Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
Virgo- High energy levels in the physical. A
trending towards practical, essential needs be-
gins; financial and intellectual issues become a
central focus. Methodical planning averts pitfalls.
Libra- Drive and initiative meet with open doors,
cooperation and opportunity, making manifest
financial progress in the professional. Love and
passionate energies increase by the day at home.
Scorpio- Much progress and growth in the pro-
fessional as strong positive forces move all things
at your command; now¡¯s as good a time as any
to be bold. Harmony and social opportunity in the
Sagittarius- A great time for great plans or ideas
to begin as power heeds your will. Transistion in
the personal may occur for those in need of it, if
so, know it¡¯s for a greater future.
Capricorn- Physical energy increases and any
dream or professional goal can be accomplished
now as courage attracts power to your fingertips;
determine to do all things with much care and
Aquarius- Social and/or professional recognition
or fame likely possible as the personal and pro-
fessional begin an intermingling period; coopera-
tion and collaborations manifest and drive finan-
Pisces- Current high passion and love energy
begins to temper in the personal and a focus on
the spiritual becomes desirous as horizons widen.
Professional matters may need going the dis-
Morning planets: Mercury (twilight) (11/1-3),
Venus (twilight), Mars and Jupiter
Evening planets: Saturn (11/1-13), Uranus
* November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower.
The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor
shower producing only about 5-10 meteors
per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two
separate streams. The first is produced by dust
grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The
second stream is produced by debris left behind
by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually
from September 7 to December 10. It peaks
this year on the the night of November 5. The
second quarter moon will block out all but the
brightest meteors this year. If you are patient,
you may still be able to catch a few good ones.
Best viewing will be just after midnight from a
dark location far away from city lights. Meteors
will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but
can appear anywhere in the sky.
* November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower.
The Leonids is an average shower, producing
an up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This
shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak
about every 33 years where hundreds of me-
teors per hour can be seen. That last of these
occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by
dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle,
which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs
annually from November 6-30. It peaks this
year on the night of the 17th and morning of
the 18th. The first quarter moon will set shortly
after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what
could be a good show. Best viewing will be from
a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radi-
ate from the constellation Leo, but can appear
anywhere in the sky.
In order to reserve your seat on the inaugural
Christmas tree train, you must call 888.872.4607
and a D&SNGRR phone representative will gladly
assist in reserving your place.
For more information about other backcountry win-
ter activities call 970.247.4874 or information is
available on the San Juan National Forest Web site:
The Moon Dance
The San Juan National Forest has identi-
fied an area adjacent to the tracks near
the Cascade Wye as needing hazardous
fuels reduction. By cutting small white fir
trees growing in the understory, passen-
gers will help to reduce wildfire danger
along the railroad corridor.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Train will offer this new service on Friday
and Saturday winter train trips in De-
cember leading up to Christmas. The
nonprofit San Juan Mountains Associa-
tion (SJMA) will be on board the trains
to sell National Forest Christmas tree
permits, which passengers will use to tag
their own tree. The tree permit will cost
$8, in addition to the regular winter train
fare. One tree up to 20¡¯ tall can be cut
by each family for personal use.
Night Time Delights
Volunteers with SJMA and Firewise of Southwest
Colorado will join train staff helping passengers
select and safely cut their own holiday tree at the
Cascade Wye. Trees will be loaded onto a special
boxcar for the return ride home. Hand saws will be
provided, along with onsite guidance with on how
to safely cut and tag your own Christmas tree.
For more information about the Christmas tree
train visit the D&SNGRR Web site at:
Aries- A good time to focus on the physical
and spiritual well being; be aware of oncom-
ing stress through a busy period so as to
ease it. Perservere and overcome. Love bonds
Taurus- A major focus on the personal as
sunshine magnifies already growing love syn-
ergies; open hearts and open arms abound.
Professional demands steadily grow; team-
Gemini- Professional endeavors pick up pace
and move forward with ease; discretion and
power manifest. In the personal, love is in the
air, passion grows; singles may not be soon.
Cancer- Loving and playful desires manifest;
strong sharing relations grow stronger while
romantic adventure awaits those searching.
Busy-ness and challenges in the professional.
Leo- Sunshine, clarity and opening communi-
cation channels manifest in both professional
and personal arenas bringing opportunities
and adventure; the sky¡¯s the limit. Avoid tox-
ins and smile, alot.
to enjoy, adds Robbins. Use the Park Finder to
locate a park near you at:
To obtain free admission to a state park, vet-
erans, active duty military personnel (includ-
ing active duty, Reserve and National Guard
members) and their families must show:
-A valid active, reserve or retired military
-An identification card from the Veterans¡¯ Ad-
ministration, Veterans of Foreign Wars or the
-Discharge papers or a DD214
-Or other proof of service.
The identification should be presented at the
park gate. All other passengers in the vehicle
will be admitted for free.
This offer applies only to entrance; other fees,
rules and regulations apply.
Families can harvest Holiday Trees
on the New Christmas Tree Train
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train
will offer a new Christmas Tree Train this
holiday season for those who want to cut
their own holiday tree but don¡¯t want to drive
snow-packed backcountry roads to get there.
New This Christmas