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Jeeping around Silverton, CO

Jeeping around Silverton, CO

One of the reasons to go to Silverton besides old steam trains was to do some jeeping around the different mountains in the Silverton area.  Years ago we took a Hummer Trip that toured us around the area so I knew when I got a jeep I would be back!  We also meet Tom and Melody while we were staying in Benson Az.  They live in Silverton during the summer and head to warmer weather in the winter.  They used…

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Durango and Silverton, Colorado

Durango and Silverton, Colorado

Our next stops were in Durango and Silverton, both are end points for the Durango and Silverton Steam Railroad. Durango has a great downtown, nice restaurants, shops and wonderful architecture from the boom of the railroad that supported the gold and silver mines in the area.  Below is the Strater Hotel a local landmark and right near the Durango Train Station. The unfortunate thing was they had a huge fire north of town earlier in the year and that shut…

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

We stopped in Colorado Springs for a few days, staying at the Air Force Academy family Campground, really nice place under the pinion pine trees.  The AF Academy ground were really nice, the facility was a lot bigger than I thought.  They have a small airport to train the cadets in flying both small prop planes and gliders.  Here are some of the pictures we took on the Academy grounds. The most famous building is the chapel They have an…

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Colorado Railroad Museum

Colorado Railroad Museum

After Cheyenne, We headed into Colorado to a small town outside Golden, called Colorado City located in the heart of a bunch of gambling casinos.  Not sure why they are all concentrated in the valley, but it did bring in money to help revitalize these old mining towns of Idaho Springs and Blackhawk.  The real reason to stay here was to go to the Colorado Railroad Museum to get more of my burning coal, live steam railroad fix.  If you…

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

We headed south to a small town of Wall, SD so we could go see Badlands National Park and a few other items nearby.  Wall is famous for the huge drug store that grew back in the day by offering thirsty travelers free ice water from those traveling the dusty roads on the way to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone.  After putting up signs along the highway, travelers starting stopping and buying drinks and ice cream from the drug store.  It…

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Mt Rushmore and More

Mt Rushmore and More

After a short stay in Sheridan, we headed to Rapid City, SD for a six night stay.  We are staying at Ellsworth Air Foce Base, another nice full hook up RV Park for the bargain price of $28 a night. Ellsworth is home to a bunch of B1B bombers and was a former base for Nuclear Ballistic Missles during the Cold War era.  It was a great launching pad to get to nearby attractions, such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Hourse…

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Helena & Bozeman Montana

Helena & Bozeman Montana

We decided to cut our stay in Great Falls short to taken in a short stop in Montana ‘s Capital of Helena, then do a quick stop in Bozeman.  We like the new series “Yellowstone” on the Paramount Network that is about a ranch family set in the Bozeman area.  I found us places to stay without disrupting our schedule too much and off we went. First us was Helena, a surprisingly small town even though it is home to…

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Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta Canada, part2

Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta Canada, part2

Since there was so much to see and the scenery was just eye watering that I was taking too many pictures to share and I decided to break the first post up into two parts.  We took a drive up north towards Jasper to the Columbia Ice Fields.  The drive was along a river with glacier fed lakes and streams, the mountains towered above the highway and several different glaciers could be seen.  At the highway stop for the Ice…

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Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta Canada

Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta Canada

We headed into Canada into the Banff and Lake Louise area for a week stay.  We are staying at the Lake Louise Trailer Campground, right near the small town of Lake Louise and about 30 miles north of Banff.  The actual lake is just up the road but be warned, it is crowded in the summer and the amount of people trying to park gets parking lots so full they bus people in from a huge parking lot a few…

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Glacier National Park, Pt. 3

Glacier National Park, Pt. 3

Yep, it took three parts to cover this vast and beautiful National Park.  We are hopefully helping you guys that read this to plan your future vacation out this way.  We will be back in 2020, there is so much to see and do, even two weeks was hard to do.  With the crowds picking up, getting to do some of the popular hikes can be a challenge, it means getting up early, getting to the parking lot at the…

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