The Quartzsite tagalong has been moved from the “Proposed” rallies section to the 2018 Upcoming Rallies. Jim and Tina Hoover have worked hard on this, 8 coaches are signed up, it will be a great event! Be sure to sign up soon if you are interested; click here for more information.
Buena Vista update
Picture of Hoovers and Butauds having lunch in Breckenridge at “The Lost Cajun ” restaurant. Easy day trip from BV. Drive from Buena Vista takes you through the towns of Fairplay and Alma. On the way, you go over Hoosier Pass at about 10,500 feet. Lots of shops and restaurants in Breckenridge. Trip was well worth the time.
Tomorrow, Jim and Lou will be “scouting” other RV parks in the BV area. BV continues to impress with what it has to offer.
And more (edited)….
There was some misunderstanding in the original post here, about putting member names and emails on line. That is NOT going to happen. What we should have said is to find a way for members who want it to automatically be notified of any new posts. This is already in our system, just click the “Follow” button (left side, under the menus), enter your email, and you will get the latest updates. Your name will NOT be posted or otherwise used. Don’t add your email, you won’t get updates.
Hope this clears up confusion based on my interpretation of the original request.
The Buena Vista Tagalong has seen additional participants. Recently, in addition to the Butauds, we have Gene and Sarah Fisher, Jerry and Hessie Smith, and Jim and Tim Hoover stop by. A few of the many things to see and do in this area:
The Fishers, Smiths and Butauds attended a local theater production of “Madams of Central Colorado” on Saturday, July 8. This play recounts a bawdy side of BV history. It is based on factual events from the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s. The production is performed in the old Chaffee County Courthouse, which also serves as a museum. Performances are done 5 or 6 times each summer.
A nice drive took us to the Continental Divide. Water that drains on the east side flows to the Atlantic, and on the west side to the Pacific. Pizza in Leadville, CO (above 10,000ft. elevation), and whitewater rafting. So much to do!
We are experimenting with a “For Sale” section. It has been added to our main menu. There are certain rules to follow, be sure to get approval from a TS Officer before sending For Sale info to John Laninga.
BV Tagalong update
From Lou Butaud: First picture is of Fishers, Smiths and Butauds doing what we do best – eating. Picture was taken at Shallots which is an excellent restaurant in Salida introduced to us by John and Romola Laninga. Second picture is birthday time for Chris and Hessie at Shallots. Yum! Cake!
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.