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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….

Salida, Colorado

We are parked in the 4 Seasons RV Park in Salida, Colorado. We are here for a rally with our friends of the Pikes Peak Rollers. It’s nice to catch up with old friends, enjoy some good food, and appreciate the local scenery.

Founded in 1880, Salida was originally a railroad town and was a significant link in the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After World War II the railroad began pulling back its operations in Salida. Many residents in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s worked either in local ranching operations or commuted north to Leadville to work at the Climax Molybdenum Company. Today, the most prominent business in Salida is tourism, consisting of skiing at Monarch Ski Area, whitewater rafting, kayaking and outfitting, particularly on the Arkansas River. In addition, fishing in the Arkansas River is a big attraction.

On US-50, heading into Salida

On US-50, heading into Salida

A nearby mountain peak

A nearby mountain peak

An interesting house

An interesting house

Another stylish home

Another stylish home

Not sure what this style is-- Cape Code?

Not sure what this style is– Cape Code?

The Arkansas River runs right through town

The Arkansas River runs right through town

A ranch, acroos

A ranch, across from the RV Park

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas

Fly fishermen in the Arkansas