Four Corners – I Hear The Train A Comin’

10 Aug

On this day, we were doing something that I have always wanted to do – ride the train from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. This means a serious climb in elevation to the old mining town that has become a destination for bikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Our car had no windows, but it had a hostess who talked about the stuff we were passing. She also had food and drinks. How can you beat that? Actually, how can you write about it? I will just let the pictures do the talking.

First, there should be a people picture.image-35

Then, there was this.image-36

Oh yeah, we saw this.image-37

Plus, we passed this.image-38

This is my favorite.image-39

When we arrived in Silverton, my stepdaughter’s friend asked, “Why did they put a town in the middle of nowhere?”

I have to admit that I was fired up because that question was right in my wheelhouse. I went into full teacher mode and explained that mining towns were built where minerals were found. That is why many towns in the West appeared where logic says they should never be. Anyway, they probably zoned out before I finished. Besides, we were looking for somewhere to eat.

We found it at the Grand Imperial Hotel.image-41

As you can see from the picture, it started raining. The air got colder. We had to ride back in an open-air train car. For a while, it looked something like this.image-40

As we descended in elevation, the air warmed, and everything returned to normal. Well, my wife and I had our one argument of the trip, but you will read about that in the next post.

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19 Responses to “Four Corners – I Hear The Train A Comin’”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong August 10, 2016 at 02:39 #

    I have ALWAYS wanted to take that train ride. What a great trip!

    • Rick August 10, 2016 at 03:17 #

      It was awesome. You need to get out there and do it.

  2. spearfruit August 10, 2016 at 10:46 #

    Very nice train ride – thanks for taking us with you! Have a great day! 🙂

    • Rick August 10, 2016 at 13:18 #

      You’re welcome. Everyone should do it if they get the chance.

  3. Andrew Petcher August 10, 2016 at 11:01 #

    A trip isn’t complete without an argument!

    • Rick August 10, 2016 at 13:19 #

      Absolutely

  4. John August 10, 2016 at 12:38 #

    Yeah, I think I need to do that.

    • Rick August 10, 2016 at 13:19 #

      It’s awesome

  5. Shutterbugshea August 11, 2016 at 04:20 #

    Awe!!! What a wonderful trip you are having !!! Photos are gorgeous!!!

    • Rick August 11, 2016 at 12:59 #

      Thanks. There’s more to come.

  6. Bantering Ram August 12, 2016 at 12:40 #

    This has nothing to do with this post. Your WordPress profile pic looks very heavy metal.

    • Rick August 13, 2016 at 02:39 #

      I never thought of it that way. It’s actually a piece by a former art student at our university.

      • Bantering Ram August 13, 2016 at 05:26 #

        Just to clarify, I meant it as a good thing. A very good thing 🙂

      • Rick August 14, 2016 at 03:05 #

        I took your comment as a good thing.

  7. jcalberta August 14, 2016 at 02:57 #

    Train used to be my favorite way to go from Calgary to the coast. Comfortable – good food – bar car – can walk around – can sleep – nice scenery. And wasn’t expensive.

    • Rick August 14, 2016 at 03:05 #

      Why used to be?

      • jcalberta August 14, 2016 at 15:34 #

        They shut it down for a while. Then re-opened it as an expensive luxury. Out of my range.

  8. Carl D'Agostino September 3, 2016 at 10:34 #

    In 1985 girlfriend and I took the train along Pacific coast from Seattle to San Diego. It was stunning for someone like me that lived in Miami, Florida almost his whole life. Looking down on trees and clouds when in the Cascades was captivating. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.

    • Rick September 3, 2016 at 23:03 #

      You’re welcome. I always look forward to your drawings as I scan through the blogs that I follow.

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