https://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg 0 0 Mary Archer https://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg Mary Archer2019-06-28 20:08:012019-07-01 23:50:24Denver Botanic Gardens for lunch
Well the hot hot temps in the afternoon zapped our energy somewhat, and looking back maybe the Denver Botanic Gardens wasn’t the best choice for today, but we did well. The group walked through the gardens and on, to “The Hive”, which is an outdoor restaurant under huge trees. So we had shade and fortunately breezes too. We sat overlooking a water feature and ordered cheeseburgers for all, to keep things simple. Jennifer was teasing the guys about “hey, no more jeans, it’s time to wear shorts” but L said, “you don’t want to see my white legs”. “Excuse me?” asked J, then he rolled up one pant leg to show us that L had serious competition!
The subject of 4th of July came up. We asked if anyone recalled traditions from years past. J said they couldn’t have fireworks when they lived in the parklands, “but Zion? I wouldn’t have traded living there for doing fireworks.” P made everyone laugh with his precise answer. “Nope. No fireworks for us as kids. They were strictly prohibited“. HA! that wording sure made his message clear. Nice image he gave us after this when he then said, ‘but we played horseshoes. My dad was the best in town.”
The group slowly made their way out of the gardens after lunch. Jennifer pointed out bees in a particular flower area, which mezmorized J. He does not like the heat, but he forgot about that when he was watching the bees hard at work. They came across a buckeye tree, and P threw his arm up in the air, remembering his days in Ohio, yelling. “Go Buckeyes!” There was one of the exotic Cholula glass art pieces on display which certainly caught everyone’s attention, (as Jennifer said, “enough to pause”), but the hot air convinced them to keep on moving.
The morning was spent as we pretty much always do, over coffee and treats (today chocolate croissants). Jennifer’s group found a very comfortable patio at Spinilli’s, where a little girl was walking in and out of a nearby shop bringing her dog water and treats, so that was entertainment enough. Then they met up with L and Torrey at Wash Park for a walk, where they stayed close to the water channel. No one took Jennifer’s dare so she went in the water up to her ankles by herself!, but there were bunches of preschoolers also in the ankle high water with life jackets on and nets to catch whatever they could find. Adorable, and again – quite entertaining. The group was fortunate to then find an open picnic table under a Cottonwood tree and had waters and cookies before heading to the Botanic Gardens. T was a help to Torrey as they refilled our water jug. They walked over the Wash Park Rec Center to do that, I am pretty sure this was a first, the group guzzled every drop we had brought with us.