In October I dropped the ball on my travel posts. At that time, I shared with you the walking tour I took of historic downtown Durango, and now I'll share with you our train trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway,
First off, let me just say, my kids hated it. We could have driven to Silverton within an hour, whereas the train ride took several and was rather expensive. We were in the first open air gondola which was a big mistake as we were pelted with soot from the engine the entire time. Plus, our trip just happened to be the very day of the World Cup Soccer Finals which my oldest son was none too happy about since he had watched the entire games up until that point.
The railroad was constructed in 1882 to transport silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers realized the remarkable views were well worth the trip, too. My teenage boys would disagree with that, but who can argue with this:
Pretty spectacular. I do wonder about the environmental impact of all that smoke and steam from the engine though.
Silverton itself is a very small town.
We didn't get to explore as we were racing around trying to find a restaurant with a tv (no easy feat) so my oldest could watch the finals. And by the time we were finished, it was time to board the bus back to Durango.
(Thank goodness I hadn't chosen the train for the return trip or I never would have heard the end of it.)
On the way, we came across this little girl selling things she had made.
I have a wallhanging of "Life's Little Instructions" that says: Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards" so I did.
So, that's the tale of the train trip. I thought it would be a good experience; my kids want to forget it ever happened.