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Look Up in 2010! Rattlesnake Rock In Arizona's Verde Canyon

Rattlesnake rock is only visible from the open car.

As the Verde Canyon Train snaked its way north through the valley from Clarkdale, hugging the canyon wall, I was definitely not in my seat!  The vistas from the comfortable passenger cars are spectacular, but you can't look up

Switching ends with the Engines at Perkinsville in the Verde ValleyBetween the enclosed passenger cars on the Verde Canyon Railroad are open flat cars where amateur photographers such as I could look up to the canyon's rim to capture views unseen by the less adventurous. 

It was cold the day after Christmas in the canyon!  Inside the heated passenger cars, armchair travelers lounged in comfortable seats, looking out the windows, but enjoying only a small part of what the ride has to offer.

Not one of them looked up; from where they sat, there was no view in that direction--nothing to see.

Some took photos through the glass, and were satisfied.  Others fell asleep, lulled by the click of the rails, the comfort of the car, and a glass of wine. 

Not me!

2010 is here, my friends.  The real estate market has limitless opportunity if we'll just get ourselves out of our comfort zone.  Look up and around! 

Make some new friends and cultivate new business relationships on Active Rain.  We're closing in on 170,000 members!  Are you spending most of your time with the same 15 - 20 Rainers?  Look up!

Look for perspectives in your business that are available to all, but captured only by the relative few who make the effort.

 

 

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Comment balloon 22 commentsMike Jones • December 31 2009 05:40AM

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Hi Mike, any snow on Mt. Lemmon? Happy New Year.

Posted by Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors (Weichert Realtors) over 9 years ago

Frank,

They're still skiing up there!  Happy New Year, and thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike,

What a wonderful way to say stand-up and look around!

Remove our self-imposed blinders!

There are alternatives, if we expose ourselves!

There's life, beauty, and opportunity out side our securty box, living life to the max' not just ridding through it!

That by not looking up, like cows waiting for milking all your going to see is the moon and the ... dumping on you!

That experience life through the glass is not the same as swimming with the sharks!

Or are you simply saying look at the rock snake head about to strike.

I think I know the answer. I pick my friends well and try to find more.

 There's no ambiguity in you conclusion;  "Look for perspectives in your business that are available to all, but captured only by the relative few who make the effort."

Happy New Year!

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago

Mike, I am like you. I can't sit still when there are places to go and things to see. You wouldn't believe how many times I have hiked so far I didn't know if I could hike back -just because I needed to see around the next corner.

Here's to looking up in 2010 and taking advantage of all the opportunities we are given.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) over 9 years ago

Mike this is a great message to all of us....Happy New Year!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 9 years ago

Rebecca,

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Deanne,

Amen to that!  I see that you actually do find your way back, though, and that's good.

Bill,

Thanks for commenting; you're an Active Rain treasure!  Happy New Year to you & Brenda!

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike,

Thanks for the post.  A little adventure is good for the soul. Look what you would have missed if you didn't venture out.  Have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 9 years ago

"Not one of them looked up; from where they sat"

While we move dilgently forward into the new year...this is a good reminder that focusing "dead ahead" can keep us from seeing the opportunities that surround us!  Great photo Mike.

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 9 years ago

Kent,

Thanks for commenting; I appreciate knowing you!

Dorie,

Same to you!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Great shot, Mike, wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago

Glad you had a good time. Next time.... Meanwhile, HNY

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 9 years ago

Mike - The glass is half full here. Each day is an opportunity to put on a new shirt. Your post is a solid message to open perspectives around us. Thanks and Happy New Year

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

wishing you and your entire family all the best for 2010!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

I'm thinking that that rail trip may have to become a part of our Arizona trip!  That looks like fun!  Happy New Year, my friend!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 9 years ago

Mike,

Nice anology of what it will take to be a success in 2010 when using the picture of Rattlesnake Rock.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 9 years ago

Happy New Year Mike - Keep posting those great pictures. It's always one of my first reads of the day.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike!  I can SO see everyone taking it easy and you running from end to end to get to the best window to snap a fabulous shot!  I would be doing the same thing.  If I ever leave without my camera, I feel LOST--and that is exactly the time that I think I've missed the best photo that I could have ever taken too!

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Debe,

That's why I subscribe to your blog.  Happy New Year to you and yours!

Larry,

Will do!  Happy New Year!

Don,

Same to you, my friend!

Carol,

It certainly was, and you'll love it!

BarbaraJo,

Thanks, and the same to you in this New Year!

Claude,

Happy New Year.  Things are looking up in North Carolina, I'm hearing!

Ann,

Love your snowman!  We had a great time up in your area, and we can see why you love it so much!

Teral,

I hope your Christmas was fantastic, and wish you a Happy New Year!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

And I, yours!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

I can't believe you didn't invite me to go on your rail journey with you. Well! I know where I stand with you! LOL

Happy New Year!

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 9 years ago

Wow, I did not know about Rattle Snake Rock!  That is very cool looking.  Maybe the Dbacks should use it. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

Do you know if there is another way to get to Rattle Snake Rock, besides being on the train?  (I typed rattle snack, it's ok, tastes just like chicken)

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

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