It shouldn’t take a neurologist to figure out this post is going to be about a train.
A trip north to Cottonwood/Sedona area started with a train ride through the Verde Canyons in Clarkdale Arizona. This railway was built in 1912 as a support for the copper mines in Jerome, AZ, and it just so happened to be my first wilderness style train ride.
I started this adventure on the inside of the train, but quickly made my way outside with the big kids to get the full experience. Despite being a bit chilly, being outside was much better.
Who ever said there’s no water in the desert?
The most fascinating thing about this train ride was seeing all the caves in the canyon walls that were used by Indians many years ago. The idea of living in a cave is wild to me. To display just how close the train drove by the canyons, here is a picture of a random old man.
This two hour ride took us into a “town” called Perkinsville, where you have to be a Perkins to reside. There were maybe three people that lived here, and at least 10 farm animals. This is where I took my favorite photo of the day.
One day I will frame this and hang it in my house. After a 15 minute break check, we headed back on the two hour ride into the train port. If you’re ever in this area of Arizona, I highly suggest taking this train ride.
Q: Have you ever been on a train?
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Nicole Marie Story
I am obsessed with trains!!!!!!!!!
See: Atlas Shrugged.
I am enjoying gorgeous dirty gin Lauren-Bacall-style martinis; and I accordingly your blog title as, “Coco Chanel.” Hahaha!
I was very intrigued, due to the fashion reference.
And I still am intrigued. 🙂
foods for the soul
I love both your Perkinsville photo and the older gentleman photo. While the first is sweet in a dilapidated way, the man looks really neat against the blurry background from the train’s motion. Were they taken on a digital camera or a phone?
I had the same thoughts about the old man photo!! All these pictures were taken with my iPhone!! I was very pleased with how they turned out!!
foods for the soul
WOW an iPhone?? You must have the newest version; these look amazing! Doesn’t hurt that you seem to have an eye for a good shot too. ;]
I DON’T have the new one!! HA! I have the iPhone 4. So that’s like..two generations old. I do love it most of the time though, it’s been good to me!
foods for the soul
I love my iPhone too! I mainly use it for the maps… I’d get so lost otherwise! As in driving north instead of south or ending up on the East coast instead of the West. Pathetic, I know!
Well that looks pretty darn cool! How fast does the train go? Do they serve drinks? Can you get out and hike and then get back in? I am guessing no on the last one 🙂
The train was about 20mph. YES they serve drinks (beer, wine, coke products, water) and nooo unfortunately you cannot get off and then back on haha. That would be awesome though!
Oh I love that photo! Definitely a framer 😉
Luv What You Do
I have taken the Amtrak to TN before which is nowhere near as brilliant as your ride. I love that you got such amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!
Ps all I have seen of AZ is the Pheonix airport so I def need to go back!
That looks like a ton of fun! I’ve only every been on a train once when I was in Italy and it didn’t even feel like a train, more like an airplane.
whoa, how cool does that look?? What a great experience. I can’t remember being on a train like that!
When I was in boarding school, I used to take the train almost every other weekend to go home! Also when I’m travelling in Europe (e.g. to Paris), I much rather take the train as opposed to fly…great way to see the beautiful surroundings and no pesky security/immigration to go through (at least not to the same extent)!
Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel
omg that house is SUCH an amazing shot! def something to be proud of. seems like you had fun! 🙂
Alex @ therunwithin
i have never been to arizona, really anywhere around there but man is that scenery breathtaking
I nearly peed my pants reading your opening statement LOL. I’m glad someone else has my sense of humor. Seriously though, these shots are amazing!
That looks like so much fun! The scenery is just gorgeous–even the random old man heehee! Hey if I were an old cooter lady, I’d hit on him 😉
Glad you had a good time! The scenery is gorgeous:)
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
That last picture is definitely awesome – I have a thing for run-down shack type houses… but I wouldn’t like to live in one 😯 I would like to go on a train one day, but it hasn’t happened yet so far 😦
For my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, we took a train to a small town in Missouri – very fun! PS – did you check out the blog post: http://itzlinz.com/2013/01/04/to-set-resolutions-or-not/ You probably should….. 😉
Shannon (Healthiful Balance)
I used to have to take a train to school. In Germany its very common to go to places with a train. 🙂 The “desert” pictures you took are pretty!! 🙂
An Unrefined Vegan
Great photos, girl! You are doing your trip up right.
Been on an Amtrak a time or two; trains in Russia and in Europe.
I love your photos! I was on a train once, when I was little! It was a little train tour up in PA. But I’ve never really traveled via train!
Excellent pictures my friend! I travelled a lot by train through Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switserland, Spain & The Uk!
Rach @ This Italian Family
That last photo is really cool! Glad you had fun! I’ve definitely been on lots of trains – it was the easiest way to travel when we lived overseas. 🙂
Your own photos, blown up and framed, make the best art work.
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