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We rode the train from Durango to Silverton. It is a coal fired narrow gage train from the mining days of the late 1800's that runs through spectacular mountain scenery. My husband and I had ridden the train before, but it was a first for our children. The train stops in Silverton for lunch before returning to Durango. On our previous trip, we spent the entire lunch break waiting in a long line for mediocre fast food.
This time we wanted to explore the town, so I packed a picnic. My husband had turkey and soy cheese on oat bread, while my son had double meat-turkey on rye. My daughter had peanut butter and jelly. I mixed a can of tuna and a small can of lima beans in a bowl. We all had fresh fruit.
The conductor said there was a great view from a grove of trees above the town. We climbed a steep trail and found ourselves at the Christ of the Miners monument. From there we looked down in the valley and could imagine Silverton in its heyday when people from across the country were coming here hoping to get rich. We looked up and saw snow-covered mountains in the distance. I felt sorry for our fellow passengers, sitting inside at tiny tables eating French fries.
On vacation we usually picnic breakfast and one other meal. Then we eat one meal in a restaurant. The restaurants in downtown Durango were a little pricey for our budget. A family of four can't eat $15 - $20 meals. But the Ore House Restaurant advertised a "Senior Light and Healthy menu." My husband asked how old you had to be to order, and was told that it wasn't just for seniors, it was for anyone wanting to eat healthy.
The prices were reasonable and every meal came with a trip to the salad bar and a vegetable. I had ground sirloin (natural black angus beef) and steamed vegetables. My son had the same. My husband had grilled trout and rice. My daughter just made two trips to the salad bar.
By the way - their idea of a light portion was 8 ounces. The regular ground sirloin was 12 ounces. Light and healthy works for me!
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