I call this a vacation though some might argue that since we're retired, we're always on vacation. We've lived in Colorado for 10 years and haven't seen a lot of the sights of the state, so we set out to partly remedy that. We left home on August 27, 2015 and drove the back way to Salida, then went over Monarch Pass and continued to Montrose before heading south through Ooray to Durango. We spent the next day at Mesa Verde National Park, took two of the tours of the ruins, plus another self-guided tour of another. We haven't done that much hiking in a while,
so we were beat by the time we got back to Durango. The next day was Curtis' birthday which we spent on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. We booked seats on the car with narration by a historical character. We had one going up, and another coming down. On the 30th, we left Durango and drove toward Alamosa with stops at Chimney Rock to take a tour there, and then happened to pass by Treasure Falls where we stopped and took another hike up to see them. On the 31st, we drove to Antonito and took the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to Chama, NM where a bus took us back to Antonito. We splurged and booked seats in the Parlor Car on that train. We finally headed back home on the 1st. Pictures from the trip are here.