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Our room at the Strater hotel in Durango
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Steam engine of a Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway train
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At the train station
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Boarding the train that will drop us off in the Weminuche Wilderness
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Bagpipers played at the train station before departure
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Alexi enjoying hot tea on the train
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We spent most of our time in the open-air gondola
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Nice view of some mountain lake
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The Animas river, which the train will be following for the rest of the journey
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Nice view of the engine going over a trestle
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Bunch of shots of the Animas River...
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Approaching the high peaks of the San Juan mountains
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The weather took a sudden turn for the worse...
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When we got dropped off from the train, we were forced to do an emergency tent pitch right by the tracks because of the pouring rain. We made good use of the time and ate lunch.
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View of the hastily set up tent after the rain stopped
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The next train passing through
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The beginning of the hike
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First rest stop of many...
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Our first peek of the spectacular scenery ahead
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The trail followed Elk creek (on the right)
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Looking back
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Pretty impressive stuff, right here!
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Vestal basin, surrounded by 13,000+ ft. peaks
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Beaver ponds
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Very pretty emerald-green color
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Climbing through a rock field
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One of tributaries of Elk creek
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Our campsite (can you spot the tent?)
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I left Alexi relaxing in the tent, and continued onward towards the continental divide
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At ~11,000 ft, I started encountering snow packs
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This is where Elk creek begins!
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Nothing like a big snow pack on a hot summer day!
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I'm starting to get above the tree line
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Check out the waterfall in the background
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This is about as high as I got. Still a bit short of the divide, but it was time to turn back because I promised Alexi I'd be back in 2 hours.
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A panoramic movie near my highest point
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A shot on a mountain meadow on my way back to the campsite
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Dinner time at the campsite! Note the bottle of wine.
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View from our tent at sunset
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Alexi climbing out of the tent in the morning
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Another shot of the emerald-green waters of the beaver pond
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Lunch break
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Almost there!
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Cooling off in the Animas river while waiting for the train
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The train was a bit late
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Here's our ride!
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The outside of the Strater hotel, where we stayed our first night
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Alexi on the bus back to Denver
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View of the San Juan mountains from the bus
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Town of Silverton as seen from the bus
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We had a 20 minute stop in Silverton, so we went out and snapped a few photos
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