The blogger and the Choo-Choo.

In case any of you were wondering why I haven’t been my ubiquitous self lately, we spent the last week in Colorado enjoying the beauty of the golden Aspen trees of autumn.

It isn’t very often that we bloggers get to meet one another personally. That’s probably a good thing, considering the havoc we create in the blogosphere should stay in the blogosphere. But, as every rule has an exception, I took advantage of that by meeting with one of my favorite bloggers while out West. Winsomebella, who writes some of the most eloquent and soul-searching articles you will ever read, agreed to meet Patty and me for dinner one evening. Her partner John, a most charming chap in his own right, joined us. After commenting on their bravery, since they didn’t really know if thecvillean was a legitimate blogger or an axe murderer, we had a most delightful evening together. Her genuine warmth, which always shows through in her blogs, was just as evident in her conversation. If you want some fascinating, intuitive reading, not to mention exceptional photography, do yourself a favor and visit her blog.

This is the second blogger we have met, the first being Susan of Coming East. We live a short distance from Susan and her husband George, and have become friends in a short period of time. I hope as I travel around the country or overseas, I’ll meet many more of you. Be leery of that next knock on the door, as forewarned is forearmed.

One of the most enjoyable parts of last week was a trip down to Durango, Colorado (not far from the New Mexico border) . We went there to ride the Durango to Silverton train through the breath-taking San Juan mountains. This nearly 150 year-old narrow gauge railroad was cut through the mountains in almost unbelievable conditions to facilitate the 19th century silver mining trade. While it only lasted a short time for that purpose, it has since been a wonder for visitors the world over. But enough talking about it. I’ll let some pictures make my case.

I’ve been trying to “catch up” with your blogs since returning so please bear with me. I most certainly missed you all.

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