I am in my room at the hostel here in Silverton. Its a cool 47 degrees in town and not much warmer here in my room. No room heater! Going to be a cold night low is going to be around 30.The train arrived in Silverton around 12:30 this afternoon, I found the hostel and checked in, I am the only one here this time of year. They said it doesn't start getting busy until Memorial Day weekend. So I have to hostel to myself besides the owners.After I checked into the hostel, I walked around town then up onto a old miners road leading to some of the mines on the hillside above town. Took lots of pictures of the town from above.Took many images on the train coming in today. Here are some of them.
Me, on the train this morning May 7th
Like a view of Switzerland, SE Silverton
SW Silverton looking towards Animas Canyon the way the train came in.
Central Silverton looking up at Kendall Mountain 13,065', that's 3760 feet higher than Silverton.
Photo shop, downtown Silverton and a Penny Farthing bicycle
The steam locomotive I came in on, the orange passenger cars tothe rear. Taken about 12:45 pm
Pulling into Silverton
Water tank along railway
Blowing off water vapor in Animas Canyon
Approaching Animas canyon cliffs, Animas River below
Old wooden box cars along siding slowing rotting awayAlso saw a Big Foot fellow walking along the way, just south of Silverton. (yes! someone dressed as it)I am staying till tomorrow afternoon when the train departs for Durango at 2:20 pm. I will see more of downtown tomorrow.Gary
That place is so friggin' cool!
Back in my corporate days we had a company trip to Beaver Creek that included a bus ride to Silverton. The views from the road were amazing, but I'm betting the train was even better. Glad you are enjoying your migration even if you aren't on the bike Gary!
Took these on the way back from Silverton
Train pulls into Silverton at noon Monday
View of Animas River from train
Crossing a trestle over the river
Wild flower vine and close walls
More close canyon sides
Coming on waterfall
Next to it
The Needles District of the central San Juan Mountains from Silverton
It was a great trip! I recommend the train trip to anyone seeking adventure.
Was too early for much wildlife, saw a hen turkey yesterday on the way back from Silverton, saw Meadowlarks, Robins and Ravens. Walked along the Animas River in eastern to western Silverton yesterday. The day before I walked up a short way up a mountain on the north side of Silverton to take better pictures of the town and surrounding mountains. Did a little window shopping as well both days.
The Mountains are calling, and I must go...John Muir
It is an amazing place. The road to get there is not for the faint of heart. I have not ridden the train but have always wanted to. The White Pass and Yukon is a pretty great RR and the only one that is maybe in the same league with the one you were on.
I bought a season pass for the train, so I can ride any day from now to the end of December. Plan to ride a couple times a month to see it in different weather moments.
It was 45 degrees there in Silverton on Sunday when I arrived and later in the evening it sleeted.
It was cold and raining when we left town yesterday 47 degrees. By the time we rolled back into Durango it was in the 60s and sunny again.
Same weather in Nevada until the last two days. We are still getting snow in the mountains all around the valley.
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