Hiking to meet I. M. Pei outside of Boulder.

National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder designed by I. M. Pei.

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.

I. M. Pei’s contribution to studying the atmosphere at NCAR.

Tea and Art in Boulder.

To get there, I took a bus from Union Station to Boulder and started my visit with Art.  My first stop was Colorado University’s Art museum and my second, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum.

“Go Home Bacchus” by Dmitri Obergfell in front of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

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).

NCAR informational brochure.

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.

Watch out for Coyotes.

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.

I. M. Pei in the foreground and Denver on the horizon.

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.

One of the mosaics along the wall at Snarf’s.

All in all, a perfect afternoon because architecture, art, friends, and a short hike.  #doingthings

Filed under Architecture, Boulder

a curious person still searching for the poem that Nezami Ganjavi wrote about the prince who toured his kingdom only to find crumbling structures, causing him to reflect on the transience of life.

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