Greetings from Boulder!Posted: August 8, 2010
After an uneventful flight (for which I am profoundly grateful), we arrived at Denver International Airport (DIA) around 7:15 yesterday morning. M the Younger picked us up and we went to Denver for a few hours since we were going to have to come back to the airport to pick up M the Elder’s sister who arrived 5 hours after us.
Having had some time to check things our using the Wi-Fi at the airport, we decided to go to the Cherry Creek shopping district, mainly to check out their farmers market since I volunteered to cook dinner for us that night at M the Younger’s place.
It is a lively market with plenty of people looking for fresh foods. It was similar to the farmers market held in Boulder, somewhat expensive and mostly organics. They also have a variety of other booths and tents, from freshly made tamales to wine and artwork. We left with three bags full of stuff including some of those freshly made tamales to have with our dinner. (They were delicious!)
We stopped at the Biscuit Bus for a little mid-morning snack. We had eaten breakfast around 3:00am so it felt more like lunch (or dinner) to us. The biscuits were yummy. I sampled some of M the Younger’s grape jelly and bacon biscuit. It was a peppered bacon which gave it the triple combination of tastes: sweet, spicy, and salty.
After watching the guy above roasting a barrel full of chilies, the enticing aroma drifting through the area, we decided we must have some and bought a bag of ’em to have with those tamales. With the temperature in the 90s, this poor guy was really sweating it out in his work.
We still had plenty of time before going back to the airport so we took M the Younger, who has been unemployed for a long time, shopping for some much-needed items. His lovely wife is back in Ohio right now, visiting with her family, so we’ll take her out when she comes back this week. The good news about M the Younger’s unemployment status is that he finally started work again this past Thursday. Yay!!
We eventually made our way back to the airport, picked up M the Elder’s sister, and headed to Boulder to check in to our hotel where we all took much-needed naps. M the Younger picked us up for dinner which we prepared and ate at his place. M the Younger and Merdi have a lovely new apartment outside of Boulder.
Today M and I will be renting bikes and (re-)exploring the Boulder bike paths. C (M the Elder’s sis) will be going on a mountain bike ride with M the Younger since she is the experienced cyclist in the family. We’ll join up with them later in the day. It’s possible we’ll fit in a hike somewhere nearby but that depends on the weather.
It is quite warm here (in the 90s yesterday and expected to be the same today) but it is, as they say, a dry heat that isn’t nearly as oppressive as the humid weather we get in the Bogs. It is also sunny with some lovely clouds rolling in and out. Storms are expected in the late afternoon which is typical for this time of year.
The photos are (and will be) straight out of the camera as I haven’t the time or means to edit them. I am uploading to Photobucket which I hope won’t cause any problems with viewing. Please pardon any typos. I’m having to do this on the fly, so to speak, with little time to proof and edit.