A Quick Trip to Colorado

One of the joys of loving someone is the opportunity to meet the people that person treasures. In the meeting stories from the past take on new life. Suddenly the characters have a physical reality, albeit one altered by time. This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to Colorado to meet some dear friends of Pam, Mimi and Cal.

A photo of Pam and me with Mimi and Cal.

A photo with our gracious hosts.

We toured the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder, CO on Saturday. It was the first time I have had to wear a beard net. It was an enjoyable tour. Outside the factory we saw many prairie dogs–which somehow I had missed in previous trips to Colorado.

A prairie dog, possibly smelling herbal teas.

A prairie dog, possibly smelling herbal teas.

Following the tea tour we drove through Boulder and to the mountains. We had lunch by Barker Meadow Reservoir. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing. The elevation at the reservoir is 8,183 ft above sea level, which seems quite high considering I live at 85 ft.

Barker Meadow Reservoir on a blustery November day.

Barker Meadow Reservoir on a blustery November day.

From there we went to Golden Gate Canyon State Park. We hiked some of the Horseshoe Trail. It was a relatively warm November day, yet parts of the trail were snowy.

The Horseshoe Trail in November.

The Horseshoe Trail in November.

I ran ahead to the Greenfield Meadow, but I did not manage to find a spot with dramatic panoramic views. The rocks, evergreens, white birches, and snow made for a beautiful setting.

A scene from the Horseshoe Trail.

A scene from the Horseshoe Trail.

We drove through Golden on the way home, seeing the stream that Coors made famous. On Sunday we attended Littleton Bible Chapel. After the service we had lunch at White Fence Farm in Lakewood. And then it was off to the airport to travel back to California.

Mimi and Cal were excellent hosts. They treated us to meaningful conversation, wonderful food, and new sights.

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