Rain, Candy and Durango and Silverton RR

Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
Trip End Sep 15, 2013

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I'm going to make this short today as I am very tired from not sleeping well last night.  We got up at 6:30 and had our checked bags out in the hall before 7:00.  We had breakfast and this time they had Palisade Peach Pastry as part of our breakfast.  We left the Inn shortly before 8:00 and drove an hour and a half to Montrose.  We passed the Maverick Gas Station in Delta where we had seen the murals on the walls. Mark told us that Delta is know for its murals and indeed there were many on buildings in town.  When we reached Monstrose we stopped at the Russell Stover Factory and Outlet Store for a restroom break.  There were all kinds of free samples and the biggest boxes of Whitman Samplers we had ever seen.  So we had a bit of breakfast chocolate instead of wine today.  We stopped at a couple of places on the way to Silverton to take pictures of the views.  Even though it was still raining, the views were great.  We got .81 inches of rain yesterday and the local paper called it a monsoon!

We arrived in Silverton just before noon and it was still raining.  We decided on the Handlebar Saloon, think mustache.  It was a very colorful place, both the decor and the people.  When we got there all the tables were full but there were 3 seats at the bar.  Larry and Derek ordered and Handlebar Amber Ale which came in pint jars with a handle.  Then they had the Durango Blueberry Wheat.  They liked both of them.  Larry had a salad and buffalo chili, Derek had a reuben and sweet potato fries, I had a tuna sandwich and vegetable soup.  Everything was delicious.  We had good conversations with the bartender whose family owns the bar and with a local who sat next to Larry.  While they had their second beer, I went to the shop in front of the bar and bought a pair of Navaho Silver Earrings which were on sale because it is the end of the season.  I lost one of my hoops while I have been here.

After lunch we went to put some of our stuff on the bus, get our tickets for the train from Mark, and get on board.  Since we were some of the last ones to get tickets our tickets were for an inside car with windows.  That is where we began our trip.  The lady from our group who sat beside me is from Columbus.  Before long Larry and Derek wanted to move to the open car, remember it's raining.  I went with them and stayed there with them even though I couldn't sit with them.  The open car is only open on the sides so it wasn't bad.  The train ride was 3 1/2 hours long and it was incredible.  It's a good thing we are not afraid of heights because there were several places with sheer drops of hundreds of feet.  Even though the clouds were low and the visibility was bad, it was an incredible experience.  This scenic railroad is rated #3 in the world.  The pictures will tell you more than I can.

We left Silverton at 1:45 and arrived in Durango at 5:22.  Our supper was ready for us next door at The Palace Restaurant.  We had trout, rice, green beans, rolls and salad with vanilla ice cream for dessert.  Everything was delicious!  We got on the bus, got our instructions for tomorrow, and headed to the Hampton Inn.  Mark called our names for our room keys, we got off the bus and collected our carry-on.  We went to the room, skyped with Erin, downloaded pictures, blogged and went to bed.
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