9/13-23 Golden, CO
9/23 Making our way to Seattle, WA
Please check the intinerary. We were planning to go next to Estes Park, CO, but the area was recently flooded, houses collapsing, people dying… Seems best to come back and tour the Rockies next year or some other future time. So, we’ll be heading toward Washington state to visit with four friends–Chris’ fishing buddy, John, my teaching buddy, Barbara, and two mutual friends–Andrea, who we met on her honeymoon in Jamaica 12 or 13 years ago, and Bruce, who we worked the Renaisance Faire with 27-odd years ago.
No, the state of Colorado has not floated away, as according to California and Washington news. Yes, it is still raining, thunder and lightning and all, and yes, tonight’s square dance has been canceled due to impassible roads, but Denver, Golden, Bolder, and Jefferson County have not drained off to the Mississippi.
My Aunt Rachel’s basement did flood in one area, so they’re ripping up carpet, bailing, and drying it out. We’ll be visiting again on Monday–hopefully a sunnier day.
Yesterday we decided to do indoorsy things (because it was raining). We took the Coors Brewery Tour. You could tell the local residents who have taken this self-guided tour before. They didn’t stop to push the buttons on the recorder to hear how Coors (initially Kors) selected Golden because he approved of the water, how he used local hops, corn and grains (except for specialty hops from Germany), or how prohibition caused his company to make malt for soda drinks and candy (Mars was the biggest buyer). Instead they took off at a fast clip. Halfway through you get a 2 oz sample of beer (no sharing, no giving it to someone else–and no one watching because I don’t drink beer and Chris likes it). At the end you get 3×8 oz glasses. I got Dad’s root beer. They don’t even use Henry Weinhart’s root beer (made by this company) as “no one just comes for the root beer.”
Our next stop was the quilt museum. We got a person guided tour and got to vote on this season’s quilt entries. I liked a double-sided quilt that had to take a lot of extra work because the two sides worked together when held up to the light. The ladies that docented liked my quilted purse I was carrying, and invited me back as the curator wasn’t in that day, and if she liked what I can make, she will offer to put my purses in the gift shop on consignment. I have about seven purses cut out and partially quilted, but since we have been sight-seeing, I haven’t even thought of working on them. This would give me incentive to finish them.
We finished the evening square dancing to Bronc at an A2/C1 (alternating). Everyone was really friendly. Level was easy enough (got to watch out for going on auto-pilot!). It appeared to stop raining, but within 30 minutes it came back. We got three calls that evening from people wondering if we haven’t drowned yet.
Today we could see our shadows! Bunny rabbits were sunbathing, our dogs were once again respecting the squirt gun (beagles love to chase rabbits!), so we went to see the Buffalo Bill Museum and where he was buried. Learned a lot today. He left home at the age of 11 to make his way in the world. Without an education, he worked for others, became a scout, joined the military, etc., but could never amass money as he was forever being taken advantaged of. There was a book docmenting all of the places his Bufallo Bill’s Wild West Show traveled to. Many places in California like Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, and in England including Walton (on-Thames).
We spoke with our RV neighbors–her name is Joni (same spelling!). The are retired and have been full-timing 8 years now. They take their two kayaks and bicycles everywhere with them. One kayak had completely filled with rainwater. Too heavy to tip, she was bailing it out until they could tip it.
Found out my sister, Jill, will be in Bolder, CO, (she’s visiting with her son Jake) on 9/22. We will all have brunch together.