The camping area we checked out is awesome, and the silt in the creek is colored from the minerals left over from old mining activity. Hues of greens and rusty orange made a very interesting effect, and the kids just had to try and skip a few rocks.
Silverton's population during late fall and winter is only about 450 people or so, and during the summer swells to about 2500 with tourists checking out the real Old West and the narrow gauge railroad that travels from Durango and back each day. We have never had the pleasure of taking that trip as it is fairly expensive, but I can only imagine how beautiful it must be, especially right now in the fall. Many of the original buildings are still standing from the mid to late 1800's.
The church in Silverton...and in fact the entire town...is designated as a National Historic site. The sanctuary recently underwent a renovation of several hundred thousand dollars, of which the congregation raised over $80,000. Sounds fairly significant, right? Now consider that on a good summer day during their high season they have attendance of about 30 people and during the winter between 8 and 10. Now that $80,000 sounds a lot more impressive to have been raised, doesn't it?
Walking into the sanctuary is a uniquely sacred experience, it really feels that way. You feel a connection to the faith of the hundreds of miners who lived and often died right there in this little town. The renovation was tastefully done, and it still reflects an old town church feel but with an added warmth that lends itself to allowing one to pause and reflect.
I bet you can not guess what our music accompaniment was...a marimba and a guitar! And extremely talented musicians manned them. It was so unique, and made the morning quite special. The sermon was OK, I am not a gifted public speaker so I hope only that the message overall came through despite my lack of skill. I will say it was quite a privilege to preach from the pulpit of this remarkable little church, something I never imagined myself doing in a million years. We had a great time visiting with the warm members of the congregation afterwards and Kenny talked the ears off one of the men who politely listened and feigned interest :-)
Then it was on to home, where we are relaxing a bit this afternoon before readying ourselves for the week ahead.
Hope your weekend was as nice as ours was!