hiking Colorado Trail via Silverton railway

I’ll be back to civilization around Aug 2nd. :-)

One of the most unique mountain backpacking treks in the U.S. starts aboard a coal-powered steam locomotive and ends among a herd of mountain goats grazing at 14,000 feet. This trip isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re down for busting a sweat and can swallow any niggling fears of heights, you’re in for an unforgettable experience.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad departs each morning from the southwestern Colorado city of Durango, on the edge of the San Juan Mountains. You’ll load all your camping and hiking gear onto the 100-year-old train and ride in an open-air car as you ramble up a steep, winding track that, at times, practically clings to the cliffside high above the Animas River. …

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad


paid forward to Carbondale, CO

With  typical lack of research I caught the last ferry from Nanaimo to Tsawwassen. You could ASSume the British Columbia government would require public transport to meet every ferry.

You’d assume wrong. :-( Public transport meets every ferry except the last one of the day. People get stranded every night.

I found this out by asking the ferry purser. A regular truck driver happened to be standing there at the time. He immediately offered me a ride from the ferry terminal to the Vancouver Sky Train. :-)

Note to self: pay it forward.

It was after 1am when I got to the elevated platform. With 4 minutes to spare I jumped on the last train. :-)

4 minutes to spareA couple hours sleep in the airport. Then the easy check-in to the first flight of the day at 6am.

Arriving Denver I had one errand. To send a piece of snail mail. The only post office in that airport was closed for lunch. But a lady waiting in line kindly gave me an American stamp. :-)

Pay it forward.

Betsy had recommended a new inexpensive bus service out of Denver into the Rocky mountains. The driver sized me up and said: “I believe you might be a Senior”.

I got the discounted old-timer’s fare on the 4th day of the service. :-)

Pay it forward.

pay it forward

smoking around the world

I hate smoking. Yet worldwide smoking rates are not declining. Richer, more educated nations are in decline. But in poor nations (like Nigeria) rates are on the rise.

Click PLAY or watch a short Economist report on YouTube.

The Economist explains – Why smoking rates aren’t falling around the world