Drew sighting on Friday afternoon.

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.

Yes…that’s millions at hundreds of Chautauquas in the US.  This one was founded as joint effort with Texans from Austin.  Spurred on by the railroad’s growth into Colorado.  See that the word is even a small “c”…it had become a noun explaining a place of learning.

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.

The hungriest people are seated first…the architecture is late Victorian or Arts and Crafts again.  Table service and delicious food.

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.

We tried…maybe Louise even got to the end.  The labyrinth not recommended.

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.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


  • This trip is getting better and better. Seems like a lot is going on! Our best to Butch and Louise. Keep having fun ! Dick and Linda


  • So AWESOME to see all of you at Chautauqua today! You and Nancy are an amazing inspiration…in appreciating the beauty & adventure everywhere you go! Look forward to seeing you again in Boulder!


    • Sharon…what a great hike. You made 500 people disappear for us. Great to be with you and the doggies. Sorry I got your last name wrong.


  • How fortunate you and your bride are to have walked so many labyrinths that you can compare their styles and ease of completion!
    Beautiful photos, as always.
    And, my heart ached a little with that last photo of your Drew walking toward his next big adventure. Such a wonderful, full life!


    • Thanks again, Queenie. He was headed into the gymnasium to do his lifting workout…it’s good for his soul and keeps him grounded.


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