Wondering if anyone is in Chama yet… Romola and I are near Durango and plan to go to the Hot Springs next Tuesday, July 11th. Would love to meet up with anyone that would like to join us at the Springs, or for lunch, or for dinner. Maybe at Boss Hog, where we had dinner last year…
The Laningas left last week to meet other obligations, John Brandon left a few days ago, but the Smiths (Jerry and Hessie) joined us. We enjoyed the Fourth festivities in Buena Vista, where we positioned ourselves near the Grace Church. The Smiths and Butauds attended the patriotic concert following the parade, held in the Grace Church. Also on display were quilts made by members of the Grace Church in honor of veterans. The “quilters” of BV have now made and donated about 1,000 quilts to veterans.
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One of the tunnels originally made for the train tracks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!
I had thought we’d schedule the Kentucky trip to tour the Ark and Creation Museum in 2019, but after going to Kentucky this week and checking it out, I’ve decided the camping accommodations are not adequate to have a rally in that area. The Ark is so new that newer RV parks haven’t been built yet and the two parks near are old and not adequate for rallies. They open the first of April and close for winter. Also, it is a long drive to just do the two things. I think it would be better if you choose to visit the area that you tie it to a trip to the Amish Country or one of the great cities you travel through getting to northern Kentucky.
Chattanooga has Ruby Falls and Rock City, Memphis has the music, Lexington claims to be the horse capital of the world. So, I’m taking the Kentucky gathering off the list as a TS tour but am encouraging you to take the time to see both the Ark in Williamstown and Creation Museum just south of Cincinnati but in Kentucky.
The Ark was a spectacular sight to see as you toped the hill and parked your car. There are trams/buses taking you from the parking lot to the Ark but there is a lot of walking to get to the Ark and in the Ark since it is 1 and ½ football fields long. They do have wheel-chairs and scooters to rent. Inside there is an elevator or you can take the ramps which are long but have a gentle slope to get to the three levels. Suggested time to tour is late afternoon until 8:00 pm (5:00 pm is last time they admit, I think) in the summers but the best time seasonally would be when the children are in school. We didn’t have to stand in line for anything, but could see they had ample waiting areas roped off to accommodate large crowds at peak times for buying tickets are entering the Ark. You can easily purchase your ticket on line but you still have to verify it when you arrive. The Ark has huge, 2 ½-3 foot wood beams and structural posts throughout the construction. They say it is the largest wooden structure in the world.
As you tour, you see the enormity of the storage areas that are tucked away in every area as well as cages, ramps for feeding animals and how they could have used a system to bring in water and dispose of waste. Huge pottery containers and produce or garden areas were displayed depicting ways that Noah and family may have existed for the many months after the 40 days of raining. There were plenty of areas for you to be seated to rest and to view TV screens telling the story about the flood, building of the Ark and what this story means to the Christian today. There is also a huge restaurant and snack areas.
The Creation Museum is south of Cincinnati and located about 35-40 minutes north from the Ark. They too have carts for riding in order to tour. They do not stay open as late as the Ark, only to 6:00 pm so we opted to be there when the doors opened at 9:00 am and stayed ahead of the crowd so it was nice touring. According to how much you like to read, listen to the recording and view the exhibits as to the time needed to tour each exhibit, but several hours are needed for sure. I’ve included some pictures but have sent more to John Laninga to be placed on the TS web page if you are interested.
I do encourage you to make that area a way-stop on one of your next trips. Linda