As a youngster I remember looking through many editions of a magazine called Arizona Highways.
The magazine was full of magnificent pictures of the stunning landscapes to be found in Arizona.
Yesterday my wife and I took a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad (Clarkdale, AZ) and got to see some of this beautiful country up close from the comfort of a first class railroad car with attached open air viewing cars.
The album can be found here. This was one of the most relaxing 4 hour journeys I have taken. I highly recommend it.
Afterwards we had dinner and saw a show at the Blazing M Ranch. It was fun. It was also nice to see a crowd of about 300 pause for saying a personal grace before eating. Taking a moment of silence for a 9/11 memorial and remembrance of our troops and closing the show with everyone singing God Bless America.
This is the America I remember from my youth and the one I love today.
An excellent day indeed!