crater off Highway 40 and thought that would be a great place to catch the sunset. We drove down a bit only to find a sign that says it was closed for the evening. So, we got out in the middle of the road and enjoyed a view of the vast flat lands changing through sunset hues.
Being night now and not knowing where we were going to find a motel, we drove east for a few more cities only to land in the very cute historic and nostalgic town of Holbrook. After passing a few chain motels, we stumble upon the Wigwam Village. We grinned as we pulled up and fantasized about sleeping in a Tipi that night! The open sign was glowing in the office window. I went in with hopes that someone would be there and sure enough there was a nice lady closing up for the evening. She regretfully told me that every wigwam was booked for the night.
As I thanked her and started to figure out plan B, she stopped me and said, “Wait a minute, I think I have one left.” Without hesitation, I stated that I would take it! So we got #5 for the night. By now it was too late to fetch dinner somewhere and we were all pretty tired from a long adventurous day, so we fired up the camping stove to boil some water for cup-o-noodles, and fell asleep in a dream come true—inside a tipi!
Conveniently, the tipi had cable and we rocked out to some Michael Jackson. The entire grounds were filled with old cars and it made us feel we were visiting another era.
The next morning we walked around a bit and admired the town that was stuck in the fifties, then got on the road to who knows were…
Next time we are in the area, we will take the time to browse the vintage and antique shops. Also, a little ways down Highway 40 is the Petrified Forest National Park, a place we would definitely stop at.