Tuesday we drove to Georgetown, Colorado to ride a historic steam-powered train. This narrow-guage railroad traveled a 4-foot loop between Georgetown and Silver Plume and climbed over 600 feet through a series of cork-screw turns. It crossed a very high bridge over Clear Creek. We enjoyed riding in an open car towards the back of the train on the first half of the loop and an open car right behind the locomotive on the rest of the loop. It was easy to imagine we had stepped back in time to the 1890s when the train supported mining towns during the heydey of silver mining. Torsten loved hearing the whistle blow as the train powered along. After the train ride, we explored the main street in charming, little Georgetown. From there, we drove another hour to our hotel outside of Denver to relax for the night and, most importantly, swim.
Wednesday, we had great plans to see Denver, but the rain changed them. We’ve been lucky on the whole trip, as this is the first day that we’ve had to deal with rain. We wanted to tour the Hammond candy factory, but the wait was too long for the tour, so we just hit up the gift shop. (S’mores chocolate bar–yum!) Then we went to the History Colorado Center, a hands-on history museum. We had a good time there with exhibits about life in a small town in Colorado in 1918, mining, skiing, and toys of the 1950s-1970s. We ate lunch at the museum cafe, and then we decided to go see a movie since it was pouring rain. We went to see Inside Out, and Torsten actually sat through the whole movie. Then we went back to the hotel to relax and swim again.