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The Train – 365 – 107

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part Three

For those of you who like train pictures, this post is exclusively for you!

Yuma car

Our first class coach car, the Yuma, with its observation car behind it. Each covered car had a dedicated observation car for its occupants. You could come and go between the two cars for the whole train ride. Inside the coach was warm, but outside in the observation car you had a much better view.

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The train cars in front of ours.

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Heading out!

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It was so cold, that after about ten minutes of riding in the observation cars, you had to go back into the coach cars to warm up. We were glad we had paid for the first class ride, as you could order drinks. The hot chocolate was very popular!

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train engine

At Perkinsville, the train parked for fifteen minutes while the engine decoupled and went to the other end of the train so we could go back to Clarkdale!

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Heading back! It got colder and began to rain again as we headed back.

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Almost home!

Verde River Valley – Ancient Indian Homes – 365 – 106

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part Two

There were several ancient Indian ruins pointed out to us along our train trip down the Verde Canyon. The first were early in our trip and I did not get a good picture of those. They were difficult to see because they were newer and built along the canyon ledges and did not stand the test of passing time very well. But deeper into the valley were some caves that ancient peoples had dug out and used for homes.

ancient Indian home

You can see the entrance to one cave about mid-way up the red rock, close to where the nearer rock formation curves against the red rock.

Here’s a zoomed view:

ancient Indian home

The narration on the train told that this cave was dug out from the inside so that it was three stories high. And the people using the cave for their home then dug out smoke holes much farther down the rock so that there would be no smoke coming out of their entrance, thus making it a much safer home.

smoke holes

It’s hard to see the smoke vent holes in this picture, but there are two there, up high in the rock.

The second ancient Indian home pointed out was closer to the end of the valley and much lower in the rocks than the first cave.

ancient Indian home

Isn’t this a pretty valley in which to live? You can see the cave openings on the left side of the rocks.

ancient Indian home

And a close up view. It is just below these rocks that the canyon opens up into Perkinsville valley. I suspect because the valley is wider here, there was less danger of flooding so they could live lower in the rocks, closer to the river. Or maybe they just used it for a summer home. What do you think?

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part One – 365 – 105

Today I am sharing a few pictures from the first portion of our Verde Canyon Railroad excursion that we took last Saturday. The day was very cold (in the forties), windy and spitting rain/snow off and on all day long. I wish we could have had a more typical Arizona brilliant blue sky as a backdrop for the beautiful scenery! But the ride was fun, the scenery gorgeous, and hopefully we’ll get to do it again someday when it is just a bit warmer!

Verde River

The first portion of the ride was across wide open spaces with snow covered mountains in the background.

Verde River

Verde River

After about a half hour of following the Verde River, the wide open plain narrowed up as the river carved deeper into the valley.

Verde River Canyon

Tomorrow I’ll post pictures of cliff dwellings and caves that ancient peoples used for homes and to keep safe.

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