Author: Marie Abrams
Date of Trip: June 2010
Hope all can enjoy the summer as we did cooling off in Colorado. We went on a 125 yr old narrow gauge RR from Durango to Silverton Colorado which was very impressive. There were over 30 films from 1948 to 1992 starring Jimmy Stewart,John Wayne,Clark Gable,Debbie Reynolds,Richard Widmark,Robert Redford,Paul Newman,James Garner,Henry Fonda,Gregory Peck,Lionel Barrymore and more Like Around the world in 80 days, Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid in 1968,National Lampoon’s Vacation which our’s was not as dramatic in 1983 and City Slickers with Billy Crystal in 1990
We drove the San Juan scenic skyway through million dollar hwy and red mountain pass at 11,008 ft which was very nerve racking, and back down to Telluride where Opray Winfried lives throug Lizzard Head Pass at 10,222 ft, whipped down too fast to see Opray though. Swam in the Hotsprings of Ouray at 101 degrees as we watched the snow on Mt. Snuffles which is called the Switzerland of America which looks just like the Matterhorn or Zermatt. Ridgeway is the newest and nicest state parks, We even rode the white water as we went rafting with a guide! We enjoyed the family trip camping at an rv park that was right on the trolley stop into Durango which made it most convenient. Durango houses very fit.active individuals who are avid fans of hiking, biking,fresh air, sunshine bathers,river rafting,jogging which was a challenge for some not used to the altitude. The restaurants,shops, art galleries, dinner theatres, parks, museums, concerts, all over numerous options for entertainment and family activities for all.