Boulder & Nederland

Today was a free and unplanned day, so we decided to take a short trip and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.

We went to Boulder and walked around the downtown area. We stopped at a bookstore so John could purchase a couple of books to read, since he finished the first in the series last night. He’s reading Orson Scott Card’s “Harmony Series” in case any of you are Card fans out there. If you haven’t read any Card, my personal suggestion is that you start with Ender’s Game, which is now often included in high school reading and is quite a good book.

The other fabulous thing we discovered in Boulder was the Boulder Arts & Crafts Cooperative. This store has absolutely wonderful works by various local artists. There were a number of items that I would love to have in my home, but I’m not planning on any major purchases at the moment, so I just “window shopped”. One set of products is produced by a company named sticks. We especially enjoyed their perpetual calendars and a personal favorite of mine was the bar stools. Pretty expensive stuff, but it is very nicely made and quite colorful.

We left Boulder and decided to drive to Nederland just to see what was there. We found a cute coffee house that was occupying the inside of an old train car. The mochas were reasonable but the biggest surprise was that this tiny little place in the middle of practically nowhere offered free wireless access. A patron set up her 12” G4 powerbook at a table next to us. Cool!

We saw a total of 10 Prii today. Boulder has a lot of them. We saw one in the Denver area, eight in Boulder and one on the road between Boulder and Nederland. We aren’t counting Insights, but we saw one of those as well.

Jody’s plane gets in later this evening and we will leave for my parents’ house in Mesa Antero (near Nathrop in central CO) tomorrow morning. We plan to lunch there and then visit some ghost towns.

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Chris

By now, you are in beautiful, downtown Nathrop, CO.  Say hi to Mom and Dad for me!

Interesting comment on "Ender's Game".  That's one of the few books I just haven't been able to get through.  Never captured my imagination, but it appears to be quite popular.  Maybe I should try it again...

Keep rolling and have a great trip!

Friday, September 22, 2006 - 10:44 AM

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Karen

Well, Mom and Dad are without Internet access at the moment, so this is the first chance I've had to get on the net and see the comments on the web site.

We are now in Durango and the guy is hopefully going to come out and fix the antennae problem with the ISP on Monday. John left lots of instructions and we are sorry that we cannot be there to help. I'm sure it will eventually get resolved.

As to "Ender's Game", you have to read it to really appreciate it. I was interested the whole way through, but even if you are not, it is still worth the read. And if you don't really like Card's style after that but are curious about a different perspective, then read "Ender's Shadow" next.

Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 00:25 AM

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