Keegan’s oldest sister, Erin, celebrated her 40th birthday recently, so we met her in Fairplay, Colorado. I’ve received conflicting information about whether or not Fairplay is the town that the show South Park is based on. One person said yes, another said no. But Keegan pointed out all the South Park signs within Fairplay, leading us to believe that it had once been called South Park, and maybe they had too many tourists or something, so they changed their name to Fairplay. We honestly had no clue.
I did some digging, and it turns out that the name South Park references the grassland flat within the basin between the Mosquito and Park Mountain ranges, while the name Fair Play refers to the city on the land. So the city of Fairplay rests in South Park. Apparently the characters on South Park represent citizens in Boulder, while the town itself resembles Fair Play/South Park. You can fact check me here, thanks to our somewhat reliable friend, Wikipedia.
Anyhoo, we stayed in a cabin in Fair Play and drove to Buena Vista to hike the following day.
Apparently the cabin we stayed in was for sale, but until it’s off the market, the owners are renting it out. For the low price of $695,000, this cabin is up for grabs.
On a side note, we have yet another internet coincidence. Back in June, I wrote briefly about a music festical in Buena Visit and featured a photo of the same mountain range that we hiked across from on the Barbara Whipple Trail. Mount Princeton of the Sawatch Range is dramatic, enormous and awe-inspiring, as you round the curve into Buena Vista, and suddenly everything opens up, and the Sawatch range comes out of nowhere, like this:
Pics just don’t do it justice. Out of all the tiny towns we’ve seen in Colorado, this is hands-down the best view as you’re driving into the community. It was absolutely beautiful.
The blog I wrote in June was called Face Lift and you’ll notice the same mountains I captured pictures of last weekend. It wsn’t until we were on the way home that I realized I inadvertently knocked Buena Vista off my bucket list. What else might I visualize and achieve by the end of this year? Time will tell, but it’s been an awesome year so far.