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Jerome AZ is a former copper mining town, now an upscale ghost town
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The views of the Verde Valley from Jerome are spectacular
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They serve good eats at this haunted eatery . . .
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Many of the old buildings remain, and have been repurposed to suit the tourist trade
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Inside Jerome's old Liberty Theatre, a pipe organ awaits restoration
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The theater has many displays of movie stuff . . .
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There are several old projectors
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And lots of kitch
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We're always drawn to glass-blowing
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This glass artist looks about as frenetic as when we saw him last time
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Decorative ironwork protects some of the old building spaces
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The Grand Hotel sits atop the highest point in town, and commands spectacular views (and prices)
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View from the Grand Hotel . . .
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Looking back toward Jerome, the Grand Hotel is the building on the upper right
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Old mining gear is displayed at several points around the area
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Judy liked these fun designs on this restroom wall.
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At the Blazin' M Ranch, folks took wagon rides behind a noisy antique tractor
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We mostly wandered the western village shops
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Al found somebody who looks more deteriorated than he . . .
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The bar with these distinctive stools serves Sasparilla and ice cream
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We've never seen such a magnificent Tom, all puffed up to impress his ladies
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Nice miniature horse looking for some affection . . .
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All those people got to get food before we did . . .
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The musicians were quite good, and performed lots of cowboy music
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And there was the clown, named Otis
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Next day, we rode the train . . .
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Very attractive train station, mostly filled with a gift shop
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An old rail car housed a museum of sorts with train stuff
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The train itself runs cars from the 50's or earlier
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Great sculpture in the waiting yard . . .
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Picture of a poster in the station showing the train in the canyon
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Nothin' fancy . . .
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There are several old cliff dwellings along the route
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Lots of train in front of us . .
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The canyon is spectacular from the inside . . .
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It's been Turtle Rock as long as anybody can remember
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We imagine this would quite peaceful if the train weren't there
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The red rocks are wonderfully sculpted
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Great tree - eagle's nest upper right.
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Headed for Meteor Crater, snow on the mountains near Flagstaff
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At Meteor Crater, must have been a caravan of rental motorhomes
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The largest known fragment of the meteor that made the crater - about 1440lbs
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Overlooking the visitor center from the crater rim
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The exuberance of youth
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Some were more contemplative
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A panorama of the whole crater, Judy on the left
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The crater wall is estimated to have eroded about 40ft over the years
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Lots of observation areas
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Remnants of the unfruitful mining operations at the crater bottom
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Our Oregon Connection . . . .
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The museum has many displays about other famous impacts
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Walking tour groups are smallish . . .
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On a walking tour, a guide stands where Judy wouldn't
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Photo ops for folks with good balance
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But not us . . .
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The impact origin was proven by the existance of mineral formations only formed by impacts
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This fragment of the crater meteor was stolen from the museum in 1966, and finally returned in March of 2009
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Approaching Sedona through Oak Canyon, many fine views
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The red rocks around Sedona are fascinating
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Don't like the view? Turn around - there's another
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The town abounds in views
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Sedona from above . . .
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It's easy to see why folks are captivated by this place
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Our lunch stop. The name made it mandatory
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View from the restaurant parking lot
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Look very close and you'll see climbers on those rocks
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The famed Chapel of the Holy Cross is a spectacular building
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Interestingly, it's not used much for religious services. But they have a HUGE gift shop
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Mass and other services are held in town . . .
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Apparently a private home, near the Chapel of the Cross
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We checked Google Earth - it wasn't there 2 years ago
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Everywhere you look . . .
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There's no Apache word for "Cherry". So they named it "Sweet Red Round" on the reservation
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We like the delightful Verde Valley Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood . . they do have services
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We'll end on this spectacular sunset over our campground.