Aber and Out West: Durango

First stop Durango, Colorado!  Naturally, no trip of ours can pass without sampling a few of the local beers so on our way to Mesa Verde we stopped for an afternoon in Durango.  This slightly too touristy mountain town had 4 breweries for Jay's tasting pleasure though we only made it to two in our brief stay.  Carver and Steamworks breweries provided us nice stops along the main drag decked out with historic charm.  We had an opportunity to meet some of the locals where we were shocked by the free loving attitude and open discussions and assumptions that most everyone in the town partakes of Colorado's newly legalized recreational product.  With Jay's long hair and my feeble attempts to look like a legitimate mountain hippie perhaps we're inviting people to freely broach that subject with us.  Speaking of hippie and mountain gear, we have found a treasure trove of technical and high end adventure clothing at local thrift stores in Colorado and Durango was no different.  I scored a pair of padded bike pants and a dry fit shirt while Jay found a pair of moisture wicking hiking shorts at Durango's second hand shop.  We continued to find awesome thrift store deals in outdoorsy towns throughout the west on all kinds of hiking schwag.  We made a pass through the train depot and museum at the end of Main Street to check out the vintage train cars that make up the narrow gauge line from Silverton to Durango.  Before hitting the road again we had a nice picnic lunch in the City park.  Someday we hope to take that train from Durango to Silverton and finish touring the other two breweries in town.

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