Butterflies and The Boss
We had two separate outings today, one to the “Butterfly Pavilion” and one to Tattered Cover, where we got to shake hands with you-know-who. Two pretty different outings going on simultaneously today, really fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is a great place to visit especially on a chilly day, in the tropical, peaceful atmosphere.. There were zero crowds, we had the place almost to ourselves, and very knowledgeable staff kept us engaged and informed. Crowds at Tattered Cover? Well, yes. 1000 people were expected and at least that many showed up. Mr. Springsteen was as charming and natural as we’d hoped. What a special day this was
I picked up D and C before meeting the rest of the crew over at the Java Cafe. I had a bit of a sneezing fit in the car. Several sneezes in a row, maybe 6 or 7. When the fit seemed to be done, D said ” You need to work on making the 1st one count!” That was the 1st of several one liners out of him today, he was pretty sharp !
One of my favorite things to watch on Tuesday is each carpool come through the door of the coffee shop. It kind of feels like the TV show “Cheers”. This groups greets each other with such warm and welcoming smiles followed by lots of laughs every week.
In the parking garage at the museum, B got out of the car doing the “Moon Walk” followed by D doing “Walk Like an Egyptian”followed by C just dancing!
The Byers-Evans tour was terrific. Our tour guide Stephan, a volunteer, was very good! He really knew his stuff and it was clear to all of us that he has a passion for history. At the end of the tour D commented on how good it was and asked if it would be appropriate to tip him. That told me that along with other reactions throughout the tour, that everyone else thought it was great too.
Walking from the museum across the Denver Art Museum grounds we saw the dome of the capital. Today the sun was shining on but
we still had to look in the right place. It was so fun to watch Ja try and point out the dome to us. It took some persistence, but she was successful, and everyone let out quite a hoot when they finally spotted it!
Lunch at Zaidy’s was very good, followed by a walk along Adams Street. Later, while driving, we had a wonderful conversation that related back to our tour.
As we approached our meeting place, I told them that we were “so on time today”. R said”some days are just like that, but…90 percent of the time they’re not !” Ha! Oh so true! Great day.
Our day started at the Mizel Museum,an art museum dedicated to Jewish history and culture. The displays are very colorful and imaginative. The Garden of Eden, Noah’s Arc, the collection of Menorahs, the diorama, for lack of a better word of Yiddish Jew (think Fiddler on the Rood), a large painting of the Jewish calendar, paintings of child survivors of the Holocaust living in Colorado today, Jewish business (Samsonite and Rockmount), and much more. Our tour guide was good, though she did cover a lot history and culture and it was a lot to try to absorb. It’s a special place for sure, and is a regular stop for our program.
From there we had a lively lunch at the Egg and I. Almost all of us had breakfast, it’s great to have breakfast for lunch on a cold day, comforting I think. There was lots of banter back and forth up and down the table! Lots of talk about Thanksgiving dishes, we teased C about her love of French Toast and the incredible size of J’s apple pancake, D had a breakfast burrito with a little heat to it and he got some teasing too.
In the afternoon it was just too damp and chilly to stop for a walk, so of course we stopped and had frozen pumpkin pie custard and ate it in the car. We all giggled at the silliness of that, but enjoyed the treat with some nice conversation.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone !
Still boggles my mind that we were running around in shorts yesterday, and driving through slush today. It was one of the days where you get some twists and turns, and adjust on the fly. The guys have been friends long enough that they fall into rhythm quickly. After picking up the guys we headed to Lamars for our morning coffee. I think it was needed. We all perked up a bit and enjoyed our conversation. As you might imagine, a lot of it centered on the storm. We definitely enjoyed watching the snow blow from inside with a warm coffee. We got there and it was nice and quiet, gave us a good chance to get caught up. Our conversation was everywhere. We talked family, football, dogs, all the usual topics. Both B and D were in good spirits. They both started a bit slow, but once we were able to relax and talk, they both sharpened up. We braved the snow and loaded up the car and headed over to the Museum of Natural History. We had tickets for the planetarium, but after only 10-15 minutes in the museum, kids just came out of the woodwork. You could tell it was too much stimulation, so as I was trying to figure a graceful exit, B looked at me and said “I think this is too much, I’m gonna knock one of these kids over on accident”. That was all I need to here, we left and went to get some lunch.
