On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

We're off!

 

 

 

climbing to 10,000 feet

notice crevice in rock on right

look how close to the edge we rode

 

Haitian minister , wife and railroad owner

 

 

widest empty dirt road I've ever seen

Train heads out for return to Durango

Goodbye Silverton - view from bus

 

 

lower road (snow covered) is remnant of an old stagecoach road


Today was opening Day of the 2014 season of the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The ride is three and a half hours long and once we got out of the city the views were glorious. I was fortunate enough to be sitting behind a geologist who pointed out glacial markings, talked about alluvial rock, and filled me in on his recent job assignment in Brisbane Australia. Behind me was a minister and his wife from Haiti who got a personal welcome from the owner of the railroad company.

Because it was the first train of the season we were met by the Silverton Brass Band. Wonder what they do the rest of the year! There really isn't much in Silverton other than restaurants and gift shops. The dirt roads are the widest I've ever seen . The three hour layover was about an hour too long.

I opted to return to Durango by bus. Once again, the scenery was spectacular. This is something I have wanted to do for quite some time and I am so glad that I finally got to fit it into my schedule - on opening day at that.



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