5/6/15 Wednesday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)
There are so many birds here. I’m thrilled that I can recognize the sounds of so many: mourning doves, cardinals, robins, red winged blackbirds, and grackles. I see hummingbirds and gold finches but don’t know their tunes. It was an easy, laid back morning. I posted the short blog entry for yesterday then enjoyed the blogs I read. John worked on his lap top. I spent the last hour outside reading my book.
Off to Clarkdale to ride the Verde Canyon Railroad. It’s expensive ($89.95 each plus tax). We’d been recommended to go first class, which includes a little champagne, appetizers, and better seating arrangements. Coach (Senior 65+: $59.95) has regular train seats which all face one way. The train stops at Perkinsville for the engine to switch from the front to the new front (old back). We figured the seating plus food made it worth while. On the trip we discovered that we spent the majority of our time in the next open car, so I think if cost is an issue, you’d enjoy it just as much. It’s also true that the best seats are on the side where you enter the train. But it doesn’t matter if you spend most of your time in the open car! Great experience. Some say it’s better than the (more commercial?) Grand Canyon Railroad trip from Williams to the Grand Canyon. By the way we were on the “Sycamore” car.
We saw an eagle in a tree over the river on our trip as well as 4 deer. Some highlights: