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 Archer2019-09-06 15:26:312019-09-06 15:27:08Aren't we lucky to have Eldorado State Park ?
In the Visitors Center at Eldorado State Park there are photos of rock climbers through the years. J and I decided, “no way!”. He pointed to the ground and said, “I’m fine. Right here”. But he and I also talked about the fact that he’s climbed many 14ers, and B told us about climbing in Yosemite at Half Dome!
Over our coffee and fruit and pastries this morning we had some fun conversations, including our middle names and why we have them. J’s middle name starts with a B, so I asked him periodically throughout the day if I could start calling him JB. Nope, he was going to allow me to do that! Talking about our initials arose from Torrey getting us on the subject of three letter acronyms. R took that and ran with it, so did everyone but it stuck with Ray. We brought up things like RBI, MIA, POW, DIA, all that..and then when I announced it was time to hit the road, R said, “HTR?”
J and I have a great back and forth going these days, teasing. He is quick! As we were going to “HTR”, I asked him if he was collecting our trash. He was, but when I handed him mine he said, “not anymore”. Hay!
On our drive to the Boulder area every person in the car made observations, R: “there’s NCAR”, B, “those Flatirons are so beautiful”. We talked about our college or hometown mascots, cars, and music.
While walking in the state park we discovered a young dad fly fishing in the creek with his baby girl strapped on his back. He was swaying as he fished, to help her sleep, it was so sweet to watch. He later came up to chat with us and show us the fish he’d caught. B told me that reminded him of a fly fishing trip as a teenager to Wyoming, and also a recent trip to Breckenridge with his grandchildren.
We walked for about 40 minutes, not at a quick pace, but fairly steady. But we had to stop along the way and examin how the bridge was structured, the different colors in the rocks, the steps leading up to a picnic area, and chat with our fisherman friend.
Later, over lunch at Southside Walnut Café in Boulder, we talked about schools, and teachers, and R told us a story about being in kindergarten! He remembers getting gum stuck in his hair during naptime, what a funny memory. L told us travel stories, going with a buddy up the west coast, across Canada and down through the East Coast. B asks such great conversation starter type questions, like at lunch he asked which states we’d all like to visit, and L’s answer was a sincere, “I’d like to visit all of them again”. B told us about a sister who lives in Alaska, and what it was like growing up with sisters. “Not bad at all”, he said, and told us how they played musical instruments together. L said he and his sibs and cousins “were the entire choir” in their home town!
R has met Mr Gates, B has met Mr Anchutz, interesting stories there, plus these men have lots of overlaps in terms of their upbringing, the parts of the country they lived in and so on. Really nice spending the day with them, looking forward to next week.