This is another December 2007 photo. It was taken in the opposite directions of last week’s photo.

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It seems I do not have much to say about this other than I think it is a beautiful mountain, but the name “Spud” does not quite convey its majesty, in my opinion.  To go through the mountain pass in this area is something I have done once and never intend to do again.  If I need to get to the other side of the mountain, I will choose an alternate route!

This is taken from Purgatory Ski Resort near Durango, Colorado. Apparently it is really called “Durango Mountain Resort,” but no one calls it that since it was “Purgatory” for years before they changed the name.

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Note about name of mountain: I can already see this is going to be a question. SOOO, first I’m not 100% sure that’s the mountain’s name. But it IS the name of one of the mountains that could be seen from where I am standing, and the expert I asked said she THOUGHT it was that one. It supposedly looks like a potato???  (WHATEVER!) I did not name it!

My USB port is not working today, so this is an archived pictured.

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It is from December 2007 when we went with some friends to their condo at Purgatory Ski Village. I used this photo on my Christmas cards last year because I did not get my regular stamped ones made and someone had the nerve to say, “Your card just wasn’t as cute as I was expecting.”

I’m not sure what could be more beautiful than this!

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Note:  Please do not think I was offended by the comment about the Christmas card. I realize the world is full of  people without a clue, and that was one of them!  After reading some of the comments, I thought I should tell you this. It takes a lot to make me feel attacked.  A WHOLE lot more than that! I mostly put it in because I thought it was funny.

 

We went on a little trip last weekend to Purgatory Ski Resort. (Where there was almost no snow, and definitely no skiing, but we did not go to ski, so it was fine with us.) We went with some friends, and Saturday night we went on the Polar Express Train Ride.

The ride is based on the book, The Polar Express, which I had never read until that weekend when I knew we were going to go. My opinion was that the staff of the train did an EXCELLENT job making it a wonderful trip for children based on the book.

We arrived at the train station just before dark. Kids wear pajamas on this trip, so the streets were filled with pajama-clad children.

walking to the train

Snow boots seemed to be a requirement with the pajamas

 

The train station was sparkling with holiday lights and was packed with people.

train station

train station

When they called our train, we all went outside and waited for it to arrive. We could see the smoke before we could see the train. It finally came around the corner, then got close enough for me to get a picture without being agressive to the people around me.

"Polar Express" engine.  See engineer waving.

When we entered the passenger car, it was decorated with pine garlands, ribbons and lights.

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We had two “chefs” on board who provided us with DELECTABLE hot chocolate (not too hot) and a chocolate-covered cookie. The hot chocolate really impressed me because the book mentions how “chocolate-y” it is, and it WAS! I do not care for watery hot chocolate, and this was not. And it did not burn my mouth – or more importantly, the mouths of my children.

During the trip to the “North Pole” the book was read while the chefs carried a copy back-and-forth on our car so everyone could see the pictures.

The North Pole was brilliantly lit, and there Santa came on the train. For the trip back Santa moved from car to car giving each child a silver bell. Here again I was impressed because the bells were nice with a clear, beautiful ring. (And children would have been happy with anything.) When Santa was not in the car, we sang holiday songs. It was festive and magical.

Chicklet with her bell

Chicklet with her bell

When our journey ended, it was definitely dark, and the Durango street was also enchanting.

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