We arrived in Williams, Arizona on September 13th. The Railway RV Ranch, a Coast to Coast park, was recommended by the Blocks who visited here just a month or two ago. The big attraction was the Grand Canyon Railway Train that goes back and forth between Williams and the Grand Canyon (about 60 miles). On Saturday, we rode coach in refurbished cars that were built in the 1920s. The rest of the cars were circa 1950s and 1960s. The entire crew works very hard at making it a fun trip for the passengers. Before boarding the train, we were treated to a staged (and funny) gunfight at the train station and on the return trip the same gang staged a train robbery. The train left the station at 10:00 a.m. and arrived at the South Rim at noon. We had three hours before boarding again at 3:30 for the return trip back. Although there were additional tours on buses available at the Grand Canyon, we opted to have lunch at the hotel there and then walk as much as we could. Needless to say the scenery is spectacular. Its almost impossible to capture the grandeur with a digital camera, but we tried.
|The tourists||Terry with the train robbers|
|Grand Canyon Railroad Train||View of Grand Canyon|
|Train in route||Terry at Grand Canyon|
|Singer on Train||Gerry at Grand Canyon|
During our walk, we talked to a young lady from Turkey who had just completed a 3-day, 24-mile hike from the North Rim where she had been working in the park. If we had more time in the area, we might have considered doing it as well - for about 3 seconds, that is.