On day 3 of our honeymoon we said goodbye to cabin #1 and traveled to our home for the second half of our trip. But we couldn't just go straight there -- we had to take the scenic route! After some extensive pre-research (presearch?) I discovered that a route through the mountains also happens to take us through several can't-miss attractions, including a few we didn't even plan on!
Our first stop was to find a post office to mail some postcards. We saw a sign for "Ward Post Office" and hung a left. We found ourselves in Ward, Colorado (population 150 in the 2010 census). It is considered a ghost town by some, but they at least had a functional post office. I bravely fought off the vicious coyotes and delivered our post cards!
We got back to civilization -- well, back to paved roads -- and headed to our first stop, Georgetown. The town, like Ward before it, and several other towns we would see later, was a former mining town. The main attraction, and the reason we were there, was the Georgetown Loop Railroad. We took a trip on the train out to an old silver mine, then we got a tour of the mine itself.
After lunch we and continued along the mountain ridge. On our way to our next stop we passed through Breckenridge. Even though it was nice and sunny, it was clear that they had gotten a lot of snow recently! Oh, and we saw a moose.
Our next stop: South Park City (no relation to the TV show).
Sigh, Dammit, Kenny!
Anyway, other than the single depiction from the show (which was technically outside the museum), this South Park is a recreation of a stereotypical frontier mining town. All of the buildings are authentic (though moved in from other locations) and they were jam-packed with artifacts.