July 10, 2016
It is so incredibly beautiful here in Colorado. The mountains immediately to our west seem to spring from the ground, straight up to the sky in a nearly straight line. They’re magnificent, much as has been our trip.
We started late at Michael’s house, not saying goodbye and leaving until around 08:30. Michael made us delicious waffles, which is his specialty. I really enjoyed spending time with my youngest brother and meeting Beth, who is terrific.
We had wanted to drive up Mt. Evans, one of Colorado’s “fourteeners,” and visit Red Rocks, which is practically in Michael and Beth’s back yard, but it was going to take more time than we had, so we instead drove directly to Boulder. Since we were on the west side of Denver we drove up through Golden instead of taking the 36. It was a nice drive.
We drove by the house where I lived my junior and senior years of high school. It looks the same. I told them stories of my adventures and misadventures while there. I did some pretty stupid things back then. I also drove them by Fairview High School, which looks more run down than I remember it being 25 years ago. I then showed them where I went to church (and more importantly, it’s parking lot, where I’d spin 360ºs in the parking lot with my mom’s car).
Then we drove up Broadway, through the campus at the University of Colorado, where I worked concessions for men’s basketball games, then past what used to be Crossroads Mall, where I worked at Arby’s. It was a fun trip down memory lane.
We found a parking spot on Pearl Street, near the beginning of its mall. It was a few minutes before 10:00, so Into The Wind hadn’t yet opened. When they did open their doors, we spent quite a bit of time looking at all of their many colorful gizmos. I purchased a frisbee and yo-yo. I remember purchasing a diamond kite there with Kirsten, 25 years earlier. The store has changed very little since then.
For lunch we ate at Foolish Craig’s. The hippie burger had jalapeños and a fried egg. How was I not supposed to order that winning combination? The old fashioneds were also delicious.
The Clayton’s had church until 16, so we had a few hours to burn after lunch, so we visited the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado. The girls watched a presentation on moons and a laser show, but I slept the whole time, which was nice. It seems like the entire trip I’ve been getting increasingly tired. I have a feeling when I get home I’m going to sleep for days.
It was super great to visit with the Claytons at their house in Broomfield. Jodi is Kirsten’s sister. I hadn’t seen Will or my neices and nephews for years, so it was very nice to be reunited and to catch up. They had prepared for us a delicious dinner, which we ate at their long table. It sure beat a hotel and restaurant. After dinner a couple of the kids went to a fireside meeting at church, so the rest of us played The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Game, which was fun. I was wicked tired, so after a round I excused myself and retired to the room they had prepared for me. That bed was so nice, and much needed. No daughter kicked me, which was a relief.