http://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg 0 0 Mary Archer http://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg Mary Archer2019-03-19 19:06:502019-03-19 19:06:50Great Beginnings for lunch, and an IMAX at Wildlife Experience
Today just flowed right along, and we had many laughs. G was in a terrific mood and full of energy from the moment he climbed in the car. We then picked up R and P and off we went to meet Bruce who had T and T with him. Bruce took the guys for these funny little donut things at McDonalds, and bought coffees for them. They sat and watched customers, and children playing. T is not only Mr. Navigator but also Mr Observant, we always notice that about him. Bruce was very surprised when T pointed out a park they drove past and said to Bruce, “you and I have walked there”, which was correct. T commented on things at McDs like, “that little boy’s green shirt”, or “that girl is stuck!”.
Not too sure we’ll partake in McDs donuts again, but it was a perfect, brief start to the day for these guys.
My carpool had some time in Barnes and Noble, and made our way to their Starbucks. On the way G picked up a stuffed animal (Beatrix Potterish) and then of course found a child to hand it to, he really had this boy laughing with the dancing bunny, it was sweet.
We had apple tarts and coffee, then off we all went for the days’ adventure.
We took a scenic drive in the Ken Caryl area, and listened to music in the car. I had been told that G was a big fan of our 60s satellite station, and man is that true. Whistling, singing, ..fantastic. All of them were enjoying the music.
We talked about Sears closing down, and P reminded me that it used to be called Sears Roebuck, which I’d forgotten. He and T had a hilarious moment when I said something about them being “Larry, Curly and Moe in my car.” Then I asked them if they could remember the name of the 4th Stooge. P said, “give me a minute. Or give me a few days.” And really after a few minutes he shouted “Shemp” and was tickled with himself. T was amazed! T asked him how he remembered that, and P said with his huge grin, “I brought it up from the depths!”
We wandered a bit indoors and out, at CU’s Extension School which is also called the Wildlife Experience. Beautiful building, lots of sculptures and art work on display. We attended a noon film about nature in our own backyards, deer, coyote, frogs, birds, raccoons…it was 3D and had some terrific scenery.
T liked the CU images in the center, and told me to be careful on the walkways, pointing out where “the salt is to get rid of the ice”.
We talked about last week’s storm, G told us how he watched out his kitchen window as the snow blew sideways, P told us stories about his career, his time ushering for the Rockies, about his father’s love of Lawrence Welk. R told us – and our waiter who was curious – about racing at Pike’s Peak and Bandimere and Indianapolis, T made a “snowball” out of toilet paper and threw it at G, and T kiddingly called him a “tough guy”.
We had lunch at Great Beginnings, they were exceptionally kind and welcoming to us, discounting our bill and bringing us a plate of cookies too. I have two favorite standout moments of the day, one is during lunch when Bruce got up to use the restroom. As he was walking away T said, “ok, now we can talk about him”. Ha!
And secondly, on my drive home, when it was getting quiet after our full day, listening to P sing along un-self-consciously with Anne Murray, “Can I have this dance for the rest of my life”.