Friday, August 19th we meet up with Sharon Collins Deakins (the daughter of our friends, Tom & Joanne Collins from Philadelphia; now Avalon) who lives across the street from Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Isn’t that amazing….another Chautauqua in our August travels. Here’s a factoid from a sign that tells part of the truly incredible story…from the late 1800’s and early 20th Century.
Sharon has her two eager-to-hike doggies with her and leads us on an inspirational height (about 5,800 feet high). The sights from the Chautauqua Park grounds (still owned by the City of Boulder, but managed by the Association) can be seen from about 48 miles worth of trails here.
We get to the highest point and try our hand at building some rock cairns. You can see the Flatiron Mountains that attract many rock-climbers. Some fog rolls in, but a gloriously sunny day again…about 75 degrees for the high today and 35% humidity. Great hiking weather.
Sharon helped us back to the main grounds, which consist of a bunch of historic cottages (some owned privately; some for rent through the Association), the main auditorium and, thankfully, a great place to eat.
Later, we go to seek the labyrinth up in the hills above Boulder about 6 miles from our house. We have walked a few dozen of these peace-bringing structures over the past 10 years. This one is very frustrating and we can’t finish it…the paths are about as wide as your foot, but totally uncomfortable to walk. Oh, well….it was another adventure.
Our last supper will be tonight at another Pearl Street wonder place…Pizzeria Locale. Sky took us there last October when we were here for Drew’s college visit.
I will post a final chapter later. We are headed up to the high country today to have dinner and stay the week at Mike, Sky & Eli’s in Oak Creek, CO. Stafford’s are driving us in their trusty Subaru. Amy and Brock are off to see Tim (and to meet the lovely Jessie) in Crested Butte tonight. They will spend the weekend at a local Gunnison Holiday Inn before returning to Denver airport area…and on to Philadelphia on Monday.
Good-bye to Drew for now…college man…All the Best.