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NEW FRIENDS - NEW ADVENTURES
6/15/2019 2:10:00 AM by: Patti Shene

 

I have always loved trains. As a child, I watched the commuter trains speed toward New York City as they breezed through our small Long Island town and delighted in standing at the platform when wheels squealed to a stop at the local station. Today, the commuter trains that roll through my small Colorado plains town and sometimes grind to a stop, blocking the crossing for hours, still generate that childlike fascination.

 

 

 

 

My grandmother took my sister and I for our first train ride when we were kids. She told us we were going to the next town, about two miles away, when in fact she took us to New York City. I recall very little of that trip except that it was my first train ride!

 

Since then, I have traveled back to New York to visit family and out to LA for vacation on Amtrak. These trips on the steel rails that whisked me across the country were thrilling.

 

So, when I heard that our Senior Opportunity Center here in town was planning a trip on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, I was all in. I’d been interested in that sightseeing trip for years!

 

The day started out clear and warm as some twenty plus seniors lumbered our way up the steps of a bright yellow school bus a little before eight o’clock. I embarked on the trip armed with my Colorado Rockies travel cup brimming with fresh coffee from home and a couple of bags (caught a sale – 2 for $5 yesterday!) of those mini glazed donuts that have become my staple when I travel in the morning.

 

We journeyed the 120 miles to Canon City, sharing stories and idle chatter, all anticipating the excitement of the train ride. I am a fairly new member to the senior center, but have known most of the regulars there for years. However, the lady I picked up this morning and sat next to on the bus had recently moved to town. She is a published author, so we are rapidly becoming friends. She introduced us to the lady who sat behind us on the bus, and even though she has lived her for quite some time, I had never met her. The three of us enjoyed sharing stories of our different life experiences.

 

Once we arrived at the train station, we were met by several others from our group who had opted to drive over in their private vehicles. We had plenty of time before boarding the train, so browsed the gift shop and relaxed under the shade trees in the park.

 

The walk to board the train proved to be somewhat lengthy for a few of our older folks who have challenges with walking. Before boarding the train, we were organized into a group photograph which took quite a few minutes. However, this will be a great photo to display at the center.

 

The train ride itself was exhilarating as we skirted a raging Arkansas River that is dangerously close to flood stage. All rafting has been prohibited in this section of the river.

 

 

 

The side I was sitting on skirted the rocks so closely that there were times I wondered if the outer wall of the train could possibly brush against those stark and rough surfaces.

 

 

 

We had a choice for lunch of ordering off the menu or ordering a box lunch. I opted for the box lunch, and those of us who did received them toward the beginning of our journey. I was glad because I was so hungry!

 

After we finished our meal, we reached the end point, where the train stopped, allowing us to leave our seats and go to the “open air” car. Several people were there, so I had to maneuver my way around folks to get some decent photos. People for the most part were polite, though, allowing newcomers to edge their way to the outside of the car for pictures.

 

I have been to the Royal Gorge and walked the bridge a few times, so seeing it from the underside was interesting. Truth be told, I’d rather be on top of the bridge than under it since I love heights! The train crew kept us entertained with some interesting historical facts along our route.

 

 

 

Sadly, the skies were gray and overcast during most of our trip, although the temperature remained quite warm, and we never did see any rain. The wind came up very strong just after we left the train. It was our plan to picnic on or way home, but we decided that with the possibility of inclement weather and everyone’s tummies plenty full from lunch that we would head on home.

 

The day was full of fun, friends, adventure, and God’s majesty!

 

Patti Shene Gonzales is published in two anthologies and local publications and has three western novels in progress. When not writing or reading, she is spending time with friends or attending her only granddaughter’s sports activities. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan.

 

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Comments

Jerolyn From Southeast Colorado At 6/19/2019 8:43:49 PM

Sounds like a fun trip! Thanks for sharing!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thanks for stopping by, Jerolyn!

Sonora Servaes From Colorado At 6/17/2019 7:23:48 PM

I'm so glad you got to go with us, Patti! Loved reading your take on the experience!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for allowing me to go, Senora. I really enjoyed it.

Robert A Mccrackin From CO At 6/15/2019 8:08:42 PM

Loved reading this. It was a very fun trip. I look forward to doing it again.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Same here! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Bob!

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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene