|The Buena Vista Valley. Collegiate Peaks in the West. Arkansas River is directly below us in the photo|
We are now experiencing the typical, daily, late afternoon thunderstorms in the mountains surrounding us, with brief showers dropping welcome moisture and cooling temperatures on Buena Vista as well.
|Afternoon thunder clouds are building as we walk downtown enjoying the historic buildings|
Buena Vista began in the late 1800's as a railroad town serving the mining operations of the area. Today the railroad is defunct and river sports, mountain climbing, backpacking and hunting are what draws people to the area. The historic downtown strip has several empty storefronts and the town is trying to draw tourist and business focus a couple of blocks East to the riverfront where new businesses and residences and parks are being developed.
|These locals are a common sight around town.|
There is such a big focus on river sports here that some sections of the Arkansas River have been engineered to enhanced water sports. You can walk a path along the river to check out the white water sections and see folks practicing too.
|They did a decent job of keeping a natural look to the river when engineering|
it for maximum water sport fun.
|This unique stand-up paddle board seems to be made specifically for river use.|
|Bouldering is popular here too,|
a new sport for us to try perhaps???
Buena Vista puts on an "old fashioned 4th of July". Marching bands and cheerleaders were in short supply; here we saw lots of fire equipment, off road vehicles, old cars and farm equipment!
Hans and I are very fortunate to be able to travel as we are; enjoying the amazing variety of people and places and things there are to do in this great and beautiful country we live in. Happy 4th of July to all!