Both Bev and I thought it was a bit overpriced, but as Craig would say "the dollar isn't what it used to be!"
We opted for the First Class coach which included access to both a comfortable enclosed car and an open car where a guide pointed out the features that we passed. Craig had a good time taking lots of pictures.
Near the start we passed several Native American dwelling places from 400 to 900 AD. None of them seemed very tall, more sleeping places than walking-around-in places.
Sometimes the train was quite close to the rocks, at other times they were quite distant. The Verde River accompanied the tracks most of the time.
A few sandstone expanses interrupted the red rocks.
Most of the Western US seems to be composed of layers.
The ability of cactus and other plants to grow in rocks is amazing.
Th train went over several trestles and through a dark tunnel, but we've omitted those images in favor of the scenery.
Bev and I found the first class seating quite comfortable. Although I have not been drinking alcohol for the last month or so, Craig and I shared a bottle of Chardonnay. The view out the window is the ranch land where the engines are brought around for the ride back.
On the ride back the sun had gone lower, which made some of the scenes look better.
The ride is about four hours long.
[From Craig] Shooting pictures from a train is much easier than on a hike :-)
On Thursday we drove 100 miles northwest to Williams. From here we will drive the Jeep up to the Grand Canyon for a day trip, possibly Sunday. Other than that, the next few days are devoted to rest and chores around the rig. I am also looking forward to using the heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub.
The weather is going to be a bit cold for the next few days, with possible snow on Sunday. I hope we can see some snow in the Canyon.