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Jun 18, 2020 - Lost Lake

The trailhead to Lost Lake in the San Isabel National Forest is located about 18 miles west of Buena Vista, CO. The trailhead is un-marked with only a small pull off to park. The trail is a relatively easy 4.2 mile out & back round trip at an elevation just under 12,000 ft near the apex of Cottonwood Pass. We made it out about a mile when the weather started looking threatening so we turned around just after we passed a small un-named pond. As far as we went, it seemed like a nice hike and trail so we are sure we will return to begin the...

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May 31, 2020 - Cottonwood Pass

From downtown Buena Vista, CO we took East Main St. west toward Mt Yale. The road enters San Isabel National Forest and travels upward to the Continental Divide at Cottonwood Pass at an elevation of 12,127 ft. The road then descends into Taylor Park, an open valley containing the Taylor Park Reservoir which is as far as we drove today. The road continues on to Almont Colorado where the road intersects with the highway connecting Gunnison, Colorado and Crested Butte, Colorado. The Cottonwood Pass has been closed due to snow from the past...

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May 26, 2020 - Cottonwood Lake

Driving west out of Buena Vista, CO on main street we passed a drive-in movie theater still in operation. A perfect venue for this Covid 19 virus social distancing requirement. The movie listed was a Star Wars movie so we'll wait for a better option later. We went on into the San Isabel National Forest hoping to get up to the top of Cottonwood Pass but that turned out to be closed due to remaining snow. We did see a turnoff though for Cottonwood Lake so we headed that way. The road was dirt, wide enough but over 3 miles uphill of washboard...

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May 10, 2020 - Barbara Whipple Trail

The Barbara Whipple Trail, established in 1991, honors a prominent and much-respected Buena Vista citizen. Barbara Whipple (1920-1989) moved to Buena Vista from Pennsylvania in 1976 with her husband, the late Grant Heilman. An accomplished artist, she opened one of Buena Vista’s first galleries on East Main Street, and co-founded the Arkansas Valley Council on the Arts. Her art was based on nature, and she enjoyed hiking and exploring the river’s edge and the Midland Hill area which is the location of this trail. There is a foot bridge...

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Sep 17, 2019 - You Got a WHAT?

You Got a WHAT? When I retired nearly six years ago, or was it seven, I never expected I would want a job again. But when my neighbor told me that someone would be in BV interviewing locals to work at the upcoming Seven Peaks Festival over Labor Day weekend, I thought that sounded like fun. So sweaty and messy after pickleball, I showed up at the Surf Hotel to meet the recruiter from Live Nation, the big company that runs concerts and shows all over the country. Sonja and I had a great talk and she told me to email her the days and hours I...

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Born to Wanda

Feb 24, 2019 - When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons....... Get your butt in the kitchen and start cooking! This only works if you 1) love to cook and b) have a kitchen. My first lemon moment occurred on Saturday the 16th at 2:00 pm when I arrived at my AirBnB located in a small town 8 miles north of Socorro, NM. I had booked it two days earlier for a four-night stay and received a quick confirmation that included the lock box code and instructions that check-in time was after 1:00 pm. I didn't mind that the apartment was on the second floor, and being the...

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Born to Wanda

May 23, 2018 - Relaxing in Buena Vista

Jerry and I have been in relaxation mode lately. We are enjoying lazy days in Buena Vista parks enjoying nature. We parked at McPhelemy Park for a while today and enjoyed watching the birds and ducks. This park is located at the stoplight in the center of Buena Vista, at the intersection of Highway 24 and Main Street. This facility is where Concerts in the Park are hosted as well as a variety of other events, such as Paddle on the Pond, and it is also the site of the Buena Vista Historical Society’s Railroad Museum. You can park your car...

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Mar 31, 2018 - Home Sweet Home

We have finally arrived in Buena Vista, our home for the next couple of months. Today was another LONG driving day, we were determined to make it to Colorado before Easter. We drove another 330 miles through the rest of Utah and then Colorado. It was another wowser drive with the beauty of the mountains and the Colorado River. We saw a lot of fishermen fly fishing in the beautiful Colorado River as well as kayaks and rafters. We also saw a lot of vineyards and fruit trees on our drive. The view of the grape vines with huge snow-capped...

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Jun 8, 2017 - Over the mountains to Buena Vista

/// Valley RV Park Buena Vista, CO Thursday – June 8, 2017 A Travel Day: We departed Centennial RV Park south of Montrose, CO at 8:30 A.M. Our route today would take us east on US 50 through Gunnison, over Monarch Pass to Jct. of US 24 and north to Buena Vista. A distance of 168 miles. The scenery for the entire trip was very nice. The 2007 FORD F-350 SUPER DUTY DRW KING RANCH got a decent workout today. The climb through the pass was not that tough and the truck pulled the grades without issue and we did hold up any traffic. The overall...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Back to Buena Vista, CO

After spending July 5th to Sept 9th in Woodland Park, CO taking outpatient therapy I have left for Texas. As you can see in my itinerary I will be spending about 8 weeks in Texas before leaving for Apache Junction, AZ to spent the winter. I went back to Buena Vista to get my motorcycle trailer. I will take to Apache Junction to sell.

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Jul 27, 2016 - Buena Vista CO

July 25 Cody and I took a day trip to Alma Colorado which is on the other side of the mountains from Buena Vista. Mosquito Pass road starts in Alma. In the seventies I took my old Blazer across Mosquito Pass to Leadville. It follows an old stagecoach trail and is the highest road in the U.S that goes from one town to another. At its peak Mosquito Pass is over 13,000 feet. Unfortunately with my truck I could only go about 6 miles down the road before it got too rocky for me to go any farther. Later we went up the road to Breckenridge. It was...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Buena Vista CO

July 23 Moved to Buena Vista today. It is 145 miles east of Montrose and involved crossing three passes. The first two were OK but the third one was a butte. It peaked out at 11,300 feet after a six mile climb to the continental divide. The poor truck needed first gear for half of the way up and most of the way down. But it was a pretty ride as the road snaked through the mountains with some of the peaks over 14,000 feet. July 24 Today we took a day trip to Aspen area. The Maroon Bells were the focus of the trip. They are a set of mountains...

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