I have never been farther west than St. Louis so this was a first for me. Of course, what caught my attention the most were the Rocky mountains. We live in mountains in Virginia but compared to the Rockies, our Blue Ridge Mountains are foothills. (Steve and I had a discussion on mountains and agreed that one really cannot compare because each range has its own geography and personality.) I was fascinated with those mountains and it was hard to take my eyes off of them whenever we went out. It was wonderful to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. They showered us with cards and drawings and snuggles and laughs. Claire and Daniel also took us sightseeing as much as we were able. The corona virus was announced as a pandemic while we were away from home. Schools, businesses, and practically everything else began shutting down each day that we were there. It was disconcerting to have this happen while we were so far away from our home. We weren't planning to be gone for long but part of me felt compelled to return home to prepare for whatever was to come. In the end, we remained calm, enjoyed our visit, and observed how Coloradans responded to the pandemic.
Fortunately, Colorado is a place where they embrace the outdoors and much leisure time is spent in the wide open. No one shut down nature and our excursions focused mainly on that. On our first day, (before businesses closed) we walked around downtown Boulder and visited a wonderful bookstore. The next day, we went to see Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The weather was mainly cool and a little bit snowy/rainy. Whenever the sun came out, it quickly warmed up. Soon after we left Red Rocks, they announced their closure.
|Pedestrian shops at Pearl Street, Boulder, Co|
|Approaching Red Rocks (queue the Flintstones theme song)|
|The entrance and ticket booth. There is a museum and restaurant below.|
|The amphitheater was much larger than I expected. It was beautifully worked into the natural landscape. I was told folks gather for yoga here and I noticed people walk up and down the steps for a workout.|
|I would like to return for a concert one day, although the juxtaposition of the place had a dizzying effect on me.|
|Click on the link in the paragraph above to read about the intricate workmanship of artisans who created this building in Tajikistan.|
|He ended up ordering a beer.|
Claire packed hot chocolate and snacks and we took a nice hike around Bear Lake. Other portions and trails in the park were closed for the winter season.
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
|Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park|
|Snowball fight in the parking lot!|
|Mari is good at drawing mazes for Steve and I to solve.|
|Enchanted Mesa Trail|
|Flatirons in the background.|
|Overlooking Boulder, Co|
|Everywhere there is a backdrop of mountains. (The Flatirons are actually considered foothills.)|