Friday, July 25, 2014

Canyons, Canyons Canyons.

We were having so much fun exploring the Canyons of Utah, I was too tired to sit down at the end of the day and work with the pictures we took. How do you narrow down over 2500 pictures into a handful for a blog.  I just couldn't. So here are a few pictures from Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Canyon Lands, Arches and Needles................. Please remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them.

We took the Zion Tram to see a portion of the canyon that is not open to traffic. But the rest of the time Joe drove our car.  

The five days we were there the temps during the day ranged from 100 to 106 degrees.  Nights cooled off to high 80's One night even with the a/c on I couldn't sleep. I looked at the outside thermometer and it was 92 degrees at 2:30 in the morning.

We have an America The Beautiful Senior pass. It's the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass and boy have we used it!!

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park.  This seems to be one of Joe's favorite ones because he sure took enough pictures of it!


Wednesday we moved on to Durango, Colorado in preparation to ride the Narrow Gauge Durango to Silverton Steam Engine Train    And what a ride it was!!

Letting passengers off so they could do some river rafting on the Colorado.

 For a round trip to Silverton a fireman shovels about six tons of coal per day!

The train takes on water twice going up the mountain to Silverton. On a round trip, ten thousand gallons of water are used to produce the steam to power the locomotive!

 An old abandoned mine

Three trains a day go to Silverton from Durango. Here, Our train has just arrived and the 2nd train of the day is about to leave.  The 8:00 am train is already on its way back down the mountain. So it is a little chaotic to say the least. People milling around, looking for a place to eat (there are plenty) and places to spend their money on gifts (plenty of those too)

We ate at Natalia's 1912 restaurant.  We had a lunch buffet and felt we got our money's worth. Even though they were very busy, the service was great. Three trains, with approximately 300 passengers each , needing to eat somewhere,  between 11:00AM and 2:00 PM........ I think the key there is, there were plenty of eateries and plenty employees to take care of everyone quickly.

Some rode the train up and the bus back to Durango. Same price either way.

Taking on more water.  I want to add here, at the beginning of the trip, we were warned that there was a possibility tiny hot cinders from the engine could get in our eyes if we didn't wear some type of protection. The lady in front of us, had sun glasses but didn't have them on and did get one in her eye. With eye wash, she was OK but the conductor said there have been instances when the person would have to go to the medical clinic in Silverton to be treated before getting on the train back home.  We were in a coach but all the windows were open and she had been sticking her head out the window to see better and take pictures.

I don't have a clue how deep the canyon is but I can tell you it terrified me to look out the window over the edge down into that canyon..... Joe took most of the pictures 

Beautiful, Beautiful, scenery coming and going.