With coffee in hand, I headed to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train Station. As always, I was early. Like, really early. No one was around but my husband and so I took the opportunity to take some tourist free photos before heading in to retrieve our tickets. The man at the ticket counter looked surprised to see me when I rang the bell and announced a loud “good morning!” I’ve never been much for mornings, but when I travel, that switch is flipped on and I cannot help but be excited to see the world in the early morning.
Then it was boarding time. With over 300 people, tickets in hand, it surprisingly took only minutes to board. Once inside the cabin, I fell in love with the vintage look of the train. The lamps were made to look like old gas lamps, the art was from when the train originally ran in the 1800’s, and there was even a little desk upfront for the porter of each car. There was even a cute car that sold snacks and lunches for those that did not pack one. The well-appointed train drew me in as I waited patiently… well, impatiently, for the adventure to begin.
The open-air train car was wonderful and filled with lots of like-minded people, excited to snap a few perfect pictures of the most amazing scenery. As the train headed deeper into the San Juan Forest, the scenery became even more wonderful, with piles of thick untouched snow covered rocks and frozen over streams. Leaning out the open window, probably more than I should have, I was able to capture some beautiful pictures of the train itself. It was wonderful taking photos, but after a constant stream of cold air hitting my face for over an hour, I was glad to hear the porter announce that we needed to return to our seats.
With our 45 minutes up, it was time to head back to the train and on to our next adventure. Normally, we would have enjoyed another two hour ride back to the station, but not today. We rode the train to the first stop, got off and were immediately greeted by our snowmobile tour guide. But that adventure is for another day and will be the Part 2 of this story.
What adventure are you going to take next? I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment below.