Mesa Verde and Durango Train Museum
Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
18Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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The first thing he pointed out to us was Shiprock in New Mexico. It sure is a far view! But we are very close the NM here.. As we headed south from Far View the Mike, the interpreter, told us all about the three civilizations that have lived in the area
Our next stop was Navajo Canyon View where we just took pictures from the bus and he told us about the formation of the alcoves in the sandstone. It is in these alcoves that later cultures built their dwellings. Then we stopped at Mesa Top Site to see the big kivas there. He told us more about their beliefs that everything they did was spiritual. Then we stopped at Sun Point View where we could see several cliff dwellings and a Sun Temple which was a very large structure.
Our last stop of the day was at Spruce Tree House where we walked down a very steep trail to see cliff dwellings up close
We went back to Far View for lunch at 1:30. I had corn chowder (really spicy) and salad, Larry had chili and corn bread and Derek had a Navajo Taco. Larry had a bottle of Trippel from New Belgian Brewery. Jose joined us for lunch and he had a Navajo Taco too. We left about 2:15 and got back to Durango at 3:30. Jose dropped a lot of us off in town at the Strater Hotel and then took everyone else back to the hotel. Larry, Derek and I went straight to the Railroad Museum located at the Roundhouse in the train yard. In case you don't know what a roundhouse is, it is a platform that rotates engines and then they can drive into a house (garage) for repairs etc. The house is round because tracks fan out from the platform like the spokes in a wheel. Shortly after we arrived at the museum, an engine came into the roundhouse area. First they dumped all of the ashes into a big pit between the tracks. Then is backed onto the platform and they had to jockey it around a bit to get it perfectly situated
Inside the museum we saw two engines one of which you could climb up into the cab. There was a very fancy car that looked like a Victorian sitting room. There was also a caboose you could go into and a box car set up with an informative video playing. There was a large model train display that was running. For such a small town they did a great job of displaying all the artifacts. We spent the rest of the time until dinner walking on Main Street and shopping. Derek bought a new pair of shoes and Larry got a new pair of Minitonka moccasins which he uses for slippers. Then we went to The Diamond Belle Saloon in the Strater Hotel for drinks. When we walked in, there was a woman playing honky tonk piano. The waitresses were dressed up like saloon girls and it was packed. We were lucky to get seats in the balcony in the back. I got a Margarita, Larry had a Durango Hop Hugger and Derek had the Durango Wheat. When we finished our drinks we went downstairs to the Pullman Room in the Stater Hotel for supper