Ruth & George's 40th Anniversary Trip

La Posada at Winslow, Arizona, to Trinidad, Colorado, and back to Denver, May 29-30, 2006

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Waiting for the Southwest Chief at 5:45 am

Left: Jay, Jane, Will, and Roger wait for the train in the early morning cold at the train station whose design matches Colter's hotel. Middle: One of the half dozen freights, all of them carrying shipping containers or trailers, that came by early this morning. Right: The Amtrak Southwest Chief, our train arrives at last 20 minutes late.

Left: Three locomotives lead our train. Why that many? Middle: About noon we arrive at Albuquerque, where the train halts for an hour, and passengers can get off and shop at the tables of Indian jewelry, which are folded up as soon as the trains leave. Right: People getting on and off our two-level car.

Left: Just after the leaving the station at Lamy — a town named after the ckergyman who was the inspiration for Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop — we came upon this old railroad car to which its owners have attached a wooden deck. It looked more like a home than a business. Middle: The station at Raton whose central tower sits catty-corner on the station. Like others along the way, this station was in the Spanish-American style of the old west. Right: Our train gliding through the Colorado countryside on the way to Trinidad.

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