ASC family enjoys train ride

(06-25-2008)

Photos by David Martinez

A Cumbres-Toltec train ride appealed to all ages of Adams State College faculty, staff and students and their families on June 21. The train traveled from the station in Antonito, Colorado, to Osier, New Mexico, where lunch was served, and back to Antonito.

Jen Cook, student activities coordinator, said a discounted group rate from the railroad and money, specifically for summer activities from Associated Students and Faculty dues, made the tickets very affordable.

"I had taken the railroad trip from Alamosa before and wanted to try the Cumbres-Toltec trip and I thought why not organize it through student life," Cook said. "The trip was a big hit."

Peggy Dunn, Print Shop manager, said she and her extended family, 12 in all, were fortunate to experience the day together. "It was a beautiful day for a train ride. The bold rock formations were outstanding and the lush foliage seemed to be at its peak after the wet winter we had."

Dunn said the Adams State discount made it possible for them to include so much of their family. "We had a special member in our group, 'Grandpa Herman' Miller who for over 10 years, back in the '60s, kept the engine fired up with coal and is the oldest living fireman of the Cumbers and Toltec. He felt he received the royal treatment as many of the current engineers, firemen and brakemen came to introduce themselves and shake his hand."

Oneyda Maestas, graduate advisor for teacher education, said she appreciated the efforts to organize the train ride. "It was an incredible day of lush mountain wonderland and employee networking. It was nice to be able to share and discuss 'great academic ideas' with colleagues in a setting that allowed for creative flow. During lunchtime the networking paid off as each of us who sat together chose a different dessert so that we could taste test them all without the guilt."

According to Cook, there is a trip to Water World in Denver organized for July. "I enjoyed the chance to open it to everyone and their families too," she said.

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