12 October 2008

Choo-Choo...


Saturday morning...5:45...The Barenaked Ladies alarm went off, and up up up...to get ready for an early morning departure on The Verde Canyon Railway.

When talking to
Rich about the fun things to do when his family came to visit, the subject of trains came up, because his father is a train enthusiast...Mostly the subject of the train to the Grand Canyon reared it's head, and I interjected that The Verde Canyon Railway would be a more fun and amazing ride, as I have actually been on both of the railways up this way, so I'm totally qualified to make that call. The Grand Canyon train, while nice, pretty much just follows the regular road you take in a car, and the Verde Canyon railway actually gets you right down into the Verde Canyon...which is the next best way to see Sycamore Canyon and Perkinsville, barring taking The Titan on a 3-hour road trip (and I think Rich is feeling a little droved out after this week) or hiking down into Sycamore Canyon on your own two legs...which we've been threatening to do the whole summer...

Only summer is over now.

Oh yes.

After surviving insane wind gusts both Friday (all night, which made for some dusty photos) and Saturday, we all awoke to 25 degrees this morning (23 according to my mom's temperature gauge) I put on an extra down comforter last night, dug out my stripey knit socks, winter clothing and thanked myself for calling the heater guy to come and check out the heating system at Foolsewoode...

Thank you me.
(I may have to get myself a special treat)

Oh...
I think my special treat will be me going back to the gym full time again this week...after taking an entire week off to spend time with Rich's family, and enjoy some much needed time off from work. I'd like to say it was R&R, but I'm not sure we were resting or relaxing...we were more running and roaming instead...and getting to know each other.

We're also gearing up for the gallery opening which is Saturday October 18th at 5 pm...the gallery had it's soft opening today after a lot of construction, moving, hanging and cleaning. It looks pretty amazing, if I may say so myself.

And...this week hopefully I'll find myself getting into a new rhythm with working again, blogging, going to the gym...the usual, but a little different. I'm also feeling a little guilty I haven't checked in here this last week, but I've honestly been exhausted...in a wonderful way, of course, but exhausted nonetheless...and I told Ms. Dina on Thursday night at an impromptu girlie night, that I was worried I was being more of a reporter about Rich's family and the mini-vacation (we did this, and then we did this, and we said...) and less of...well, me I suppose.

I mean, if that makes sense at all?

Who knows? I think I need to sit and stare at the wall for a while...

7 comments:

She sure is strange! said...

I could ride on that train! Wow!!

It is wonderful to read about what you all are doing on this lovely "staycation". I'm really enjoying all of it!

I WILL be joining you back in the gym(or walking trail in my case) this week. Today I bought a shirt(originally $44, on sale for $6.50) and it is too tight across my tummy, dang it! Soooo, I MUST lose 10 pounds and by Thanksgiving!

Molly

Lois Grebowski said...

I love those excursion train rides. They are usually so relaxing!

Hope you have a good week...

TomboCheck said...

I LOVE the Verde Canyon Railway trip. We did the fall colors tour a few years ago and it was a BLAST. :)

Wende said...

Cool photos! I have a train post up today too! :D

Chickenbells said...

SheSureisStrange - It is a great ride indeed...although, I felt more like hiking it after being in the canyon...that and there was so much wind, I think I would have been warmer if I was walking (lol!!)

Lois - It was relaxing and I felt like taking a bit of a nap on the journey back...only the seats weren't as comfortable as one would think.

TomBo - This is my second ride on the train...and if we'd had the cold snap a few days earlier, I think there would have been more fall colors...

Wende - Ohhh...I'll have to run over and check it out...

Anonymous said...

Oh Sadira! The week was filled with "WE" wasn't it! But WE did have a spectacular time together and YOU were a very special part of it! Rose and I loved sitting in the back seat of that Titan talking with YOU about everything imaginable as WE ran and roamed Arizona!

As your life gets back to routine, I wonder which wall you will choose to sit and stare by... the rock wall of the Granite Dells, the aluminum wall of an Airstream, the wall of sock monkeys, the wall with the Cat in the Hat...

... and don't sit too long as WE will be stopping by again this week to take you from the state of "ME" to the state of "WE!"

... if that makes sense at all :)

Yours, Phyllis

TomboCheck said...

^^^^^
Heart warming comment. :)

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