We had a nice lunch at Annie’s on Colfax. We had a super server, (in fact Brian brought her up several times later in the afternoon.) We decided to go to Wings over the Rockies after lunch and look at some of their space displays. Well, it was closed for a private party. Luckily, Mary is working on updating her outing book and was able to offer a few suggestions. We went to the C.U. Wildlife Experience to see an IMAX on space exploration. At least we were able to keep the planetarium theme going. We had a few minutes so we were able to get a small coffee and talk some more. I thought it was great that Brian and Dave were able to get some quality time with each other, and they really seemed to enjoy it. The movie was about our mission planning to go to Mars. Needless to say that dominated the conversation on the way home. The first group of Mars astronauts are going to have to go on a three year mission, and NASA expects it to be by 2030. They also mixed in some actual footage of Mars taken by the rovers sent there. We couldn’t understand why anyone would even want to go. Desolate and rocky. While we had a obstacle or two today, I felt it was more about the company than the activity.
What an interesting day !! The 3 carpools met at our usual coffee shop, got caught up with each other, and headed north to the US Postal Service Distribution Center. We were split into two groups for a really interesting tour that lastedabout an hour. We were given tons of information…
It really was very cool. Everyone interacted with our guides, asking how long they worked there, thanking them for their work, asking appropriate questions. D shared that she has a family member who works as a carrier, when the guide talked about a processing plant there. B commented on how clean the Center is, and that he expected it to be grimy and smell of diesel. J was really checking out the various conveyor belt systems and asked specifically about a 3 step system that cut open bundles of bulk mailing for sorting. And D talked about the people aspect…how much more social it seemed to be to work at the hand sorting centers vs. keeping an eye on the automated machines, as well as the mechanics that rode 3 wheel bicycles to various problems spots around the plant.Lunch was at the Olive Garden. Everyone was pretty pleased with their meals. As you know they bring out lots of salad and bread sticks. Everyone had multiple helpings of salad, R commented a couple of times how great it was. I did notice that about half the table doesn’t each black olives though !
Er, J, and I started out day with a long walk on the Stone House Trail along Bear Creek in Lakewood. The entire length of the trail is 2.3 miles and I’ll bet we did three quarters of it in about 50 minutes. It is a lovely dirt trail which parallels the creek, both J and E were game to continue after about 30 minutes and did terrific. We came across a small inlet of water that was a fairly wide step, E said “oh, not a problem“and literally hopped over, then put her hand out to help J across! I wish I had my camera ready.
When we got back to the parking area Mary arrived within a few minutes with D, L, and a few snacks. Mary and L left and the 3 ladies and I had our refreshments next to the the historic stone house which was built around 1860. The conversation was very easy, mostly about we were all ready for the election to be over and that none of us were really paying attention to the noise of it anymore.
This was a laid back, easy, and very pleasant day. I very much enjoyed my day with with everyone.
Happy Veterans Day!
Our way of expressing gratitude today was to visit the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora. The memorial is made up of glass panels that have the names of nearly 6000 Colorado men and women killed in action dating back to the Spanish American War. It was a beautiful day to visit and we were able talk, linger, and learn. There was one name that we were hoping to find listed. D’s Uncle. There is a computer kiosk at the memorial site that has information about the memorial itself as well as listing of all names and where they are located on the panels. With some patience, we were able to locate his name exactly where his name was on the memorial. D, of course,was thrilled and quite moved. As we made our way back to the car I heardmany comments about how really nice the memoral is and that it is a wonderful tribute.
For lunch we went to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. They were busy (free entree for Vets today) but we had called ahead and were able to get seated quickly for a terrific lunch. The brusselsprouts were enjoyed by everyone…well, almost everyone!
Wow, what a cool day we had. After coffee and donuts the guys and I headed to the Rambler Ranch!
All of our guys had been there before, but it had been quite a while, over a year, and yet when we were talking about it on the drive, everyone had specific memories of their last visit there. Dave told us about seeing one of his wife’s first cars, while B was able to tell us all about an RTD bus filled with mannequins, and Dave remembered the funky AMC cars that they have. It’s a huge property out east of Elizabeth. They have several large garages filled with Ramblers, and some other old brands like the Hudson, and my favorite, the AMC cars. They have all been either restored, or are original and in wonderful shape. The mechanic was our tour guide for our visit today. He was great. We could touch, get in, just about anything but drive them. They do all run, and they all had the keys in them. Being as we are all kind of car geeks, it was perfect for us. We even enjoyed their display of vintage appliances called Kelvanator, which were built by Renault, which owned Rambler. Our tour guide let us go at our own pace, linger where we wanted, and had great stories to tell. We might still be there if our stomachs hadn’t started to growl. Lucky for us, Mary had set us up with a nice picnic lunch to eat in the sun at the ranch. The ranch does not do tours this late in the year, (yet fortunately they did for Out&About Colorado) so we had the big picnic area to ourselves. As you can imagine the conversation revolved around cars. We were able to enjoy the sunshine, friendship, and some fond memories of cars past. We finished up and hit the road for the beautiful drive back into town.
Great Day, good to see everyone have fun and enjoy the camaraderie.
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