Monday, March 19, 2007

Welcome to the Village

We feel like we are in "The Village".

In the 1960's there was a British TV series called The Prisoner. It starred Patrick McGoohan, and has become what is known as a "cult favorite". It was filmed in the village of Portmeirion in North Wales. One could not escape the Village, but one could get around it in golf-cart taxis.

Well, we feel like we are in the Village, Arizona-style.

The Camelback Inn is situated on hundreds of acres; the guest rooms are spread out in adobe-like structures; the rooms are called "casitas". And, people get around on golf carts.

In The Prisoner series, people would greet each other by making the "OK" sign with their hand up to one eye, and then removing it in a saluting motion while saying "be seeing you". I feel like doing this but suspect if I did people would probably just think I was bonkers!

According to its motto, the Camelback Inn is the place "Where Time Stands Still"; in addition, check-in is 4pm; breakfast is from 6 - 11, and check-out is noon. And, in spite of time allegedly standing still, I'm sure that there is a room charged applied nightly!

It's a great spot. The vegetation is gorgeous and pungently fragrant; yesterday there was a little hummingbird flying around a tree in our small patio area. I love the desert vegetation, but am glad I get to view it from an air-conditioned car!

We're having a great vacation.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

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