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 Archer2019-06-06 18:45:402019-06-06 18:45:51Iris 4 U , a walk in Deer Creek Canyon and out to lunch at Chilis
We had Plan A, Plan B and Plan C all ready – the forecast was so iffy in regards to rain, but we really lucked out.
We met first at Panera Breads for our morning goodies, then headed to “Iris 4 U” to check out the acres of colorful iris. If you have time this week, you might want to check it out before it’s too late. A very easy place to get to, no charge and a hidden gem. J’s comment “I love colors” is something I can relate to, and at these gardens we even appreciated the pretty grasses and learned a bit about them from the owner. He, Bob, is exceptionally kind to us, and remembered us from last year (By the way, JM did too. She asked Jennifer, “didn’t we come here last spring with Brian?” Right on! JM was happy she brought that memory up, so were we) Bob invited us all to stand right in the middle of the field of iris for a group photo. We told him we might accidentally crush a flower or two as we navigated our way into position, and he said he didn’t mind at all.
Steve imitated T for me, at the office later in the day, he said it was really cool when they first arrived at the gardens. There are a few rows of iris, then as the group walked forward it opened up to a large field, and T’s jaw dropped as he opened up his arms as if saying “Wow”. At one point T bent down to pick up a pedal, and he didn’t let go of it the rest of their time there, protecting it from being stepped on.
Steve also said, “T and G together are hilarious. They do such a funny Kung Foo fighting thing. Like brothers, goofing off”
There is a lookout post that requires climbing a few steps. T and Jennifer went up there. She invited P and he – Mr Quick One-liner Guy – said, “No. I like to be grounded”.
Steve enjoyed hearing P’s stories today about when he ushered for the Rockies. P speaks so highly of those days, he said, “it was relaxed and it was really great”. P also spoke a bunch about his days in marching band. The group had driven past a high school where the band was practicing. It brought up some really clear memories for P, and he told us about “22.214.171.124…marching in place and marching across the field” and about the bell of the trumpet, and how he played trumpet but also sometimes baritone.
G and JM enjoyed singing today, as usual. We get such a kick out of listening to them, and JM is to the point where she sees him and starts right in!
After the iris farm we took a drive up into Ken Caryl and into Deer Creek Canyon. The weather was still cooperating, so we were able to get out for a decent little walk in the park there, on Rattlesnake Gulch. Someone asked if there were any rattlesnakes and G very quickly said, “yes, there’s one right there”, making Jennifer jump! They were on a wide, open dirt path and walked a loop, each at their own pace, and doing well.
Lunch was at Chilis where JM had a funny line, when Jennifer asked her once they were seated, “are you chilly?” JM: “No, but that’s where we are!”