|Rico has a great small town 4th of July Parade!|
Naturally I was playing, visiting and cooking up a storm on the 4th so I did not have an opportunity to share my pictures as I had hoped. Every summer my husband and I make a pilgrimage to southwest Colorado to rest and find ourselves again. In 1975 my father-in-law built a log cabin in Rico, Colorado for all of the family. He is longer with us and as of a couple of weeks ago, neither is the mother of his children. We feel their love in this cabin. We spent our honeymoon here in 1976 and subsequently brought our children and their friends here. Indeed I always feel like I have “come home” when we vacation here. Someday, in the not too distant future, we will retire in this same area.
|A REAL vintage fire truck!|
The old mining town of Rico is very very small. The Delores River, as well as highway 145, run through the town with homes on both sides. There is no grocery here; just a gas station, a small post office, an elementary school, the old town hall and a liquor store. A couple of years ago a drive-thru coffee hut opened (surprisingly, and fortunately, it is still open) and this summer a small bistro/laundromat has opened for business, its called "Dew South". Yes, it is a small town, but on the 4th of July it is like Christmas here – except no snow! ~ They had snow this year through May!
|There are antique cars too! . . . and town divas!|
People come from miles aroud to celebrate the 4th here. They gather for the parade. It is quaint, but I would hate to miss it. The volunteer fire department is out in full force “passing the boot” and selling Duck Race tickets to fund their spectacular fireworks show. Immediately following the parade, the highway is opened back up for traffic. Yes, all thru traffic must patiently wait the mere 20 minutes it takes for nearly half the town to parade down Main Street! Immediately following, the “crowd” ambles down to the elementary school for the combination Arts & Crafts Sale, Library Book Sale & Quilt Show! From here you go down to the fire station for breakfast. A local Indian tribe prepares some kind of mouth watering breakfast taco – if you want one, be prepared to stand in a long long line. But, fear not, the local community band seranades you while you wait.
|Of course, all of the neighboring Boy Scouts got to march in the parade!|
|Before going to the Fire House to serenade the hungry folks, they get to be in the parade too - naturally!|
|I think that this may be the local princess!!!!|
|Even tiny town divas - in their own cars!|