Bolder Boulder

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Boulder...feels like home.  The generosity of friends coupled with the intellectual and spiritual offerings emanating from Colorado University, Naropa, and Shambhala, and the area's natural beauty, which is remarkably well integrated into the city's design, makes Boulder my pick for most livable place yet encountered on this journey.  All total, we spent nine days in Boulder and surrounding areas. We were put up by friends all along the way. Blake, John's long-time friend from Iowa City, was the warmest of hosts; a serene influence and smoothie-makin god, he showed us a great time by opening his home, joining us for dinners, driving us to Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes for a Stupa tour, and just hanging out.  Meredith and Mark, a great couple whom we met on the Green River trip back in Utah, invited us to Estes Park, where we spent two days hanging out with them and their daughter, Claire, and hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Dean and Julie, old friends of John's from CU (now married and living in Boulder with daughter, Milena) hosted a great barbeque and proverbial slumber party, where I finally got to meet them, Murph and Joe (John's other good friends from CU days) and Gene (John's childhood friend from Chicago), and their families, all now living in Boulder.  Lots of laughing was had as stories of classic, college shenanigans were remembered and told.

So what else did we do while in Boulder?  We walked The Hill and CU and Naropa campuses; drove up to Boulder Canyon and Falls and Chataqua Park, browsed the Allen Ginsberg Library, had our running form and shoes analyzed by Boulder Running Co., lunched at Dushanbe Teahouse with John's friend from Iowa City, Carol, and dined with Matt C. and Blake on Pearl St. Mall.  I also really enjoyed running and walking along Boulder Creek Trail, one of my favorite features of the city, and getting back to a yoga class.

So long for now, Boulder!
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