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Thanksgiving In Durango!

My husband suggested that we should take a last minute trip to Durango, Colorado for Thanksgiving. I had a bunch of stuff that needed to be shipped to Mary in Albuquerque and a road trip to Durango via Mary’s new house seemed to be the perfect excuse! I haven’t been there yet.

So we made some quick hotel reservations, loaded up the truck and headed to Albuquerque.

We arrived in Albuquerque the day before Thanksgiving. Mary’s new house is beautiful! Very remote, contemporary and blends into the New Mexico landscape. There are wild critters everywhere including some wild horses living down the street. This is the entrance to the front door …

I want to save the photos I took for the BIG Moda blog hop starting in February, so this is all you get to see for now.

We started out Thanksgiving Day for Durango. We drove separate cars so that we could split up for the return trip to our homes. There was not much traffic on the roads and the scenery was beautiful!

We arrived early afternoon in downtown Durango for a great Thanksgiving buffet at our hotel.

Day two … had us walking to the train station and riding the famous Durango train into Cascade Canyon. During the winter months the train only goes to this halfway point. During the summer months it goes all the way to Silverton.

All aboard!

That’s Mary’s husband Mark with his signature camera around his neck.

As soon as we got out of town we started climbing into the tall pines …

It’s a lot further down than it looks …

The engine blowing off some steam and a rainbow above the river …

Stopping along the way to fill the water tanks …

And 3 of my favorite people in the whole world on the foot bridge in Cascade Canyon …

My husband Michael is the dude in the black shirt on the left. We had a delicious sack lunch in the canyon under the trees and just relaxed for a bit until we heard the train whistle blast 4 times to signal “all aboard” for the return trip …

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The trip home was even more spectacular!

I loved riding that train! We had so much fun we plan on doing the ride again in the spring with another sister and her husband!

The third day we drove to Silverton and Ouray for lunch …

And split to return home from there …

Great trip and a fabulous way to spend Thanksgiving!

Gobble Gobble … Barb


10 responses to “Thanksgiving In Durango!”

  1. Fran says:

    What a great thanksgiving! I love Durango and the train. It’s a great little town and a beautiful ride. Glad you had such a good time.
    Thanks for your blogs – I enjoy keeping up with all your activities!
    Bon jour –

  2. Karen says:

    what memories this brings to me. I love Durango and we have taken that train ride 3 times over the last 30 years! Thanks for sharing

  3. Vickie says:

    Getting to be with your sister was a lot of fun for you both I bet. My sisters are all spread out, 1 in South Dakota, 1 in Seattle, 1 in South Carolina and me in Texas. When we get together…talk about fun! There’s truly no one else like a sister. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics of her house.

  4. Cathy K. says:

    What a beautiful trip and such memories to treasure!

  5. Christine B. says:

    It sounds like you had a great trip and I am sure it was nice to see where Mary is living now – her house looks lovely! It is nice to share your adventures! Thank you!! 🙂

  6. Michele says:

    Awesome. We are train people too and we will put that ride on our must do list.

  7. S Warren says:

    Sounds like a great trip! You really have to go in Fall when the trees are changing into all those gorgeous Fall colors. That is my favorite time to take the train. I love the Durango train better than any I’ve taken.

  8. Suz Kuhns says:

    I have always wanted to go to Durango. I was a TV westerns fan when I was a kid and people were always going to or coming from Durango. Then I found out about the train! My nephew lives outside Denver and I think I’m going to have to go see him so I can have a good reason to go down to Durango!

  9. Karen Shackleford says:

    Welcome, Mary, to Albuquerque! I love it here. Hope you do too. And Barb, hope you like visiting.

  10. Kate Brown says:

    Marys house looks fabulous! I am so happy for you that you got to go and spend time with her. It must have felt wonderful. Your husband is quite handsome 🙂 🙂 You have such wonderful and interesting adventures!!