Every time I think this has been the best day ever, we have another spectacular event. Today was the Chama train ride. We started out early (again) and walked or carpooled to the train station in town. The first leg of the trip was by bus. We gathered in a chartered bus and headed to Antonita, Colorado where we were to pick up the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. We drove through the Cumbres Pass on the four percent upgrade and picked up the train in Antonito.
This railroad is America’s longest and highest narrow gauge (3 feet between rails) railroad. It is also one of the best preserved railroad museums in the nation. The rail passes over the spectacular Toltec Gorge, the 10015 foot Cumbres Pass and down the 4 % grade back to Chama. When we reached the station at Osier, Colorado, we were pleased to find a dining hall that served really good food. The menu choices were: a full turkey dinner, meatloaf, or soup and salad. The food was plentiful and good. We enjoyed the stop and the chance to relax and view the surroundings. The gift shop at the stop displayed a sign that read, “Shoplifters will have to walk back to Chama” … a good deterrent!
This was an all day train trip. We arrived back at the RV Park around 5 pm. This is to be bonfire tonight. The camp owners re-scheduled this event because we were all going to be out last night. The perfect ending to an exciting day. Tomorrow we head out early on our trip from Chama to Chaco (141 miles). Since we will probably be out of range for my internet provider, I will have to rely on someone to assist me again. The entry may be a little late, but it will be there! Here are some photos of the journey. Do not forget to check the photo site for more.