Alamosa Colorado was a big train town back in the day, so they consider trains a large part of their heritage. To me this is a good example of protecting an old train to the point where you can't even get a decent picture of it.
The town not only put a 7 foot fence around the whole area, they put a 5 foot fence around the raised area where the train sits. And both of the fences are locked up, making it all but impossible to get a picture of the train.
The weather has improved considerably with highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 40s, where it looks like it will stay for the next ten days at least. The improving weather will give me a chance to get some outdoor stuff done, such as taking the little Bronco camper off the truck to start getting the truck ready for its winter travels.
It appears there's not a single flower left in the yard that hasn't frozen and died, so it looks like I won't be taking any more flower pictures for the blog. However, I might have some leftover flower pictures that never got used. I usually take enough pictures when I go somewhere that I can't use them up while I'm on the trip, so I save some of them for times like this when there's not much going on.
And when I look back at my old pictures sometimes, they remind me of things I should have done; for instance, Alamosa is only a little over an hour's drive to the headwaters of the Rio Grande. And I've been talking about visiting the headwaters of the Rio Grande for quite some time and never seem to get around to it, which I blame on my one-track mind that finds it all but impossible to be interested in more than one thing at a time. But this full-time life I'm living now often offers more than one opportunity at a time, and I think my life might be better lived if I could be interested in more than one thing at once.
Maybe I should work on that. But before I could fix that problem, I would have to fix my procrastination issues. But, to do that, I would have to deal with my laziness, indecisiveness, and serendipitous attitude towards life.... That all sounds like way too much effort to solve a one-track mind problem. I think it's easier just to live with it.
There's a rail yard in Alamosa right downtown where there's a bunch of old trains sitting around. Nothing is fenced off so I assume you can walk right up to the trains if you wanted to.
But my one track mind was focused on Sandhill Cranes at the moment so these old trains didn't interest me until I got back home and looked at the pictures.
It was only then it hit me that I should have hung around longer and taken some close-up pictures of these beautiful old trains... It looks like a mini-vacation is already developing for next summer.