Some things you just gotta do.
With our sights set on some national monuments east of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the route took us through Winslow. So after checking in to the local state park, we drove back into town and found the proper place to go stand on the corner.
Standin’ On A Corner…?
Now I figured I didn’t have to say much more than that - this is Winslow, Arizona and we were “standin on a corner” - but there still seemed to be some confusion on Facebook and Twitter. So, at the risk of ruining a bit of fun by providing an explanation…;)
You know the band The Eagles, right? The first single from their debut album in 1972 was a song called “Take it Easy”. The song was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and it had the following lyric:
Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow Arizona
It’s such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me
A Lyric Begets a Park
Winslow has grabbed ahold of their bit of fame in the song and created a whole “Standin’ on the Corner” park with a statue, murals and flat-bed Ford truck. This is what we ventured down to see.
What we learned was to keep singing:
We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
Runnin’ Down the Road
Winslow is a scrappy little town, with it’s railroad, Route 66, and musical heritage to build from. But once you’ve stood on the corner and walked along the newer railroad park and browsed through the shops for your fridge magnet, there isn’t much left to do (especially when you bring the good camera but forget to put the SD card back in - so even a photo walk is out of the question).
We’ll likely stay here another day or so - the state park where we are at is quiet and conducive to getting some work and school done. But then we’ll go back to “runnin’ down the road” again.