Denver! We made a trip to visit middle son Jeffrey and his wife, Alyssa, in the Mile High City. As you may know, it is a much higher city these days. Despite being well aware of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, we were still taken aback by the reality. Seeing 'dispensaries' on the street corners with catchy names like 'StarBuds' is just a riot. We didn't do any 'pot tourism' but, apparently, there is quite a lot of that going on.
Just getting on a plane and flying somewhere was a bit of a flashback for Junie and me. After careers filled with business travel, neither of us has been on a plane for over a year. We figure it has been about thirty years since we have been able to make that statement. Can't say that I have missed it.
But this flight was just the start of a very full, very active long weekend. Jeffrey and Alyssa put together a packed agenda. As soon as we arrived, we headed directly to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the Beatles tribute band '1964' playing on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing at Red Rocks in 1964.
The next day we walked around Denver, visited the big REI store and ate lunch at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. That evening we walked over to see the Rockies play at Coors Field - how convenient to be able to walk to a baseball game! And, Junie and I got $1 tickets in the 'Rockpile' section since we are over 55 - and cheap.
|Ski lift to the brunch|
And that would have been a very full weekend. But wait there is more! On Sunday, we drove up to 'A Basin' ski area (no skiing today) for a fabulous brunch halfway up the mountain at Black Mountain Lodge. We had to take the ski lift to get up and down. Just a gorgeous setting, great food, excellent band and a great time.
|Duane, Alyssa, Jeffrey...|
And THEN -we went sailing. That's right. Sailing. Lake Dillon, at 9017 feet above sea level, recently appeared on a list of 'must sail' destinations. It also claims the highest altitude marina in North America. Jeffrey had arranged to rent a Catalina 22 Sport, very similar to our first sailboat, to sail this unique location.
|There aren't many places you can sail with|
a view like this.
But, we have been styling all summer! We started in back in June with our sailing excursion around the Chesapeake and the Cabo Rico group get-together.
Back in July, daughter Emily and husband Tyler took us on another adventure. Tyler is an avid fisherman and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI). As such, he knows some great fly-fishing locations along the Maury River near the school. Junie has wanted to become a more accomplished fly-fisher for a long time. So, as a part of our Christmas present, Emily and Tyler arranged a trip to Lexington, Virginia to visit VMI, stay in a cool downtown hotel (a former stagecoach stop) and fly-fishing instructions from Tyler himself!
|In front of Mitchie Tavern|
|At Virginia Military Institute|
VMI is an experience all its' own. The structure, discipline and tradition are very impressive. Tyler's personal experiences help to provide perspective on what it means to be a VMI grad. He has good reason to be proud. I am sure that I was not cut out for that environment. I once commented to Tyler that I wasn't very military by nature and no one would be inclined to think I was. His observation was that I was more likely to be mistaken for a former drummer in a rock band. No doubt.
|Tyler showing us how it's done|
|Emily working the river|
Tyler's instructions and help got us all fishing (not always gracefully). Junie has graduated from fly-fisher to fly-catcher. Hmm. That doesn't sound quite right. But anyway,
Emily and Tyler put together a nice get-away package.
|Holly and Reagan in the cabin|
|Dusty and Reagan on SeaClearly|
Still, somehow, we feel like we are just biding our time.We need to get sailing again. It will be September in just a couple of days. The cornfields over in Currituck County are brown, The days are getting shorter. The school bus went through the neighborhood this morning. And we are starting our countdown to head south again. The target this year - the Virgin Islands.