Monday, February 9, 2009

Silverton to Durango and back


In October 2006 we took a trip to Colorado. The Colorado Rockies are majestic and spectacular. We stayed in a comfortable cabin up on the top of a pass a few miles outside of Silverton. This is the road we took in to town and the train depot.



These are some wild cowgirls getting ready for a shootout! Don't mess with them.



The conductor is helping back the train into town.


This is a narrow gauge train with a steam-powered, coal-fired engine. The railroad arrived in 1881 and the tracks were completed in 1882. Initially used for mining, the train has been running continuously ever since. For more information you can check here.




The train is in the station.



Nowadays the train ride offers a ride through awe-inspiring scenery for us tourists.



Looking towards the front of the train.





The local folks told us there wasn't much of a fall. Ordinarily the when the aspens change, the mountains are awash in gold. Apparently they had a freeze and a storm and all the leaves dropped off in a day. We were sorry we missed the display.




One lone spot of yellow.



A bridge over troubled waters.



Someone has a nice place to live in Durango!



The next day heading back to Silverton.




We woke up to the first snow of the season at our cabin. Weather in the mountains is always unpredictable.



For more shots of a fascinating world, check MyWorldTuesday.

24 comments:

Esther Garvi said...

Wow - I must be your Mountain's biggest fan. Or perhaps number two after you, that is... Your place is soooo beautiful!!! Makes me happy every time.

ewok1993 said...

I thought those rowdy cowboys were ready to pee :)

Nice shots.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a wonderful adventure!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful post, great photos! Thanks for taking us along on the trip! I've always loved time spent in Colorado.

Guy D said...

Those are all amazing shots, the train is awesome and the last pics of the snow are outstanding.

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

imac said...

Looks like you had fun, great shots, and great post

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My---That's one thing I've talked about doing for years and years, going on that train at Silverton... One day I hope to do that...

Can't believe you woke up to snow!!! How beautiful.

Thanks so much for these pictures. Incredible!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Janie said...

Ah, Durango-Silverton. Brings back memories. I love those mountains.
Great shot of the girls gone wild.

Babooshka said...

You could swallow my island in this place. It's spectacular.

fishing guy said...

MM: What a fun trip through the Rockies, they are majectic and you captured them well.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

wonderful post...love silverton and durango. colorado has such special places and the rockies are not like any other mountain range. they are awesome.
have a good week.
erin

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That looks like a fun trip: great way to relive a memory!

Grammy said...

What an awesome train ride. Your photos were great.

SandyCarlson said...

So very beautiful. Such vast space!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

WOnderful shots, Colorado looks stunning

DriveBy said...

BEautiful driveby shots! I keep a blog of photos taken while in a vehicle, would you lend me some? :)

www.trainshots.blogspot.com. THanks!

ViennaDaily said...

Beautiful scenes of the berg! Wow!

W. Latane Barton said...

Oh... I want to go. It looks like such fun.

Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing these. This was a wonderful trip and the photos are great. I love the beautiful contrast of the train in the station....I also love narrow gauge railways.
Smiles

Gardenia said...

Wow, I was transported!

Murtuza / xob said...

beautiful pictures and place! i need to get to colorado...to far too go on a bicycle ;)
thx for your comment on my blog :)

Tess said...

I like the shot of the girls too. Also I love the picture of the island with the bridge leading to it. These are all beautiful pictures. Crazy that the fall leaves all fell in one day!

Lisa Wilson said...

Silverton is a wonderful place!

Carrizo said...

Wow, that trip was interesting. Specially I liked about those train photos. They are very special.

Regards.