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Passenger cars on the narrow gauge Durango & Silverton line.
Back on the subject of my hobbies. I've pared them down considerably without even trying, and I may not be through shedding hobbies just yet. I thought it would be difficult and painful to stop enjoying hobbies that I've been doing for most of my life, but without even giving it any thought, I've managed to lose interest in them quicker and easier than I thought I would.
Some hobbies were easier than others to leave behind. I've been collecting guns for most of my life, and I thought giving up my guns, not all but most, was going to be incredibly painful. But because it was a hobby that could not be enjoyed while living and traveling in an RV, it was amazingly easy to sell most of them off, not miss them, and really don't have much interest in guns anymore.
Other hobbies, such as photography has always been coming and going during my life. It would interest me for a few years, and then I would lose interest and not take a picture for years. I took a fair amount of photos when I was in the Air Force because I didn't have much money for entertainment, but film and developing was cheap on base, so I could afford to take a few pictures, mostly slides because they cost less than actual pictures.
The years that I was in business, I lost most of my interest in taking pictures, don't know why, just did. So I only have a few photos of that time of my life. I only started getting seriously interested in photography again when I became a full-time RVer. Taking pictures of things during my travels seemed to be a perfect hobby for the RVing lifestyle.
My picture taking hobby and my blog go hand-in-hand because taking pictures without showing them to anyone takes a lot of the fun out of picture taking. And my blog gives me a venue and a reason to enjoy my photography hobby, which I appreciate more and more every year.
And since I've realized that photography will be my main hobby, I decided to splurge and finally buy myself a really good camera. The Canon camera I'm currently using is okay and will make a great backup camera, unless I decide to put it on eBay. But there's been some significant changes in cameras since my camera was new and great strides have been made in camera design, and the things they can do now boggles the mind. So when Canon came out with their latest and greatest, and I found out it wasn't just a minor upgrade to what I had but a totally new camera design, I laid my money down and settled in for a two-month wait on a seriously back-ordered camera that finally reached from Japan to my front door yesterday about lunch. And I will talk about that some more tomorrow.
Not a movie set, not a representation, but an actual Colorado gold mining town saloon from the 1800s. Notice how narrow it is. In old West towns lot size was typically 25 feet wide and 150' long. So if you had money you could buy several lots and have a saloon that looked like the Long Branch in the TV show Gunsmoke. If not you ended up with a 25 foot wide saloon.
The saloon looks all warm and inviting so you can see why men would want to spend time here talking and drinking with their friends instead of their leaky, rustic, cold, log cabin. Or worse yet a tent. And no it's not full of bullet holes. Yes that did happen, but it happened far more in the movies than it ever did in real life.