June 2, 2013
A year ago yesterday (June 1) my family took off, in the heat, for Flag at 4 p.m. and after a one lane stoppage on I-17 south of Mund's Park, we landed at the Knight's Inn ($50) and then walked around Tommy's town in the cool air, landing at The Carriage House, where we ate outside ($150) and then wandered off to the legendary Monte Vista Hotel where we had drinks and then a nightcap at the Wine Loft overlooking San Francisco Street.
The next morning, June 2, we were on the road thru Navajoland and beyond (actually, our goal was Mike Richard's cabin on Lake Okoboji, Iowa). After a hike in Canyon de Chelly and a stay at Thunderbird Lodge, we drove the back way into New Mexico, cruising right by Shiprock, a mighty sight, indeed. This study is inspired by that landscape: "Shiprock Hitchhiker."
—William Friedkin, "The Friedkin Connection"