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Durango Silverton Train Ride

Colorado mountains in the fall are about as spectacular as they get and this week I experienced them at their very best, from the vantage point of a rocking, swaying, chugging, vintage steam engine train!

My mother-in-law and her friend Nancy joined me in this adventure and we were amazed at the brilliant fall colors, of orange, yellow, brown, green and gold.

Colorado Aspens

The train is a vintage 1800’s steam-powered coal train that starts in Durango and travels into a mountain valley that can only be accessed by train. No cars, roads, houses, highways, gas stations and no people, just mountains, rocks, rivers, and animals much like God created them years and years ago.

You board the train in the morning and head into the valley and for the next three and half hours you are  treated to some of the most spectacular mountain views available in the States. At Silverton you get to shop and lunch before boarding for the return trip.

The rhythmical rolling and rocking of the train is mesmerizing, the pine smells of the forest are enticing but the views are breathtaking.

I have to say that as I got to travel back into time I kept thinking about the grand beauty of God’s creations. I felt a bit small as I tried to take in the miles and miles of unspoiled and untouched mountains.  God is truely magnificent.

(click on the link Train Ride for a short video clip)

Train Ride

As I enjoyed the view I tried to take time to thank God for the opportunity to share this day with people I love, and to give thanks for the blessings in my life. I am guilty of being too busy with the day-to-day stuff in life, and I am not good at taking quiet time to reflect and give thanks.  While I rode the train and I tried to do both.

The words of the great John Denver song kept ringing in my ears:

“He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below

He saw everything as far as you can see

And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun

And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams

Seeking grace in every step he takes

His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand

The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high

I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky

You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply

Rocky Mountain high”

I guess I was “Rocky Mountain High in Colorado”

So my friend, I ask you, “what’s next on your list?”

Hidden Waterfall

Train in Action

Amazing Views

Rocky Mountain High

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Comments

  1. Bucketlistblogger says:

    Thanks! I enjoyed your movie reviews!

  2. Bucketlistblogger says:

    Thank you!

  3. Bucketlistblogger says:

    Aaron, thanks! I am glad you are enjoying my adventures!