our day at Wash Park and so much more

august 5 Wash Park august 5 along the highline canalAnother Lovely Ladies Day ! I picked up E first  and on our way to pick up L and D we had a terrific conversation about golf, her love of the game, and how much her husband taught her. 
When I picked up D she opened the car door, peeked in with a big smile on her face and said “Hello Friends!!”  I loved that and it set the tone or the day.  D filled us in on her trip to Frontier Days and is looking forward to the Rockies game this weekend.
During our morning refreshments E and D had very touching conversation. There is friendship and trust between these two.
We then went on a walk along the Highline Canal Trail for about a mile and half.  I looked up the history of the canal, when and why it was built, and how long it is.  When I told everyone that it was 71 miles long, E said she would probably only make it 70!   There are many enormous  Cottonwood trees along the path, one in particular that is wider that L, E, and D together.  Another thing that got our attention was a horse eating chokecherries!

Lunch was at Smash Burger.  E and D had the burger with fires (gluten free buns!) and Louise had a fantastic looking salad with grilled chicken.  We talked a lot about how very different Southglenn Mall is now, how it seems like a small city, and planters filled with such beautiful flowers. From there we made our way to the Eugene Field Library in the Bonnie Brae area for an Active Minds talk on the history of Denver.  When we got there, it was packed and people were standing in the door way to listen.  So, on to plan B.  We drove over to Wash Park, walked around the Mount Vernon Gardens and along the lake.  It was a perfect weather for this stroll. Lotsto see and talk about.  It was fun for me to watch who was drawn to which colors and varieties of flowers.  While sitting on the park bench we talked about the park itself and again I looked up a quick history of it.  It was built in 1899 and with design help from the the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown.
The day seemed to go by very quickly. Everyone was so observant of our surroundings, high energy, and very quick witted!
I love spending time with these women!

time at History Colorado Museum today

Another very enjoyable day!
After picking up B and T we met Mary and K at St John’s Church for coffee and pastry. Nice easy conversation with all.  It was warm again but a walk to the croquet lawn was really nice. We played croquet for a bit then headed off to The Colorado History Museum. We ate lunch in the museum cafe.. Next we attended a discussion about trolleys in the Denver area. We all were fascinated to learn how many there were and how popular they were. A gentleman visited with us and mentioned that we should go to the museum store. We did! B was so excited with a t-shirt he saw. He wanted me to buy it.  I took a picture of it so that maybe another time he could get it. I’ve not seen him  this  excited since we saw the red Ferraris in Morrison!
The day was full of memories of old rock and roll songs. We all sang “Let’s Twist again like we did last summer” before getting on the elevator at the museum. What fun guys they are! Hot again, so we were off to get ice cream sundaes.  T and B had several business experiences in
common which they loved sharing while we had our desserts.
What a special day for us all!

walking along Pearl Street in Denver

Hot temps obviously today, but we did our best. We started with coffees and waters and  getting ourselves settled into our day, then hit the road. Everyone was in a good mood and what I appreciated in particular, was  how eager they seemed to be to see each other. When C and I pulled up to D’s home, for example, C said, “Oh I’m glad D is coming, she’s so sweet”. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
The plan was a walk in Wash Park but we got as far as the area around Porter Hospital, when D said we were near where she lived as a child and asked if she could point out the way. So we did that instead, drove around that neighborhood, then parked and got out and walked throughout it as well. Then on to lunch, where a volunteer L was scheduled to join us. We went to a restaurant I had chosen on Pearl Street which I thought would be festive and fun, though I was  hesitant about the menu for this group. Turns out that yes, the menu was not one that appealed to the majority, so we had drinks and chips and guac then moved on to the pizza place next door! I like that I can offer that flexibility and spontaneity and decision making to the group, already we had scratched most of my plans and that  was perfectly fine with all of us!
We had  pizza and salads, at “Sexy Pizza” (why that name? We never figured that one out) at a long table along the sidewalk (oh the breeze felt good). We blew off the afternoon Active Minds talk I planned for us, and instead  lingered a little longer over lunch at restaurant #2.  Afterwards, L offered to stay with us a bit longer and we all took about a 45 minute walk in that Pearl Street area. Lots of interesting houses to see and discuss, plus this unique trump vine I grabbed a picture of. I have seen it dozens of times, and am fascinated by the way the property owner adapted the fence to the tangles of the plant. It seems representative to me of how we adjust our lives to make room for whatever happens to come along – just like we did today, adjust and accomodate and go with the flow, which suited us quite well today.
Thank you for the privilege of spending time with these wonderful ladies.

Cherokee Castle and Daniel’s Park

july 14 view from Cherokee Castle

Hi Everyone,

Fun day!  We had a 9:30 tour of Cherokee Castle set up. The castle is out in the Daniels Park area. I’ve heard numerous stories about the lady who was the last owner. One of our guys who grew up in Englewood had told me about this nice old rich lady named Tweet. He said that when he was young, she would come into Englewood for supplies, and all the kids would gather for treats from her. Well, it turned out this was her home. It sits on a overlook, over looking the Roxborough area. As we came up the two mile drive, we were greeted by a ranchhands dog. He followed us up to the portico, where he immediately made friends with the entire tour group. The castle was built in the 1920s. It was built to be a hunting lodge for the owners who lived in Park Hill full time. At the entrance to the greatroom there is a bison head, and two mounted bucks heads, all of which had been hunted on the grounds. The house is filled with art and beautiful antiques which Tweet acquired on her many trips abroad. There were also some unique artifacts that were gifted to her from various royalty and dignitaries that visited her there. The docents were on point and able to answer any question. Tweet was an avid reader, and at the time of her passing owned over 14,000 books.  We saw several rooms, but I think our favorite was the terrace. We could see from Pikes Peak to the Wyoming border. Terrific views. Apparently Tweet was an animal lover and instructed her staff to leave all the leftovers on the terrace for the wildlife. The property is still a working ranch of about 200-300 head of cattle. After the tour we drove into Castle Rock and went to Las Fajitas. What a find.  B and T both gave their shrimp tacos an enthusiastic thumbs up. Definitely have to keep it inour restaurant rotation from now on. After we threw in the white flags at lunch, we knew if we didnt start moving again, food coma was imminent. We drove to the Bluffs in Lone Tree. We followed the trail to the top and back down again,about a 2 1/2 mile hike. We stood atop the bluff, pointing out all the landmarks we could see. We were also close enough to Centennial airport that we could watch a few takeoffs and landings. We made our way down, with time to spare for an ice cream at Freddy’s. When I asked T how it was, he said “I hope there arent any of these close to me, or I would be there everyday.”

 Good day, both guys enjoyed the tour, saying it was much better than they would have guessed. No issues on the stairs in the tower or anyplace else in the castle. Both guys were sharp, with B asking questions about things we did together several months back. Terrific way to spend a day, and terrific company to share it with.

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.