I love the idea of hopping on the iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango and riding through the scenic canyons of the Colorado San Juan National Forest, going from car to car to listen to blues musicians. You can do just that on the Durango Blues Train the weekends of May 30 and 31 and Aug. 22 and 23. Presented by the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival  (happening on Sept. 12-14 this year) and SBG Productions, each night features a different lineup of six artists. The May lineup includes Big Sam's Funky Nation, Todd & The Fox, Robby Overfield, Kipori Woods, The Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Eddie Turner, C.W. Ayon, Johnny Long, Chris Dracup. and Gino Matteo. Tickets cost $95, and a wine and cash bar with light snacks are available.

This got me thinking how fun something like this would be for a group outing. While the tickets for the Durango Blues Train probably sell fast, perhaps corporate gatherings could talk these groups into helping make it happen for a private event. This is one of Colorado’s most scenic journeys and being on a steam-powered, coal-fired train makes it even more memorable. Plus, meeting in southwest Colorado won’t disappoint!

Gateway to the Rockies & Find the Fun


The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.


The annual gathering is as popular as ever, bringing together people interested in science fiction and related genres.