our day on the Cherry Creek Trail

Some favorite lines of mine today:
 I was telling everyone about a couple I am caring for who are in their 90s, and how  I’d been with them this morning and noticed at breakfast they were flirting with each other. B said, “well then it was a happy meal”!
D had a funny line in the car on the way to lunch. I called the restaurant and told them we were on our way, and they agreed to hold a large table for us. After I hung up, D said, “they must not have realized it was us who were coming.” We all laughed and I said, “Yes! You noticed I didn’t give them  my name?”
Lots of chuckles all day long…
T on our walk, stopped in his tracks, turned to me and said, “this is perfect”, then motioned to all the beauty around us. I agreed, the temperature today was so good for a walk and we were out in some great big open spaces with lots of trees.  We were  on part of the Cherry Creek Trail, we began at the trailhead at the “17 Mile House” in Parker. We walked for about 45 minutes, had snacks and drinks which I’d brought for us to share, then we went to the noon IMAX film, then to a late lunch. I was surprised how much everyone seemed to enjoy the film, it was simple and peaceful, about  apes from different parts of the world. There was something calm yet entertaining about it.
After lunch we were loading up the two cars to head home when a waiter ran out to us with both a hat and a pair of sunglasses we’d left at the table. Yikes! B said, “at least we didn’t leave any people behind.”
We reminisced a bunch today about past trips, I was really pleased by how well many of our  group remembered outings we’ve done, even a year or more ago. It encourages me to keep on planning, keep on going, keep on daytripping, and touring, and spending  quality time together.
I genuinely enjoyed all our time with the group today, thanks for helping us make that happen.

Littleton Historical Museum today for a walk

on our walk

on our walk

S and L and I walked the circumference of the Littleton Historical Museum, there is so much to see on that walk, and yesterday some baby sheep came right up to the fence next to us. S and L, being their regular fun loving, animated selves, started right in imitating the noise all those sheep were making, and the more I laughed, the more they did it! We met B for lunch and had burrito bowls, which were a big hit, and then L and I did a little shopping after we brought S home. We did the things we enjoy doing, a nice drive, time outdoors, another good walk (I was impressed by her energy in the heat), and we snacked all day

I heard her tell a white butterfly today, on our walk, “you need someone to play with”…I think she was right, he flew by us all alone! Love her observations.

Our Day at Red Rocks

Hi Everyone!…quick update on our day. I’d like to start by thanking B for introducing me to his very handsome, very big grandson. B has always told us how big he his, and it’s true! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person glow until this morning, until  I saw B holding him. Sure started my day off on the right note.

Our first stop was at the Windy Saddle Cafe in Golden. What a find! It was bustling for sure, but still comfortable enough to sit and talk, and talk we did. This was an especially social day for everyone. We were all so engrossed in our conversation that we ended up spending a good bit of time there. Very wide ranging topics of conversation. I know in the coffee shop alone we touched on music, fishing, hiking, skiing, and whether it was thyme or tarragon in the scones.  There was a lot of wisecracks and banter. This group has a really nice dynamic. Very natural. I was thinking at lunch that it seemed like a bunch of old friends getting together.

When we finally left the coffee shop, we found a puppy sitting in a chair on the sidewalk, needless to say with this group of dog lovers, we spent plenty of time discussing dogs, and petting the dog. Then in was in the cars for a quick jaunt up to Red Rocks. When we first arrived it was a bit chilly so we went straight to the Colorado Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a work in progress, but has some very cool stuff. We spent a lot of time looking at the room full of guitars. One that we were particularly taken by, was an acoustic made out of the 2012 national Christmas tree. I’d encourage you to visit the museum again sometime soon, here is the link: http://cmhof.org

We then made our way up the hill to the Red Rocks Museum. Only real snafu of the day was they were working on the elevator. Everybody decided we should stay and take the stairs down which we did. Everyone did great on the stairs. Special hoozahs to these guys, they did great. Several reawakened memories later we took the stairs back up. By this time it was beautiful out, so we walked around the outside pavillion, talking about how lucky we are to live where we do.

Finally it was back in the car and back to Morrison for lunch. J had a great idea in taking us to Red Rocks Grill. First time there for most of us. Most certainly won’t be the last. Again, very social, with flowing conversation. Terrific seeing everyone engaged and having fun. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!



tour at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs

Hello group:

We did have fun yesterday. It was a long drive to Peterson Air Force Base, but I don’t think that was an issue for anyone. I liked seeing C in the far back of the van, he figured out a way to sit sort of sideways, he had his coffee in the cup holder next to him, his legs crossed, looking out the window – from my rear view window he looked like he was casually perched on a sofa in a living room!

Long drive, but we finally got to the onsite museum and had a very good tour. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing the people in my care be so engaged in what we are doing. This happens at the Denver Art Museum, at a historic house tour in Golden, listening to a naturalist teach us about box turtles, at a museum learning about the tool used to dehorn cattle!…it happens many places and quite often. Yesterday was one of those days. One of our tour guides at the Air Force Museum was the former pilot of this immense plane we boarded. He flew it during the Cold War, using radar to detect Russian aircraft. He connected with the guys so well. He would ask them questions periodically, giving them a minute to come up with the answers, and they usually would. I loved that – they all seemed interested in his discussion of radar, morse code, sextons, vacuum tubes, etc. (T told him and the group how his dad had used vacuum tubes to fix their T.V. in his childhood, and about his nephew who is a pilot). And they all asked wonderfully appropriate and thoughtful questions of the guide.

A late lunch then we headed home!

We heard Dr. Tom Noel today, speaking about his new book on Colorado history

We had a really good day today. It was “one of those”, just clicked right along, full of energy. I didn’t have the morning tightly scheduled, I wanted to leave it up to their requests – donuts or a walk or whatever, but the stars aligned, we didn’t have one minute of morning traffic, and I realized I’d be near Wash Park in time for a good 1/2 hour of croquet, so we went. It’s indoors now, and the course is smaller, and the game is quicker. The five of us walked in and were immediately swept into a game. Well, the four of them were, and I happily noticed the coffee bar where I got myself a latte and cheered them on. B played well again today, and when I pretended to be interviewing him about his secret, he said, “Well. I’m left handed.” Ok! Maybe that’s it!

It’s wonderful how there is a reliable group of volunteers at the croquet, to make us feel welcome and to keep things moving.

Then to pick up D and to lunch. Conversations today – whoa, we covered religion, (here’s for deep thought..) I asked “does anyone know the difference between Lutheran and Catholic”? R: “Yea, Lutherans have better Bingo.” One of the guys said outloud, twice, “I wonder if maybe I can get through the whole day today without losing anything”. They all pretended to be begging me for donuts in the morning, the more I refused the funnier the joke got. They talked about “Syd King” – made them all giggle – moonshine, the recent tragedy in Paris, the early days in Englewood, and on Broadway,(the restaurant was filled with photos that brought back memories for many of them), car racing, motorcycle racing, on and on..

After lunch we had plenty of time and made our way to the History Colorado for the talk by “Dr.Tom Noel.” He was introducing his new atlas about Colorado and had plenty of stories, lots of photos on his powerpoint (which I always think makes these talks better), and more than a few laughs.