Friday, March 7, 2008

Road Trip: Part 2

Now for part 2 of the road trip.

When planning this trip, BD came across an unusual motel she found listed online. It was called the WigWam and it was located in Holbrook, Arizona. Each room was an individual teepee. It sounded interesting so she reserved it and tried to convince me to look forward to it. (I was a little doubtful)



We pulled in to Holbrook right about sunset. The WigWam was located right on historic Rte 66. It looked just as advertised online.
Among it's u
nique points is the fact that there are several old cars parked all over the parking lot and in front of the teepees. They belonged to the original owner. He placed them all over the property. His daughter now runs the motel....she checked us in.It was truly a motel and not a hotel or inn by any means. It was built in the 1940's but has been updated a few times over the years. We asked about an ice machine and she told us to just bring the ice bucket from the teepee up to the office before 9 PM and she would give us some ice. After 9 PM the office is closed and she goes home!


So I brought the bucket back up front....she took it in a back room, I could hear some ice trays cracking and she returned soon with a full bucket.

The teepee was a little claustrophobic with only one small window and quite small but the heater and TV worked and the water was hot in the shower.

However, the carpeting and the sheets on the bed could have easily been from the 1940's. Also the main east / west line for the BNSF railroad was only about 100 yards away. It is a well traveled rail line....at least one train went by every 10-15 minutes all night long! Oh well.....it was only $60 for the night.

I wondered what kind of critters would invade this place during the warmer months....scorpions, snakes, etc.



No bugs this night though...it was way too cold.



Morning came and it was time to get up and continue eastbound. Checkout consists of leaving your key in the teepee and locking the door behind you. Very simple.


All in all I can say that it was an experience....just that. Not great but not terrible either.
That square has now been filled. I have now slept in a wigwam...sort of.

I'll save the final leg of this road trip for my next post.



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6 comments:

ProPilots said...

Len I'm so jealous of your stay in a wigwam. That is hysterical. Of course there would be a train zooming buy several times an hour. Its part of the charm I'm sure. I guess you didn't get any Marriott on this stay. Love the old cars.

Enjoying the snow in your grass?

d

Len (Barfbag) said...

Darren,

It's funny that the weather for the entire road trip was great until we reached Denton. That was Monday night when we got all that snow. From Denton to here it was 25mph all the way...Good thing the Yukon had 4wd.

That snow is nice to look at but I'll take the 80 degree weather that we had a couple of weeks ago.
Better get that lawn mower ready!

Len

ProPilots said...

Yea I've been eyeballing my lawn mower in the corner of the garage the last few days. Its almost time to get the cob webs off isn't it. In my comment above it should have read no Marriott Points on that stay. I'm with ya on the 80 deg thing.

D

Comet and BLU said...

The cold nights are when you really have to watch out for the snakes. The rattlers like to slip into bed with you and stay warm under the covers.

THE ZOO said...

did you take any pics inside the teepee. ife always thought they were fascinating seeing the teepee hotel on tv.

Len (Barfbag) said...

Sorry, no inside photos. It was very small inside and my camera doesn't have a very wide angle lens. But if you click on the WigWam link in the body of my post, it will take you to the WigWam's very own site that has inside photos.

Len