Actually they’re the same digs, just spruced up. I hope they aren’t spruced up TOO much, though. The, erm, let’s say “hominess” of the roadside attraction is part of its charm. Giving it a gussying is all well and good so long as the unique character and personality of the location remains intact.
I’m talking about THE THING?!, of course, perhaps the world’s most legendary roadside attraction. I visited The Thing?! (It must always be presented with a question mark, and sometimes with an exclamation point, following its name, although this drives spellcheck programs crazy.) last summer and instantly fell in love. I spent some quality time with the featured attraction, bought some souvenirs, and had a Blizzard at the adjoining Dairy Queen.
You can visit The Thing?! yourself. It is located at the newly renovated Bowlin’s travel center off Interstate 10 near the community of Dragoon, Arizona. I will have to make a return visit sooner rather than later to see just how much they’ve altered something that was already perfect. I’m sure it’s still perfect. I just hope it’s as perfect as it was before the refurbishment. The photographs on their Facebook page don’t look radically different, so I’m sure it’s all groovy.