Butterflies and Badgers

Trip Start Jun 06, 2011
Trip End May 22, 2012

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Neil, Tessa and Jason's house
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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June

KK: "If you are in Colorado you have to get in touch with Neil and Tessa," said Lesley, my sister. “You remember, from my wedding.” That was 1981, I can barely remember being there myself. But  we emailed Neil & Tessa and they said it was ok to drop in on them and their son Jason.  In fact Neil agreed to pick us up from Denver train station before he went to work. Problem being the train was 3 hours late. Neil still met us, I sat on his glasses in the car and LK flooded their bathroom within the first hour. Turns out they hadn't seen Lesley in 20 years.

LK: Despite all this, we couldn’t have had more generous and hospitable hosts and our stay was a welcome step back into sanity. We spent a fluttery hour or so at the Butterfly Pavilion, also getting bravery stickers for handling Rosie the Tarantula. (I know, they’re a different kind of insect).

KK: We slept in a bed for the first time since Tuesday, it was like sleeping in a cloud. Blissful. The next day we spent a couple of hours in the botanical  gardens. From giant irises to tiny poison frogs, it was a splendid way to spend a Saturday morning. In the evening we were introduced to an entirely new culinary experience.

LK: Sweet Tomatoes is a small chain of healthy all you can eat buffet style eateries, so we piled up our initial plates with all kinds of salad ingredients; next was the pasta and soup course (and refills), and then dessert (with lots of refills for Jason). We vowed to plot our road trip route around these outlets – sadly it looks like we’ll only get to visit one other in Utah next week. But we will stay there all day. I wonder if they’ll let us pitch our tent outside as well?

KK:  On the Sunday Jason, far too charming, chatty and funny for a 14 year old lad by the way, was packed off to camp then we set off into The Rocky Mountains through a swarm of cyclists. We stopped at view points and people were hand-feeding birds, ground squirrels and chipmunks. Against park rules but irresistible. Higher up there was still snow drifted about ten feet deep on the roadside from the winter.

LK: Our walk across the tundra was accompanied by horizontal snow and wrong footsteps off the trodden down track saw us plunge up to our knees in the snow – great fun. We descended into bright sunshine to see more examples of American wildlife; elk, hawks and an American badger, which even Neil and Tessa hadn’t seen in the wild before. The day was rounded off with an ice cream stop followed by a Mexican meal in Boulder (allegedly the happiest town in America). Maybe it’s the margaritas they serve there.
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