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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 10, 2014
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Start: Elk Creek Darinage
End: Elk Park--Durango
Daily Distance: 5.4
Trip Distance: 784.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 369
Journal Visits: 26,674
Guestbook Views: 985
Guestbook Entrys: 4

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Inside the Durango Silverton Train

Train into Durango

The final day of my hike ended dramatically. I flagged down the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train at Elk Park next to the Animas River. It was quite a thrill to stop the train, hear the train whistle and continue on my way in a train car on the edge of the Animas River Canyon. It was easy to take a little marked side trail to the meadow where the flag stop was located. I saw a moose traverse the trail in Elk Creek canyon. They were so fast I couldn't get my camera out fast enough. There were two big campsites in the meadow. I got there about an hour early and watched some small railcars doing maintenance work towing spare railroad ties. Walking along the track I saw a lump of coal and couldn't resist taking it as a souvenir, as well as an old rusty railroad spike laying next to the track. I have enjoyed the train rides more than I thought I would. The inbound Silverton train came through and I got an entire video of the train approaching and the whole train as it passed. When the train returned in the other direction going toward Durango, I crossed my arms in a horizontal fashion repeatedly in front of my body to flag the train down when I made eye contact with the engineer as the train came into view at the edge of the meadow. I don't know how they keep the track from falling into the canyon, it is so steep. We traversed the green flats outside of Durango and a huge thunderstorm poured down at the station in Durango. I went to a Mexican restaurant a block (Francisco's?)from the station to get a marguerita and some food and wait for the storm to pass before walking to the Durango Downtown Inn.

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