Sunday, October 3, 2010

Train your knitting

When we started our weekend early, leaving Friday morning and heading south, we didn't know there was a little surprise waiting down the road. At first I thought there was a wreck or a fire.

By a miracle of timing, we made it to the small Colorado town of Antonito just as the train was leaving the station. I was thrilled to see it, especially since I've been considering booking a ride on it. Seeing it in motion will help motivate me to make that trip, especially if I can manage it during the peak of autumn color.

This is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a coal-fired, narrow-gauge train that travels through the Toltec Gorge and over the Cumbres pass to Chama, New Mexico. We'd planned to drive through this isolated area in southern Colorado to get a final glimpse of fall color.

Make that a final pow of fall color. The river valley was gorgeous.

The entire Conjeos Canyon was filled with gorgeous-ness. Then, while we were stopped near the pass (to admire yet one more breath-taking view), I heard a faint whistle in the wind.

The train caught up with us. That was the last we saw of it, though. It was on its way to a lunch stop at Osier. We were on our way to lunch in Chama. After a filling meal of tacos and quesadillas, we continued to our destination. You can bet there was wool involved.

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Wool Winder said...

Your timing for a weekend drive was perfect. Beautiful photos of the fall foliage and the train.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful scenery - nice pics.