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The Fourth, small town style

We are enjoying the Fourth of July weekend with our friends from the Pikes Peak Roller RV Club.  This year, the rally is held in Bayfield, a small town (2,333 residents) in Colorado.  We’re staying at Riverside RV Park, a very nice campground, just 18 miles from Durango.

We went downtown this morning and had a breakfast burrito at the Bottom Shelf Brewery, tasty and filling.  And then went out to watch the parade.  Gotta love those small town parades!


The Fourth with the Rollers

Six years ago, we joined the Pikes Peak Rollers, an FMCA chapter out of Colorado Springs.  This year, we joined their Fourth of July Rally held in Buena Vista, Colorado.  It was a good time, with lots of social interaction, events, food and local activities.

New to us this year was the annual horse race.  Using 6 “jockeys”, the “horses” advanced on the roll of foam rubber dice.  Since real money was used with real bookies, it was lively, spirited, and I lost all my bets.

The Buena Vista Fourth Parade was rather small, it is after all a small town  But it was refreshing to see the local entries and the patriotism showed by participants and attendees alike.  And the kids gots lots of candy…

The Fireworks were spectacular.  Not only because of the fireworks themselves, but set against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and evening sky  it became an event unto itself.  Too bad I forgot my “real” camera, these cell phone pictures will have to do….

Heritage Days

Every year, Columbia Falls, MT celebrates Heritage Days, featuring a series of activities to celebrate its founding.  We were fortunate to be here and catch some of the highlights.

First, we had breakfast at the Fire Dept fund raiser.  Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffe for $4 was definitely worth it.

Columbia Falls FD hosts the Pancake Breakfast

Then, on to the parade.  Lots of old timer stuff, but this was the first parade we can remember that did not have a band.  Still, it was fun.

Got a chance to mix with the locals....

Some old time cars

This may be an antique, but I remember having just like this 50 years ago....

No country parade would be compete without tractors...

Some girls on horseback in old time dress

A local Princess in appropriate dress and transportation mode

Later that afternoon,there was a wild horse drive on the highway right in front of our RV site.

Lookout, here comes the wild horse drive....

Off they go, along with a herder dog

All in all, a fun day and alternative to hiking in the mountains.  Last hike in Glacier tomorrow…