Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Last Thursday the family loaded ourselves into the car and drove to Durango Colorado for an extended weekend vacation. The drive up was really neat as we were able to see some parts of the country that none of us had seen before.

We stopped in at the four conners monument thingy, which I thought I had been to before (but I was wrong) and snapped a couple of pictures.

On Friday we took the Durango and Silverton train ride. During the summer this train goes from Durango up to Silverton (hence the name). During the Winter (which it still is in the mountains of Colorado) the train only goes about half-way to a place called Cascade Canyon. At that point the train stops and everyone can get off for a short lunch break.

On Saturday we decided to drive up the highway to Silverton. We had heard from some people on the train that there was still a lot of snow on the ground. The drive was very cool (and sometimes very cold) and the scenery was amazing. Silverton did not disappoint.

Silverton is hidden away is a small valley and when you first see it it does not look real. We spent a couple of hours exploring the town, which was mostly closed. Silverton has only one paved road (that we could find).
Sorry for the short write-up. It was a fun trip and higghly recommended.

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