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Colorado February 22, 2016

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

The first time I went to Colorado, I was sixteen, and it was the farthest west of home I’d ever been. Earlier that summer, I’d gone to Paris, the farthest east of home I’d ever been. It was a big year.

I went to a conference in Estes Park (beautiful!), traveling by plane from Maryland with my local church youth group. It was a good time. Four years later I went back to work the conference, this time traveling with two guys, fellow camp counselors, in a pickup truck hauling a U-Haul trailer. There was some awkward sexual tension. There was a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, where it snowed in August.

I didn’t return to Colorado until September 2012, when Tim and I attended the snooty London club dinner in Denver and I got to meet my dear friend Gordon in person—the one and only time we got to see each other. (I still miss him. I will always miss him.) Gordon lived in Boulder, and I met him in the lobby of the Hotel Boulderado, where his family history went back a couple of generations.

Tim and I loved that trip. We fished the Boulder Creek. We rented bikes. We caught some great music at eTown, where a neighbor had worked back in the day. Tim did a serious fishing trip with some colleagues of mine, while I ran around Denver and checked out a speakeasy. We went to the snooty event in a beautiful hotel. We did a quick day trip to RMNP (it didn’t snow, but we both got a little lightheaded from the elevation). We visited Gordon and his family in his home, and he made us martinis. Gordon and I had talked about having a martini together for more than a decade.

Last July, Kim moved to Boulder. I miss her too. Boulder, Colorado, evokes a sad yearning. Maybe I’ll get back there someday.

Been there?: Yes


1. guacachocolatte - February 28, 2016

I have never attended a snooty event in a beautiful hotel. I will add that to my “to do before I die” list.

You have a perfect excuse to go back (Kim), so I say re-visit Colorado. Soon.

2. Mali - February 29, 2016

I’ve been to too many snooty events in beautiful hotels – they’re not all they’re cracked up to be, Helen!

Colorado is definitely on my list. I have one or two friends who live there. Take Helen’s advice, and go when I go!

indigobunting - March 1, 2016

We need to coordinate! Helen too. We’ll stay in a snooty hotel one night.

3. guacachocolatte - March 1, 2016

YES! I’m all in for a pajama party at a snooty hotel. I shall bring my snootiest bunny slippers.

indigobunting - March 3, 2016

My snootiest bunny slippers died.

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