The Last Trip with the HitchHiker travel blog

Our campsite

Light rail in Denver


Colorado Rockies vs Miami Marlins; Rockies won

On our walk back to the light rail

Colorado Convention Center

"Articulated Wall" by Herbert Bayer but Denverites call it the Noodle Wall

Entrance to Wind Crest

Some of the apartment buildings

Dining terrace

Decorative shelves by each front door

Dining room

Cafe Terracotta restaurant Littleton

Mac, Owen, Dick

I could live here

My kind of store

Interstate all the way to Chatfield State Park south of Denver. I-25 in CO was a washboard till we got to Fort Collins. Traffic is heavy even though it was a Saturday but it moved right along. People in CO drive very fast. The GPS directions got very confusing so we called our friend, Ed McCaffrey, a Denver resident for many years and, of course, his directions were spot on. Towing the RV we couldn’t enter the west gate of the park, had to drive around to the south side instead. Just another complication. We did make it unscathed. Good news—Veterans are free at CO state parks in August. Our site had a lovely view of the lake but, alas, we had to move to another site on Monday.

I was constantly trying to sort things. We tried having another yard sale but the rangers said no. Dick had advertised the generator and Rick, his wife and 2 teenage daughters came to look at it Sunday morning. They not only bought it but several other things as well. The girls commented on the lake and Rick told them that they got some of their drinking water from that lake. “But Daddy,” one of the girls said, “People pee in that lake.” Sorting, trips to the dumpsters and to Goodwill are now a big part of our lives. We donated several hats including one that resembled the hat Indiana Jones wore. The Goodwill man was thrilled to get that one and promptly put it on his head. We again had to take the truck to Car Max for an estimate. Dealership was unimpressive we but got a good offer.

The main reason for such a long time spent in CO was to visit Wind Crest, an over-55 community with assisted living and memory care units. Someday we plan to leave FL and move there. Mac and Ginny are contemplating a move there as well. Our contact salesman, Tony, took us on tour and answered a myriad of questions that we had. We even stayed overnight. We had several meals there. One morning we met Tom & Carol Bledsoe and Bruce & Marianne Pauley our friends from Victoria Gardens who have homes in the Denver area but a looking for such a facility in their future.

It was not all work and no play in CO. We took the light rail to the ballgame on Sunday. Some friendly folks we met on the train guided us to the stadium, a short walk. Of course we had meals with the McCaffrey’s, dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery and lunch at Terracotta. A waiter at Terracotta, Owen, overheard us talking about Wind Crest. Wind Crest hires local high school students to work in their restaurants and he was one of the waiters. He met his girlfriend there. The residents liked him so much they urged him to stay on even though he is in college now. So he works there one day a week. Mac asked him what it was like working with “crotchety old people” and he said the residents at Wind Crest were some of the happiest people he had ever seen. Owen’s girlfriend went to a different high school. For her senior prom they went to her prom. For his, the next week, they put on their prom clothes and went to Wind Crest and had dinner at their Fireside Restaurant. The residents were thrilled.

The pluses for Wind Crest and CO: climate is great; one can go all over Denver on light rail, even to the airport; things are cheaper there; mountains are gorgeous. But supermarkets don’t sell wine, people drive very fast, Wind Crest is apartment living in 4 to 6 story buildings. However they are interconnected by skyways.

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