This summer we returned to Colorado and did quite a bit of exploring: from Aspen to Eagle; Breckenridge to Boulder; Red Rocks to Denver. One particularly memorable afternoon was the one I spent in Boulder.
Tea and Art in Boulder.
Prior to meeting a Fulbright friend for a late afternoon snack (and multiple Vietnamese coffees) at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, I walked up Pearl Street and passed a well-stocked tourist kiosk. The only non-kitsch informational flyer caught my eye. As I looked it over, I realized that I had almost missed seeing an I. M. Pei designed building, National Center for Atmospheric Research, (NCAR).
Finding I. M. Pei and avoiding coyotes.
Seeing as the architectural beauty was only a four mile walk from the Teahouse, I decided to walk there through Chautauqua Park. There were signs warning about coyotes, so the deer that decided to jumped out of the bushes gave me a fantastic scare. The sun was starting to set, the afternoon light angling through the trees.
The views were perfect as I walked away from downtown Boulder en route to meet I. M. Pei (who turned 100 this year) in the wild.
Snarf’s mosaics (and sandwiches).
Prior to hopping back on the bus to return to Denver, I stopped at Snarf’s, got a Hero, and admired the mosaics.
All in all, a perfect afternoon because architecture, art, friends, and a short hike. #doingthings