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St. Elmo and Salida

On Thursday after hiking up to Agnes Vaille Falls, Javier found a ghost town (St. Elmo) on the map not far from the hike so we decided to go check it out. It was about 1/2 an hour away and a beautiful drive to the town, which was built in the 1820’s and hasn’t had any residents since the 1920’s. The historical society that is maintaining it has only been able to restore 2 buildings so far and the rest are still in disrepair, though it promises to be a really cool attraction in the future. Javi and I walked around for awhile taking photos of the buildings and checking out the scenery, then we made our way to the gift shop before leaving. Outside of the gift shop there was a hummingbird feeder and there were dozens of the little birds flitting around, so I was able to snap a few photos of those guys before we noticed a basket full of sunflower seeds for .50 a piece. We discovered that people were buying the seeds to feed to little chipmunks on a bench across the street, so obviously we had to get a turn. Javi and I both bought a bag and sat on the ground with the seeds, waiting for the little guys to come into our laps, hands, on our shoulders, etc. They were SO cute and friendly! I know some people may be grossed out but Javi and I loved it – obviously. We sat there for an hour with these little guys and it was awesome. El Jueves despues de subir a Agnes Vaille Falls, Javier encontro un pueblo fantasma (San Elmo) en el mapa, cerca de donde subimos el sendero asi que decidimos visitarlo. Quedaba a media hora y el camino era precioso. El pueblo fue contruido en 1820 y nadie reside alli desde 1920. Una sociedad historica esta intentando restaurar el pueblo pero por ahora solo ha podido restaurar 2 edificios mientras el resto sigue en precarias condiciones. Eso si promete ser una gran atraccion en el futuro cuando la restauracion sea completa. Javi y yo caminamos alrededor sacando fotos y disfrutando el paisaje, luego pasamos a la tienda de regalos antes de irnos. Afuera de la tienda habia un bebedero para picaflores y habian una dozena de pajaritos jugando en ellos, asi que pude sacar algunas fotos antes de que notaramos una canasta llena de semillas de girasolesย  for .50 centavos por bolsita. Descubrimos que la gente compraba las bolsitas para alimentar a las ardillas y chipmunks en unas bancas cruzando la calle, asi que obviamente teniamos que intentar. Javi y yo compramos unas bolsitas y nos sentamos en las bancas con nuestras semillas, esperando por los pequenos vinieran a nuestras faldas, manos, hombros, etc. Eran tan tiernos y amistosos! Se que a algunas personas les puede parecer asqueroso, pero a Javi y a mi nos encanto – obviamente. Nos sentamos con ellos por mas o menos una hora.
After St. Elmo we headed off to Salida (pronounced, to Javier’s chagrin, “sah-lie-duh”) to check out the town. It was much bigger than Buena Vista and had a ton of really fun consignment and vintage shops. We walked around for awhile and took photos of the huge colorful murals painted on the sides of the buildings – another beautiful CO town! ย Despues de San Elmo, fuimos rumbo a Salida a visitar el pueblo. Era mas grande que Buena Vista y teniamos un monton de tiendas de segunda mano y tiendas de antiguedades. Paseamos por un buen rato y sacamos fotos de los murales coloridos en los edificios – otro pueblo lindo de Colorado!
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