Rocky Mountain Views

Conditions weren’t great when we attempted our Rocky Mountain hike but I grabbed a few photos to share. Those photos weren’t very colorful so I tinted them just a bit and like the effect.

I really liked this view.

The stream with all those rocks was beautiful. While we didn’t spend a lot of quality time in the mountains, we certainly enjoyed the experience anyway.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver is a fantastic place to visit in the fall. The weather was in the mid to low sixties the entire visit and the sky was mostly a beautiful light blue. The wind was lively at times, causing leaves to swirl through the air and pile up along the city streets.

In fact, within an hour of our arrival I had learned the true merit of the phrase “hold onto your hat” as I held tightly to my hat and scarf while we scurried down the street. However, the wind calmed and left us with perfect weather for outdoor fun most of the time.

We ended our vacation on a gorgeous day at the Denver Botanic Gardens, stopping here for a few hours before my friend dropped me at the airport and began her drive home. The 23-acre property is located in the Cheesman Park neighborhood and was the perfect ending to our trip.

They have been busy winterizing the grounds and preparing for their Christmas lights event but there was still plenty to see and trails to walk. The property is nicely accessible to all with sidewalks that provide ease of use for strollers, wheelchairs and anyone with balance issues. However, there are also non-paved trails that meander hither and yon through wooded areas and past water features as well.

There are a lot of Asian influences that provide calm and quiet.

An indoor tropical space features a treehouse style observation deck and a large selection of mature plants.

They also have some nice art including this Dale Chihuly piece. It’s similar to others I have seen in the collections at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus and the Phipps Conservatory and Gardens in Pittsburgh.

We walked several miles here but I know we didn’t see everything. What I wouldn’t give to go back for their Blossoms of Light exhibit this year.

Here’s one last picture. I was obsessed with this scene and envious of the people who live in this apartment building. What a view they must have from up there!

Want to visit Denver Botanic Gardens or learn more? Click here to visit their website!

Western Adventure, Year Four

For the last four years, my friend Johnna and I have met somewhere within driving distance of her Wyoming home for a girl’s trip. I look forward to it because it provides much needed time with my friend and because we go places I wouldn’t likely visit on my own.

We met in Denver last week, each of us with a wish list of things to do. We accomplished almost everything we hoped for and a couple of extra things too.

On this trip, we stumbled into some great places to eat and shopped a good bit because it got dark so early. We visited the Colorado State House, Molly Brown House, Stanley Hotel, Botanic Gardens and the Garden of the Gods.

We wandered far and wide, sometimes aimlessly and often with purpose. It was magnificent. All of it.

Denver weather was mostly pleasant at a moderate upper sixties with beautiful blue skies most of the time. Of course, the wind was so strong for a couple of days that it would knock you over and that only worsened during our drive up to Estes Park. The wind was so bad I told Johnna that if you tied a helium balloon to a small child they would float away.

I came home with a phone full of pictures and a ton of memories to share with you. I’ll follow my usual pattern, sharing some in the next few days and then start weaving them in with other stories from other places over the next several weeks.

I can’t wait to show you some of this stuff and I’m hoping you enjoy the armchair journey as well. Come back tomorrow. We will visit my favorite new diner!

Doors Of Pomeroy

Downtown Pomeroy, Ohio has a number interesting doors. Dark, colorful, ornate and simple can be found up and down the streets and the collection makes me smile.

The black and grey atop the coffee shop seems both modern and old.

These Methodist Church doors speak of history and hopefully of welcome to all humans. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

And this pink is so flamboyant that you can’t help but smile.

Seeing unusual doors always makes me think about how what a difference a nice door makes to any building. It really makes me want to paint my own boring white door to liven up my home. For now, I’ll just appreciate all of these.

Do More

Do more than just exist.

It’s up to you to decide what that means. Travel. Go back to school. Get a better job. Retire. Walk in the woods. Go fishing. Buy a cute outfit. Turn up the music. Soak in some bubbles. Eat chocolate. Celebrate life. Do things you enjoy.

Life is more than drudgery. Do more than exist. Today is the first day of your life. Go live it.

At Least I Tried

The resolution of this picture isn’t great because the camera on my new phone is disappointing and the zoom is terrible. That’s putting it kindly. Still, I hope you’ll overlook that weakness and appreciate it for what it is.

I think it’s kind of cool.

And isn’t that just life? You think you’re upgrading to something better only to learn it really isn’t as good as what you already had. You try your best do something and it doesn’t work out the way you hoped. Chances are, whatever it is still has value so celebrate it anyway.

At least you tried.

And so has become my motto lately. At least I tried. If you’re reading this, please accept my congratulations. You made it to Friday! Let’s try to make it a good one!