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Published: April 18th 2017
It’s 6:30 AM and I’ve had another great night sleep. Yah, Kirsten is still asleep.
Just like yesterday I go into my stealth mode and get cleaned up and dressed.
I’m out the door without disturbing her at all…NOT. I get myself a cup of coffee, sit down and begin updating my blog. Once Kirsten and Drew have had their coffee, we are ready to go.
We’re out the door and off for a day of exploring Arizona, Kirsten is the navigator and instructs Drew where to go. Flagstaff is about 2-3 hours away if you take the interstate. Well you know Kirsten, if there is a back road we’re going to take it. So, we set our sights on Sedona via backroad AZ Hwy 89. Sort of like route 66.
After an hour of cruising and enjoying the views, we stop at these huge granite formations. They are called The Granite Dells. WOW! We park and take a 30-minute rest which turns into a 45-minute hike. It was easy and cool, we found a group of folks scaling the side of the dells and watched them for a few minutes.
As we continued toward Sedona,
we went over a mountain into the copper mining town of Jerome. We stopped at the state park and had our wonderful Easter picnic. About half way through lunch I told Kirsten we’ve been here before. Of course, she says I’m crazy, but I believe we had.
After lunch, we’re back into the car and over another mountain with more hairpin curls than a beauty parlor. Drew did a great job driving us over the mountain.
We arrive in Sedona and it’s like Gatlinburg TN. Yep! We park and walk around for an hour or so and finally stop and get ourselves a beer. We sat at an overlook admiring the red rocks and enjoying the beauty.
Again, we’re back into Drew’s car and off to Flagstaff to catch the train to LA. Our train leaves Flagstaff at 8:57 pm and we arrive at the station right around 5 pm.
We say our good byes to Drew and thank him for a wonderful weekend. Off he goes, back to Phoenix, this time taking the interstate all the way home.
We drop our bags at the train depot and Kirsten and I are off to explore
Flagstaff for the next 3 hours. We walk the old town and go through the shops enjoying looking at everything. After an hour were hungry and ready for some dinner. We decided on the Flagstaff Brewery & Restaurant. The food was ok.
After dinner, we return to the train depot pick up our bags and wait for our train. Kirsten is getting more excited by the minute. The train arrives around 9:08 pm 6 minutes late. Not a German conductor Kirsten says.
We get on car 330 and our roomette is number 4.
Now the name roomette sounds so cute, romantic. That’s because it is itty-bitty. Your restroom is down the hall and down the stairs. The shower is next to the restroom.
I’m on the upper bunk and Kirsten is on the lower. It’s like camping without the mosquitoes.
Kirsten has a softer bed than I and she has a window. Me…. I’m sleeping in a capsule. The ceiling is 12 inches from my face and I have this safety harness to keep me from falling out of the bed.
It’s a good thing I was so tried I fell asleep and
only woke up when the train bounced through a rough intersection. Which seemed like every 30-45 minutes.
We had a great weekend with Drew we’ll miss him. Now….On to our train adventure.
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