Our first day back in Durango, CO was very busy. We had visited the house I grew up in (the Going Home series begins here), and a bunch of random buildings that had meaning to me in Durango (blog post here), as I relived my childhood in the span of a few short hours.
But finally, I felt that my need to reminisce was fulfilled, and it was on to new destinations!
First up: Honeyville. I had grown up having honey from there occasionally, but never visited the actual store. So, we drove north of town, and checked it our for ourselves.
Scott and I both love learning new information, expanding our knowledge and interests, and seeing how things are made, so I was pretty happy that you can view the processing/packing areas in the back through big glass windows, even though no actual tours are offered. So that was neat. Only thing was, we didn't get to see the honey-refining in progress, since the workers were already done for the day.
After purchasing several tasty items from the super-friendly staff, we then decided to go back into town to tour the Durango-Silverton Train Museum before it closed for the day.
This museum was packed with interesting relics! Everything from mounted stuffed wild animals to old cars and planes and, of course, train engines. I was a bit surprised that there are actually 3 (or maybe 4?) retired train engines there on display, and we actually got to go up in them! Maybe we're just nerds, but we love museums, and this was cool stuff.
There was really a variety of displays packed in here, but I think these cars were here to show the other modes of transportation when the D&S started in 1881.
We chose not to ride the train, even though it had been high on my list of important activities. I lived in Durango for 16 years, and never rode that train the city is known for! But, Scott's asthma was acting up, and we decided that a ride in an open passenger car breathing in smoke and soot all day wasn't really the best decision. We resolved to come back in 6 years, and bring all the kids with us. Then we can all enjoy the beautiful train ride as a family!
After leaving the train museum, imagine our surprise when we drove up to Rockwood looking for pretty scenery, and found the train at the station there having just returned from Silverton, smoke puffing from its stack.
Stay tuned for my next post which will feature pictures of our drive to Silverton! We couldn't ride the train up there, so we drove instead, and the mountainous scenery on that highway was stunning.
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