One thing my family likes to do during family vacations is stay busy. We went hiking. Our latest adventure included the Durango to Silverton Train. It was a great way to see some beautiful sites, explore the town, and make memories by having new experiences. In our group, there were nine adults and six kiddos. Doing anything with that large of a group is sure to make an adventure. We drove a short distance from our resort in Durango, hopped on the train for a two and a half hour ride to Silverton, ate lunch and walked around the town, boarded a bus, stopped at Molas Pass, and headed back to Durango. It was a busy day, everyone was worn out by the end, but it was an experience we certainly couldn’t have had in St. Louis.
When we first got to the train station, we had a short wait. The area was covered in rocks, and if you know anything about the children in my family, they love rocks. They pick out “special” rocks to save, ask every adult to hold them for later, and love searching and sorting for the biggest, shiniest, and coolest rocks. Although William is just 15 months old, he, too, joined in on the rock collection fun.
Look, Momma! A rock!
We put all the rocks in a pile “for later,” and the excitement peaked when we heard the train approaching. I got a quick picture before the adventure began, and we were on our way for William’s first train ride.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year-round adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
The train ride was fun with countless spectacular sites. Everyone’s eyes were glued to the outside, and between all of us, probably hundreds of pictures were taken. We stopped a couple of times, and of course Stephanie captured it perfectly.
Like I said, every sight was spectacular.
When we stopped in Silverton, we were ready to get off. The town was quaint and bustling with people ready to eat, walk, and explore. We snapped a quick photo of most of the group (sorry, Dana and Justin, you missed this one).
We walked around before finding a restaurant that could accommodate our large party. We ended up at the Shady Lady Saloon which was built in the 1880’s and was the last brothel in Silverton. The last madam, known to the trade as Jew Fanny, permanently closed her professional doors in 1947. The food was mediocre, but it filled our bellies and we still had some time before the bus came. We walked some more and ended up on a rooftop of another restaurant. Arm wrestling and other shenanigans took place.
The bus driver suggested stopping at Molas Pass on the way home because of the view. He was certainly correct, and we stretched our legs, snapped some photos, and took in the fresh air for a short time before getting back on the bus.
William with his Yaya and Pops. So lucky.
With the beautiful view in the background, I had to attempt a handstand. It had been far too long since I’ve gone upside down somewhere cool. Not the best, but it worked:
What kind of adventures do you go on during vacations?