At the end of a long day on the road, Flagstaff was a welcome stop. East of Winslow I had seen what I thought were low-lying clouds. As we got nearer to Flagstaff it became apparent that there was fire close by. By the time we reached the hotel, which is on Route 66, not only could you smell the smoke but could see it to the southeast. We were told that the road down Oak Creek Canyon, where we had hoped to go the following day was closed until the fire was out.
The gentleman at the front desk of the hotel was very helpful and I learned that he was the owner. We had dinner at our favorite eatery and as we came out of the restaurant the sun was setting behind a brown hazy curtain of smoke.
The next morning I noticed some old photographs on the wall of the lobby and when I asked if they were old photos of Flagstaff I was told that was correct. I am a firm believer that in any place where people stay, old photographs of the city/town should be mandatory so that those who stay can see where they are and understand part of the history of the place. But I am a history teacher's daughter and I love to know the history of where I have been.More
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