Remember When?

One of my favorite RV related publications is Chuck Woodbury’s e-newsletter that is published free of charge every weekend. I want to talk about Chuck’s publication a little bit and then I’ll move on to the meat of this post – remembering a little slice of my childhood (and maybe yours too!)

Chuck has been a travel writer for over 30 years and although he and his publishing company are based out of the Seattle area, he and his wife are on the road in their motorhome extensively throughout the year while simultaneously managing the 20th year of continuous publication of

If you’re an RV’er (or an RV wanabee) I encourage you to sign up for Chuck’s newsletter that is chock full of RV tips, product reviews, campground reviews, on-the-road stories from contributing writers, recall notices, industry news, and more.

The RV Travel Newsletter is published every Saturday while the News For RV’ers is published every Sunday. Additionally, RV Daily Tips is published Monday through Friday. You can sign up for all or some of the three publications and although sign-up is free, they do also offer an “advertiser free” version for a minimal fee that I think you’ll find to be a great value.

Every time I read one of Chuck’s publications I learn something of value, something that helps us in our full-time RV lifestyle. And sometimes there’s a human interest story or some comic relief thrown in for good measure. This week’s story really hit home with me.

This past week, the story that caught my eye was the story of A.C. Gilbert. Gilbert was the founder of the Mysto Toy Company. Their many products that we played with in the 50’s and 60’s included the Erector Set and American Flyer train sets.

Here’s Chuck’s original post in his January 1, 2021 “Editor’s Roadside Journal“. Be sure to take the time to watch the video – it’s lengthy (about 30 minutes) but you just might see something familiar from the past – I know I did.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you ever played with any of these toys. What do you remember about them?

Riding The Verde Canyon Railroad

This week we took the opportunity to take the train from Clarkdale, AZ up to Perkinsville, AZ.  It was a 2 hour trip up and a 2 hour trip back where we were able to see the beautiful rock walls of the Verde Canyon and learn about early mining history.

Much of the canyon is only accessible by train or by foot, there are no roads up to Perkinsville.

The railway first began making trips in 1912. It was built to support area mines like the copper mines of Jerome. The Sante Fe Railway operated the Verde Canyon line from 1912 to 1989. The line was purchased by the Durbano Family in 1989 who began to offer scenic excursions in 1990. Today, it has become an Arizona treasure that hosts as many as sixty thousand people annually. (more on the history by following this link)

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Here’s a short video showing the engines that pulled the train.  This was shot while we were standing still at Perkinsville waiting for the engines to switch from one end of the train to the other to pull us back to Clarkdale.

Find out more about the town and business of Clarkdale by reading my other post here.

Tuesday to the Grand Canyon

We certainly couldn’t spend any time in the Grand Canyon state without taking a trip up there now could we?

So Tuesday morning we headed out about 9 o’clock and soon found out it’s a lot further “up the road” than it looked on the map.  We stoppped along the way at the little town of Williams, AZ – known as “The Gateway to The Grand Canyon”.  We could’ve spent hours in Williams looking in all the little shops, but we were just ready for a quick sandwich at one of the cafe’s and then back into the car for the rest of the trip up to the south rim.

No sense me going on and on here.  What you really want to see is the pix we took along the way … so enjoy.  Click on any of the individual pix to get an enlarged view. The stone tower, built by Mary Coulter in 1932 was really cool!

NOTE: We WILL be back here at some time and on that visit we will board the train in Williams that departs the station at 9:30 am, then gets up to the Grand Canyon about noon.  Up there you then hop on a park shuttle bus that takes you around all the sites, returning to the departing train about 3pm and back at Williams by about 5:30.  This, I think, would be a more laid back relaxing way of seeing not only the canyon, but also all the magnificent terrain on the way up, (when you’re driving you need to keep your eye on the double yellow line!)