Life, Friends, and Change...

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Sir_Prize, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Life has been in the way of coming by...
    Friends here I've missed...
    Change here has kept me away some (bugs and such) BUT...

    I want to say I'll do my best to come by and say Hi...


    I am headed for ol' Albuquerque on August 9th...
    Want to thank ya'll from my WAY BACK post and yer suggestions...
    Going try and get by Wig-wag and got my Reservations for the Bud Cars on train out of Williams (try to remember things)...
    Also, be staying in a Bud car (I think) in Chinle...
    Parents setup the Motel and Train trip for my birthday...
    Goodness I'll be 37! I think I'm nearing that hill top, things are starting to go faster...sign1

    Hey ain't a couple you folks from Albuquerque... mind a lunch, some chatt'n, and its on me?

    Oh yeah!

    How ya'll are!?!:wave:
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Not in Albuquerque but my brother lives in Williams and works for the railway there. August and September are probably the best times of year to take tat train trip. The land is flat around there and the horizon is a long way off - and august is thunderstorm season and I have seen many a great lightening show from the window of the dome car or the porch of the caboose on the train on the way back from the canyon. There are a few good places to eat in williams after you get off the train - gunfights in the streets and cowboy singers. A bit touristy and hokey, but still fun.

  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I found out after taking the train in Williams that I could have ridden in the dome instead of just in the dome car for $20.00 per person more. This was during the winter off season, so I don't know if the differential is the same in the summer months.

    If you have the time and money to do it, go about 1 hour South of Flagstaff to Clarkstown and ride the Verde Canyon RR. It is a 4 hour ride down the Verde Canyon and back. The scenery is awesome!! The train is arrainged so that every pair of enclosed cars has a "gondola" (actually a flat with benches and a chain link fence as a guard rail) between them. The railroad only sells tickets to the coaches, and you can freely move between the coaches and the gons, stay out in the gons, or stay in the coach.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Been there twice since I was suppose to meet you there Russ. I love that ride. BTW, that's "Clarkdale"...:mrgreen: Best bet, update to first class. There's less people in the car, the seats are plushier and the feed you snacks.:thumb: :thumb:
  5. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Thanks Russ, I recall you mentioning that some time ago. I might still try that one too. We got a day or two we can lengthen our trip.

    EZdays, we tried for the 1st Class $117 a person; but they said it was loaded. I got a pack I carry with things for Pop (diabetic). So, I think we'll be good. Hmmm... You saying the Budd cars lack A/C or snacks?

    Nacho, thanks for the tip on watching for afternnon rain and camera ops. Down here in Florida we can see the rain coming, too. Not as far...we got more trees, but just as flat in places ;-)

    Forgot... We are going to hit Page and one of the Slot Canyons, too.
    Got some family down in Tucson and a neighbor out in Payson... So, it should be a great all-a-round trip. Just hope Ma & Pa keep outt each others hair...hamr
  6. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    On the grand canyon train, all but the harriman coaches have A/C. It's not very hot up there, though. It's a great place to ride with the windows or top down!

  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Beep your horn and wave to all us in the Phoenix area as you pass by going between the Canyon and Tucson.:wave::wave:
  8. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    So, I found out last week that Dad's cousin is in Albuquerque...
    3 blocks from the hotel no less!!!

    Just a little different location wouldn't ya say?!

    Anyways... Things are booked and tickets bought and received.

    Ezdays- You're one of the folks I was hoping to sit and BS with for a spell... I seen you was going be on a trip yer'self at that time though...
    So i guess a wave will have to do.

    Nacho- thanks for the A/C heads up...or would that be sweaty heads up?!

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