After a nerve-wracking trip to Wally world in Durango, we drove on over to Silverton for the rest of our trip. To be honest, when we arrived to Silverton on our train ride I was nervous that we wouldn't have much to do in that teeny tiny town. But the drive there was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever experienced and I was wrong about not having anything to do.
We didn't have much planned that day except for travel, unpacking, and exploring the town. (This is when I wish I had more pictures of the house!) Here is one from the website but it definitely doesn't do it justice.
As we were unpacking, a biker from on top of the mountain behind our house yelled down "WOLF!" and then took off. James quickly had the kids get inside and I had to stand guard. What in the world had we gotten ourselves into?! After speaking to some locals later that evening, we learned it was only Wolfie, the town dog.
Wolfie chases bears and coyotes away in exchange for food and comfort from the locals. I actually felt safer knowing that he was around once we learned more about him.
With a view like this, I would play at this playground all day!The kids saw this sluice machine on train day and couldn't wait to try it out. They "found" all kinds of minerals and gems to collect and sort. It was the best 14 dollars spent that day.
The next morning the early birds (that would be Justin and I), sorted and classified all of the treasures found the night before. I enjoyed it as much as he did.After the sleepy heads woke up we packed up our gear for our first hiking trip to Ouray. We had our sights set on a easy hike up to a waterfall. It so reminded me of our Yosemite trip. It's just amazing that you can see such beauty a short walk up from your car!
Yes, that is the gorgeous view right from our deck.
Wanna see how Texans make snowballs? (-: