The San Luis Valley although politically part of Colorado has long been more closely tied culturally with Santa Fe to the South. This is an arid area that was brought to life with the use of handmade tools. The San Luis People's Ditch was created by the community in 1852 without surveying equipment. The Ditch that connects with Culebra Creek was successful enough that San Luis produced nearly all of the food that the town needed. This made San Luis nearly self-sufficient, also leading to its isolation.
The success of the
It's a beautiful and moving walk. I am not a Christian myself but this series of monuments to the last days of Jesus did move me.
This one mile walk rises to the top of a small hill overlooking San Luis. During important religous holidays the local townspeople (mainly Catholic) walk and sometimes crawl along the path in an important town tradition.
The 12 bronze statues depict the final days of the life of Christ. From the time that he is condemned to death, to his crucifiction and his rising.
This was my first stop in town. It was my first chance to try out my spanish skills on this trip.
I am taking Spanish at University. So I did and got by. The wonderful lady spoke English but I wanted to practice.
She told me about the town and a little of the history. I knew enough beforehand that this town has been drawing me for a while. The People's Ditch, the disputed land rights.
"How is that going in the courts?" I asked. In english for something that difficult.
"It's going well," she replied. "A younger couple bought the land and they have been very easy to work with."
The parcel of land near San Luis was established as a place for the community to share in the hunting and wood gathering. When the Anglos moved in they didn't recognize this land title that could not be documented. However, in the deed to the land the right of the citizens of San Luis to use the land for these purposes was included. Several years back a wealthy east coaster bought the land and refused to recognize those rights. Last I had read in the local media the case was going to the Colorado Supreme Court.
This new change is welcomed news.
This museum chronicles the history of San Luis and tells the story of the first hispanic settlers in the Valley. Admission is 2 dollars for adults.
I came looking for a doppio espresso. Perhaps a little conversation, plan B was a bar in town.
Two great social lubricants. Coffee and liqour, perhaps with a smoke in hand.
The coffee was great. The espresso was smooth with a nice chocolate aroma and a great creama.
The people were not out. Save for a couple of older ladies meeting for a mid-afternoon conversation and meal. I sat outside on the patio and watched the traffic go by. Few and far between and the same couple of teens driving in their SUV with thumping bass (and I can appreciate good bass) going the entire town length of 10 blocks before turning around and doing it over again.
Who were they trying to impress? I'm sure everyone in this one horse town [and in front of the general store was a hitching post] knew they had good bass.
I was impressed during the course of that cigarrette.
Several times over.
Favorite Dish: The coffee. I recommened espresso.
It's a nice little restuarant that serves Mexican and American dishes. Some of the tables look out over the main street and if you feel lke a drink afterwards Joe's Saloon is right next door.
Favorite Dish: I had the beef tamales with green chile. The chile and preperation was excellent.