All Aboard! Better Than Brad Pitt
As mentioned yesterday, we drove up to Clarkdale to take a train tour up the Verde River Canyon, a 4-hour round trip. The weather was warm and sunny, and the scenery was spectacular. A couple of bald eagles were spotted, which got everyone excited except for the Vancouver Islanders, who thought “Eagle Shmeagle, come to the Comox Valley sometime!” For every train passenger car, there was an outside viewing car, which is where we spent our time on the way up to Perkinville. On the way back, we relaxed inside, listening to the recorded commentary, along with every song ever recorded containing the word “train”. For the Canadians aboard, they even played “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” by Gord Lightfoot. The only thing that marred the experience was the last song, “God Bless the U.S.A.” I couldn’t seem to find anything about trains in the lyrics. Anyway, here are a few photos:
After we returned to the campsite, we decided to walk up to the rather nondescript restaurant at the top of the hill leading down into the campground. It is perched over the river and is aptly named the “Up the Creek Grill and Bar”. We had driven past it every day and noted that there was always a ton of cars parked in front. Appearances are definitely deceiving; it was very nice inside, with quite a varied menu, and we had some of the best food we have ever had (how can you not like a place that features a dessert named “Better than Brad Pitt”?) We had a chance to chat with the chef, who has never taken a cooking class in his life and is also a concert pianist. What a hidden jewel this place is! A perfect end to a great day.