Driving Auburn Speedster to Durango 2015

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15 Aug 2015 21:36 #30066 by jhcarlady
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Today we decided to take a drive from Durango to Siverton. Just out of Durango we spotted the Narrow gauge train steaming down the tracks.



We drove up ahead and spotted this crossroad and decided to cross and wait for the train.



A little farther up the road we spotted the water tower and decided to wait for the train again. Mike got several great shots of the train coming toward him.



At this point we decided to take a side road. We are no longer traveling along the railroad. The side road was short lived. It wound its way back to our highway.



We begin the gradual climb twisting through the winding upward grade through to mountains to Silverton. It was cool in the early morning hours. This area is called the Switzerland of America.





There are all kinds of places where you can go trail riding, with horses, 4 wheelers, and motorcycles.



Once we reached Silverton we decided to reverse and go back to the hotel. It was getting warm by then. We had originally thought about making the whole scenic loop but decided it was too big of a trip for a day.




This is a hot spring that was along the highway.



Upon arrival back to the hotel we saw that several of the trip participants are rolling in. Opening banquet is tomorrow night.

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16 Aug 2015 21:06 #30075 by jhcarlady
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Today was a free day as people are still rolling in. We drove to Mesa Verde National Park. We decided not to do the actual tour as we will be doing it later in the week. It was a nice drive with a couple friends. We stopped for breakfast and lunch before returning to the hotel around 1PM. While we were parked at the Denny’s for lunch we had a constant crowd around the car.


View traveling home / Howard’s leading the way!



Ski range



Here’s a free range cow that we saw while traveling a back road.



Folk Art



Folk Art



Petroleum Pollution



Indian marketing along the way.



Very nice windmill along the way



Motel Sign – very typical around here


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17 Aug 2015 05:54 #30078 by Tom Georgeson
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Joan,

Another wonderful series of pictures and info. Thanks, keep it up as I really enjoy your write ups.

Have you had any good artichokes lately? Stop by and we will have them ready for you.

Tom

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18 Aug 2015 02:59 #30088 by Joel
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Mike and Joan,
I really enjoy yor road trip posts! Thanks for sharing your adventure. I want to do that when I retire.

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18 Aug 2015 04:28 #30090 by jhcarlady
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Today was the first day of actual touring. Our tour covered 237 miles. We drove south to New Mexico and then west for a coffee stop in Aztec, NM. A group of us decided to go to the Aztec ruins there. After our tour to the ruins, we proceeded to Four Corners Monument passing through Farmington and within a few miles of the Shiprock monolithic rock structure. I never got a good picture of it. It was on the wrong side of the car and since we were traveling as a group we could not stop. Four corners , the only place in the USA where four states meet is maintained by the Navajo Nation Parks Dept. Lunch was at the Elks Lodge in Cortez, CO. We skipped the visit to the Anaszi Heritage center but plan to go there tomorrow if there is time. It was very hot today, and the trip was exhausting.








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18 Aug 2015 04:29 #30091 by jhcarlady
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Tom we think of you every time we have artichokes! We are planning to go to the Western Meet this year...hope to see you there!

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