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After the last couple of very hectic and tiring stops, we were looking forward for a little down time at our next stop, a week in Durango. One of the main area attractions was the Durango/Silverton scenic train. Unfortunately, due to the length of the train ride and stop over in Silverton, it was just too long to leave the puppies. The rail line for the train however, went past the front of the RV park at a level crossing, so we would check our watches every time we heard the train whistle of it’s going and returning.

IMG_3165IMG_3174We did however take a drive up to Silverton for an afternoon outing. This was much faster than taking the train. There were a number of scenic overlooks along the way and some spectacular scenery, Coalbank Pass, Molas Pass, Weminuche Wilderness, West Needle Mountains to name a few. We had thought we might drive up the Million Dollar Highway, but again, after having lunch in Silverton and walking around, we had to get back to the rig. I think that by this time, both Lynn and myself were suffering from sightseeing overload.

 

IMG_3196IMG_3191While in Silverton, we had lunch at the oldest bordello in town, now a restaurant. We walked around ‘downtown’, which is basically a one industry town, catering to tourists from the train. Most of the town has been restored to reflect its boom town history as a mining town. With it being after Labor Day and the tourist season drawing to a close, a number of stores were having season ending sales. I bought a walking stick which would be extremely useful while walking around the CARE center at Livingston, testing any fire ant hills to see if they were still active.

 

IMG_3156IMG_3162One afternoon, we made a lunch trip into Durango and walked around downtown. A number of buildings have been restored to reflect the era of Durango's mining boom and downtown in general has been fixed up to cater image of a tourist destination. We ate lunch at T’s Smokehouse and Grill. BBQ ribs weren’t the best, but not bad. Lynn had a smoked portobello mushroom sandwich which was delicious. On another day trip, we went to the post office and had lunch at Fireside Pizza. Really good brick oven pizza.

Another lunch trip, our destination was ‘Seriously Texas BBQ’, on the north side of town, not too far from the RV park. They have locations in Colorado and New Mexico. Now that was good BBQ!!!

IMG_3219The next leg of the trip eastbound, was to tackle the famed Wolf Creek Pass.

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