Saturday - 45 steaming miles on the narrow rail track, Durango, CO to Silverton, CO
Durango is probably known worldwide as having one of the most scenic narrow gauge lines anywhere, twisting up and up into The Rockies until it reaches 10000ft high Silverton, originally an important silver mining town.
A beautiful 4 hr trip in an open sided carriage, following the fast flowing river with incredible views over the mountain ranges which just get higher and higher - apparently in this area alone in Colorado it has the highest density of peaks exceeding 14 000ft - that's big and we saw over 10 of them.
Started chatting to a Harley guy who had driven across from Chicago averaging a measly 800 miles a day / is that possible?
Strange weather here with not much snow over the winter with the mountains now normally still being covered in snow but it's almost disappeared - this means the ice flow has been minimal which means the river levels are low and everything very dry - they're seeing massive numbers of natural fires across Colorado and saw helicopter ready to take off with bags of water.
And Silverton what a step back in time with a population of just 400 in the winter. Wide empty high streets with iconic western looking property frontages - again a photographers paradise.
Back in Durango just happened to walk into the international award winning photographer Jeff Jessing's studio and fell for some amazing photographs of the area and where I'll be visiting in the next day - most importantly for me on buying any art is to ideally get to know the artist and understand their motivation and if there are good vibes as these are pieces you have to look at and enjoy daily - we you can guess, I got 2 pieces shiped over to Boston .. he he!
Oh yes one of the best meals so far has to be this evening at the cool Cyprus Cafe with a mix of Mediterranean meeting the mountains by well known chef Alison Dance