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Verde Canyon Railroad, AZ
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Camp Verde, AZ
 
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Let's call it a scenic ride. A group from Phoenix was doing this and I decided to join them. We then hiked the West Fork of Oak Creek the following day. I stayed at a motel in Cottonwood Saturday and Sunday nights, then headed back to Tucson by way of Jerome and Prescott Valley Monday. Great weekend, even with tons of people everywhere. However, it was nice to go to Jerome on a weekday and avoid the crowds.

This is a fine train ride from Clarkdale over to Perkinsville and back. The rails follow the Verde River through a very scenic section. I rode this train way back in the early 1990s with my Mom and it was fun to do it again. Very good narration is provided along the way, covering history and nature. I liked that many of the cars had full bars (at least first class). Nice touch. :)
Named placeJerome Canyon
Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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Havasu Canyon Trail - Sep 15 2014
Down to the Colorado and back... blah blah.

On the way back out I took a long break on the patio of the restaurant. I was watching the helicopter make multi-drops of people and supplies when, at one point, a stray horse wandered into the landing field (the gate was open). The guys unloading the supplies chased it around the field until it went back out the gate. Then as it was running up the main drag, another resident must have thought it got loose so he shooed it back into another open gate and back into the field. So now these guys are chasing it around the field again but this time they start pelting it with rocks. The horse was panicking and didn't know where to go. Rocks were being hurled at it from all directions. He ended up falling down after a really hard rock hit and it looked like he broke or hurt a leg. He was finally able to limp out of the field and scurried off towards the lodge. So what started off as sort of comical turned into a sad case of animal abuse. At least they learned to close the gates. I noticed afterwards that they were unloading horse feed. I guess they were worried that the skinny, malnourished horse was going to, you know, get something to eat.
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