we loaded up and drove to Durango, which was about a hour and half away....
For this part of the trip, we would not be visiting a National Park, but seeing a bit of American ingenuity....the Million Dollar Highway and riding the Durango to Silverton Railroad.
|an overlook on the drive to Durango|
Wise choice, Melissa.... I tell you why in a while, but what a fun and beautiful adventure!
It was cool verging on cold up on the mountain, an anomaly for the trip, as we had been experiencing unseasonably warm weather up to this point, but we were prepared and it actually felt quite nice. We finished out off road adventures in time to have lunch in Silverton. I tried elk for the first and last time. icky. It is too gamey for me.
|The Train leaving Durango as we were catching our van|
|A shop in Silverton...|
In winter, the snow piles up to the upper windows!
|Fall in the Rockies....|
|Off Road Advenutres|
|I love Quakies in the Fall!|
|Lone Wildlife sighting..|
The bow hunt has started 2 days before!
|up Minnie Pass|
|an abandoned mining structure|
|about halfway up, an old mining shaft entrance|
Now it was time for the train...
|ALL ABOARD!!! Our coach was the 2nd one back.|
Very, Very Slowly
|Water Break for the Train|
Looking at the scenery,
the rocking of the train,
trying to figure out how to get good photos from a moving train,
and hanging out with other passengers...
|Go, Engine Go!|
I think I can, I think I can...
|looking back from our car..|
my excitement had left the train.
I was sticking my camera out the window and hoping for good shots,
at the multiple stops, I was sticking my head out the window for specific shots,
and I was tired of the rocking....
|the inside of our cell, oops I mean car.|
a brief lunch break...
then 4 plus hours back down the canyon.
I am SOOOOOOOOO glad we did the jeep/train adventure!!!!!
It was a long, but mostly enjoyable day.....
and not in a good way.