Day 18 - Chilling & Boulder

Trip Start Jul 22, 2011
Trip End Aug 15, 2011

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Now we're in Boulder we can have a bit more relaxed holiday we hope. We got up later this morning, and sorted things out around the house, unpacking, washing etc. We cleaned up and de-beared again, with the help of Cynthia, Tom’s wife.

This house is seriously incredible. It’s high up on a hill, with two wooden deckings, overlooking snow capped mountains and looking down on Barker Reservoir and the town of Nederland. We’ve got an outdoor kitchen area, a BBQ and an outside fire on the upper decking, along with a dining set and a sun lounger. The bottom decking has a hot tub, perfectly positioned to see the sun set over the reservoir, and the moon shine down and light it up.

The living area is huge, with enormous windows with no curtains or blinds to hide the view, and there’s a huge seating/laying area built in, where you can just flop and read/doze/look.

There’s 4 bedrooms; the boys are right at the top of the house, where again there are no curtains. Cian says he can’t get to sleep for watching the moon shine on the water. Our en suite has a steam room in the shower area, and a jacuzzi bath!

The kitchen is seriously space age; the oven makes mine look prehistoric, with it’s built in steam oven! Even the separate hob has an extractor fan that rises from the hob with the touch of a button, on its kitchen island.

It’s just the type of house we need right now! There’s even a telescope for Tegz to star gaze from the decking.

We did manage to venture into Boulder this afternoon. I had been looking forward to Boulder; it looks like a really young place, as it’s got the campus of the University Of Colorado. I read somewhere that 60% of the population of Boulder is under the age of 21. It’s also a pretty affluent town, with a huge empasis on outdoor life; biking, tubing, climbing, running etc.

The town is famous for Pearl St mall, a pedestrianised couple of blocks of really good shops, where there are plenty of places to sit and people watch, especially all the street entertainers. We went into an excellent independent book store and bought a couple of books, including another one on the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. We had an ice cream, and just mooched along. We braved the rush hour traffic to find Whole Foods, although tiredness then meant tempers got a little frayed! The heaven that is Whole Foods soon calmed us down, however, and we shopped for food for the next day or two, including my much longed for halibut!

The Whole Foods store is huge; a block long, complete with attached liquor store. We stocked up on Mudslide and beer, and headed home. The run in and out of Boulder is gorgeous; through Boulder canyon, and alongside Boulder Creek which runs through the town, and is full of people strolling, running and biking along it’s path, and tubing and wading in the creek.

Once we got back we chilled again and ate, (tangerine glazed salmon for Tegz and I, sushi for Io, and huomous,olive and falafel salad for Lyn whilst Ci had smoked salmon.) Cian entertained us by putting Lyn's t shirt & a hat on and singing and dancing like a rap star!

It was soon time to hit the hot tub. We were in there for ages; talking about previous holidays and planning future ones. We love our family hot tub chats; they are usually a highlight of our holidays. It was tow years ago in a hot tub in Yosemite Ioan began to plan this Colorado trip!

Tegz, Ci and I had gone inside at about 10pm to dry off, when we spotted a car coming up our long drive; it was a visit from our friendly local sheriff investigating the bear visit. He even posed for a photo with Pussell!

Time for bed, but I still have problems sleeping here; every slamming door and creak is evidence of a repeat bear visit....
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