Buena Vista has a rich mining history, with three railroad companies serving the area. One of these railroads was abandoned when the mines played out. In the late 1900’s the rails were removed and the old railroad bed was converted into a general purpose recreational roadway, open to cars, ATV’s, bikes and bikers. On June 30 we (John Brandon, Carol and myself) visited the old railroad bed, complete with tunnels blasted out of the rock.
On July 1 we drove to St. Elmo, a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista and sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver started. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the railroad discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns.
View along the road in Buena Vista
John, Carol and Lou at St. Elmo ghost town
Old railroad bed, still with rails
One of the tunnels originally made for the train tracks
We showed the September Business Meeting Rally dates as Sept 25 – 28, and in the article it says “Monday (arrival) Sept. 25 through Friday (departure) Sept. 28”. BUT — Friday is Sept. 29th!! So the dates should be arrival Sept 25 and departure Friday Sept. 29th.
(yes I know Mistaek is misspelled. just wondering if anyone would notice!)
John Brandon takes a hike
The Laningas and John Brandon have taken several hikes near the camp site. There are some excellent hiking trails right close to Buena Vista. If you like to hike, or even walk, there is a nature trail here for you. Here is a picture of our intrepid explorer on one of the trails above the town of Buena Vista. And yes, we started at the bottom.
We are settled in at the Mt Princeton RV park. Park offers wide, long, level sites. Lots of repeat customers here. Park is nestled in a green valley under the shadow of Mt Princeton. Near by are twelve more “fourteeners” – mountains rising above 14,000 feet. I can see snow capped mountains from my site.
Daily temperatures have ranged from 43 to 84 – but always cool in the shade during the day.
So far in June, four club members have been to the park, with five more to be here at various times during July.
This area abounds with things to do. And, there is enough variety for everyone. We have not been disappointed. Will be here for 4 1/2 more weeks, so join us if you like.
The sky is blue, the clouds soft and pillowy, the mountains have some residual snows. And the temps are highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. So far, the Butauds and the Laningas are here enjoying the weather, the scenery, and the companionship. And an occasional adult beverage. More will be coming soon, why don’t you come on over too? We’d love to have lots of company!
A ” gathering ” is happening at Aune Osborn Campground in Sault Ste Marie, MI. First night is Saturday, July 15 2017 running thru Friday, July 21, 2017. Checkout by 12:00 PM Saturday July 22, 2017. So far the Wellock’s, Moreau’s, and Rickles have reservations.
To make a reservation contact Roger by e-mail; click here (email@example.com). Deposit of $32.00 is required at time of reservation. Sign up now!
As of 1/15/17 eight rigs have made reservations for part of the five weeks in Buena Vista, CO. There may be a few spaces remaining so if you’re interested, call the park ASAP. For details Buena Vista, CO
Ohio Gathering added in 2018
Berlin, OH – July 5 to 15, 2018
Back by popular demand! Join us again for a Gathering in the Ohio Amish Country. The two Saturdays during the gathering will feature large auctions — the Ohio Crippled Children’s Auction and the Doughty Wise School Auction. Watch for more information later in the year.
Tina and I plan to attend the 2018 Quartzite AZ RV show. The date of the show is January 20th – 28th 2018. We have decided to invite others to tag along. We made reservations for Jan 19th to the 29th at the Black Rock RV Park in Brenda about 17 miles from Quartzite. They run a shuttle over to the show several times a day. If anyone wants to go, this will be a tag along. No agenda, no pot lucks, etc. Make your own reservation. Arrive and depart at your convenience.
If you even think you might want to go, call soon: 928-927-4206. Talk to Chris and tell her that you are with the Traveling Supremes. She is the group coordinator. You will have to put up a $50 deposit. You can get back $25 of it if you cancel within 3 days. The other $25 is non refundable. For more information feel free to call, text, or email me.
James C. Hoover, 300 Bluff Valley Dr. #216, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
All good things must come to an end, even our New Years Rally. We visited Goldwell Open Air museum, which was closed but still worth a visit. Then we went to Rhyolite Ghost Town, and lunch in Beatty and lunch at the KC Outpost. Some of us then went to Ash Meadows Refuge and then on to do a tour at the Opera House.
On the 11th the Hoovers went home, and the rest of the 14 of us went to lunch at the Furnace Creek Inn, followed by a tour of the magnificent historical hotel.
Sadly, we had to say goodbye and head for our respective homes (or next campsite). Thanks to all for attending, and especially to Ted and Susan Kercher for setting up an excellent New Years Rally! To see the full report, click here.
The Cook’s, the Smith’s, Dale and Pat Pflanzer, Pat and Marcie Bass, the Kercher’s, the Schenk’s and Dennis and Paula Ciconi
Paula and Dennis Ciconi, Joe and Ardis Schenk, Gail and James Smith
From January 6 through January 9th our intrepid Travelers visited many more sights in the area, including Stovepipe Wells, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin and Ubehebe Crater. Despite a hectic schedule, and much food, time was found for fireside chats and socializing. Read all about it at the detailed report and picture page, found here