We got lucky on our trip to Pueblo, CO and happened to be here the weekend of the Chile and Frijoles Festival, which happens to be a big deal around here. The Chile and Frijoles Festival is a giant street fair with huge metal bins of roasting chile peppers along with every other possible use of chiles. We bought jalapeño pepper jelly (great with cream cheese and crackers), chile pepper goat cheese, a giant sausage dog with roasted chile peppers and a big bag of chile peppers to bring home. I think we are pretty set in the chile pepper department around here!
Yesterday we visited the Ghost Town Wild West Museum in Colorado Springs, which is an 1800’s style old west ghost town. The museum itself is located in an old train station and train car round-about (an old brick building with large arched openings that once housed train engines) which now houses a microbrewery. The museum had a lot to see and we enjoyed a movie about how Colorado was populated in the 1850’s during the Pike’s Peak gold rush.
One thing I will say about our travels so far is that people are so nice!!! Seriously, so many total strangers have struck up friendly conversations with us or gone out of their way to provide directions, suggestions for places to eat, things to do, etc. It has totally renewed my faith in humanity. However, even with all the niceness, cheap gas, less traffic, and excellent weather that we have enjoyed so far, I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Southern California, it has my heart as home.