I live in Melrose Park Illinois, and since the mid 1970's, I have spent many summers driving my jeep out to the Salida area and camping in what I consider some of the most scenic places in the US. I have made over sixteen trips there.
I love your site, and have noticed that some of your photos mirror mine, just a decade or two apart!
My kitchen wall, for instance is adorned with a shot of the 'Home Comfort Hotel' from about 1985.
My wife and I want to retire near Salida,and I have lots of 'older' pictures of Buena Vista that you might enjoy.