Nov 12, 2010


We are tucked in for the evening just east of Albuquerque at a Passport America Park in Tijeras.  We really enjoyed Dead Horse State Park and hope to return next year. We still have lots to see and places to explore.   After using the dump station and hooking up the Explorer we were on the road by 8:40 this morning north to Flagstaff and then east on I-40.

We stopped in Winslow for some fuel and Judy mentioned she wanted to stop at the PEFO visitors center to get her passport book stamped.  As we drove in I noticed a Lazy Daze pulling a Honda Fit.  I recognized it as Andy Baird's rig.   Andy spends most of his time in New Mexico and has an interesting blog.  He also published a E-book which I had purchased a year ago.

While Judy fixed our lunch I took Mollie out for a walk.  I could see Andy inside his rig so I stopped and introduced myself. We had a nice visit.  He was heading towards Cottonwood where we just came from.   It's a small world out there.  You never know when you will run into someone you have met on the internet.

The rest of the day was spent just keeping the RV between the lines and heading east. Judy and I were very touched by all the kind comments, emails, and text message today.  Our email shows up on our phone so it was great to be able to read the comments while we were traveling down the road.  We are still getting used to the idea of having friends most of whom we have never met yet we share so much in common.  So again thank you!

Until later.


On Wednesday we took a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad.  The weather was beautiful, and we had great seats. We splurged, and bought first class tickets. This was a long train holding over 400 people and our car was next to the last.  We had access to an outside viewing car which was nice for taking pictures.  The train also has a caboose which can be reserved for parties of 6 or more.

We left right on time as everyone in our car offered up a complimentary champagne or apple cider toast.  They also provided a light buffet with chicken wings, salad, pickles, olives, and crunchy veggies. Our trip took us 20 miles up the Verde Canyon to Perkinsville.  On the way up we had to make one unexpected stop to let some wild burros cross over the tracks.

For me the highlight of the trip was the 640 foot long tunnel.  It was fun to see the long train curve through and disappear into the mountain.  The tunnel was curved so as you entered you really couldn't see the light at the end....

The only disappointment was we were not allowed to get off the train in Perkinsville.  Instead we came to a stop, they unhooked the engines from the front of the train, ran them around us on a siding, and hooked them back up on the caboose end for the return trip.

Even though the trip back was on the same tracks the views were different and just as spectacular.

We were back into Clarkdale a little ahead of schedule.  As we came in we noticed an ambulance waiting. The train stopped short so they could remove someone who had suffered an insulin reaction.  We later heard that she was doing better.  All in all it was a good day, and if you like trains this is a great way to spend the afternoon.

On a more sober note.  We are changing our travel plans.  We were planning to leave here next Tuesday and slowly work our way into Texas.  We were going to meet up with our friends Bob and Linda in Fredricksburg and spend Thanksgiving with them.  Instead we are on our way back to Michigan to support some friends of ours who are going thru a very difficult time.  After talking and praying about it, we have decided we need to be there.  We will be in Grand Rapids by Tuesday if all goes well.  

I am down one pound since Tuesday.  That makes the total three pounds.  Twelve to go before the end of the year.

Until later.