Day two started off with an early morning drive to Old Bent's Fort National Historic Site. Bent's Fort was a major stopping point on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail. The first five photos were taken here. I love this place. The National Park employees are all in period costume and there is a store here that you can buy authentic items that would have been sold on the trail. Blankets, period clothing and hats, supplies as well as more traditional stuff like books and videos. I won't comment on each shot and just let you imagine life back then.
Stop 2 on day 2 was Great Sand Dunes National Park. These sand dunes are formed due to the peculiar way the Sangre de Christo Mountains block the wind and forces it to drop all the dust and sand it had been carrying. These things are huge. You can see two people walking in the picture below. I have also shown the mountain range that is responsible for these dunes. The final shot in the Great Sand Dunes shots are of a native aster ( I believe). I accidentally took this shot with my polarizing filter on. I kind of like the dark way it turned out.
The final shots of the day are of the two ends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This line was formed by the States of Colorado and New Mexico when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad decided to fold its remaining 3 foot narrow gauge lines. The top shot is of an engineer in Antonito, Colorado on the east end of the line. The bottom shot is of the West end of the line in Chama, New Mexico where I spent the night before continuing on my journey.
Those of you who follow me regularly will already realize I am a day behind due to the time it takes me to process my raw shots. Day 2 was huge fun. Day 3 will be interesting to you all as weather played a big role in what I ended up doing. Day 4 will be spent in Durango and on the narrow gauge circle in which I will follow the path of the Denver and Rio Grande branch to Silverton (now known as the Durango and Silverton). From there I will follow the Rio Grande Southern from Ouray back through Telluride to Durango.
Until I can get those raw shots process, I will see you on the road.