Blizzard on a Train!

Well, maybe not a blizzard, but pretty close! As our Girl Who is Always Hungry said:

We started out in fall and ended up in winter!

I recently blogged about our upcoming trip on the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad for its Fall Photo Weekend Special. Today was the day! We anticipated an adventure made perfect by gorgeous autumn weather and Crayola-colored aspen trees lighting the way along the special 3-hour version of this storied train ride above the Arkansas River Valley, starting in the quaint old town of Leadville, Co.

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Looking down the street from the depot; the sky is indicating some bad stuff might be coming down
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The depot

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It was an adventure, all right.  But we lost autumn in the first ten minutes of the trip. It was a winter adventure. In fact, we were joking that we got the Winter Photo Weekend Special for the same price as the Fall one.

fullsizeoutput_170aI was wearing jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, a vest, a heavy Eddie Bauer leather jacket, a scarf and a hat with ear flaps, and even with all that, I would be hard-pressed to think of another time I’ve been so cold. The aspen trees have been cold, too, and many of them dropped their leaves early in protest.

It started snowing about 45 minutes into the 3-hour journey, and never stopped.  It is September 30! And these weren’t just gentle little flurries; there were great big, wet snowflakes landing on our faces. The sky wasn’t just gray, it was umpteen shades of gray. (but not 50 – don’t go there).

Our next-gen millennial newlyweds took a video to document the snow situation.

But it was so much fun. There was hot chocolate. There were families, and dogs, and a tour guide with lame jokes that were funny simply because they were so lame.

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The tour guide was also the ticket-taker, a charming and self-deprecating 20-year old with a bright future
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A very nice Burnese Mountain Dog, perfectly “suited” for the weather (I’m no stranger to lame jokes, myself)
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The Best Eater, the Girl Who’s Always Hungry, yours truly, and the Grill-Meister (see how cold we look!!!???)

Even though the skies were gray, we took home some nice photo memories of the trip.

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Check out the gray clouds coming in over the top of the mountain

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Our next-gen millennial newlyweds, the Best Eater and the Girl Who’s Always Hungry; that’s the Grill-Meister waaaay behind them on the track

Would we do this trip again? Heck, yeah! Would we maybe wait to buy our tickets until we checked the forecast? Maybe. The bottom line is that life is an adventure, and you can’t schedule it perfectly every time. Sometimes, it’s ok to get cold, and wet, and miserable, then come home to a big, hot, toasty fire at Little House in the Rockies and make inside-the-cabin s’mores.

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Watch this space for more adventures, and a post about our spring excursion on the train.

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3 thoughts on “Blizzard on a Train!

    1. I think you are likely to get snow no matter what! It snowed 2 1/2 inches in this area the day we arrived, but melted before we got here. The fall colors are mostly gone from the Leadville train and next Saturday is its last run for the season, but the Georgetown Loop runs until October 15, and since it is further east, it probably will be in “full bloom” (leaf-wise). Here’s the link: https://www.georgetownlooprr.com . You’ll have to share your pics, whatever you do! Guest blogger status could be yours… 🙂

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