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Verde Canyon Train - View from our viewing car

'Crossing a bridge

Inside First-class car

Desert Area before entering the canyon

Verde River

Canyon Wall

Entering Tunnel

Canyon Wall

Canyon Wall

Retrun trip - our viewing car is near the front of the...

Monday, April 9, 2007. Our next big item on our itinerary is to be in Lake Havasu City, AZ. to have some after-market heavy-duty shock absorbers installed on the RV. Our appointment is for Thursday, April 12th. By looking at the tour books and discovering the Verde Canyon Train ride and seeing how close we are to The Grand Canyon we decide to make a diversion in our plans. We decide to ride the Verde Canyon train and make a quick stop at the Grand Canyon, before going to Lake Havasu City. So, Monday, April 9, we left Phoenix/Mesa area and headed north on I-17. The terrain changes from desert area to mountain area. We had a slow climb of several thousand feet and then a quick drop of several thousand feet with 7 miles of 6% downhill grade, Carol's favorite activity. At the bottom of the mountains is the town of Camp Verde our stop for the day. We got set up at the Rancho Verde RV Park, had a quick lunch and headed off with the Jeep to Clarkdale, AZ. about 15 miles west. At Clarkdale is the Verde Canyon Railroad, which is a scenic ride through the Verde River Canyon. When we made reservations the only seats available were the First Class seats in a lounge car with living room-style seating, complimentary appetizers, beverage service and our own open-air viewing car behind our coach. It made it a very comfortable ride and good eats besides. The small appetizer buffet was between our seats and the viewing car so I happen to make several stops at the buffet on my way to the viewing car. I had plenty of food; I didn't need much supper that evening. Oh yes, the scenery was great. We traveled along the river, which meant trees and other vegetation. The roadbed was sometimes perched along side one on the canyon walls and then went through a 680-foot tunnel. At Perkinsville we stopped, the vintage FP7 engine moved to the other end of the train for our return trip back to Clarkdale. The attendant on the open-air viewing car pointed out a couple of Eagles nest on the canyon wall and other points of interest. It was a very good four-hour trip on a well-maintained train. Tuesday morning we are heading for the Grand Canyon.

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