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One of the tunnels originally made for the train tracks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!