|WEDNESDAY, AUG 16 – TURSDAY, AUGUST 17
After a quiet night in Evergreen we drove to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum and grave. We visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody in 2014. This was a much smaller version with high quality displays. We drove into Denver to tour the Denver Mint. Arriving we found all tickets for the day had been claimed by 7:30 AM! Looking around the area we did the next best thing, walking two blocks to the Colorado Statehouse and joined a tour. All materials used to build the Statehouse are native to Colorado. The floors are Colorado marble, the walls clad in red Colorado onyx and the exterior is Colorado Limestone. The tour included the House and Senate chambers. Their Congress is only in session January-May. The building has many stain-glass windows honoring famous Coloradans. Tom walked up to the Capitol Dome. I decided to forgo the 99 step climb.
Driving to Broomfield to overnight we found an area with a retail construction boom but yet had two fairly new shopping centers that are almost abandoned. The new Mall is huge with many upscale shops, similar to Kenwood Mall. We saw more condos and apartment in the area than single family homes.
Our next destination was Boulder. After a stop at the Visitors’ Center we drove to the Leanin’ Tree Factory and Art Museum. Leanin’ Tree is my favorite greeting card brand. The tour was very enlightening and we each picked out a card as a gift. We spent probably 30 minutes reading cards and buying 10 more at a discount. Laughter was heard as our fellow tourists were finding their favorite cards. We then spent almost 2 hours enjoying the Western art collection accumulated by Leanin’ Tree owner Ed Trimble. Works depicted cowboys, various Indian tribes and landscapes. Bronze sculptures had the same subjects. There is a garden area with life size statues. Unfortunately the art work will be removed after August 31. All will be sold in January at the Scottsdale Art Auction. The owner will turn 94 in November and is liquidating his collection. So glad we were able to enjoy this display.
Celestial Seasonings factory is just around the corner from Leanin’ Tree so that was our next stop. The tour started with a sampling of as many teas as we chose. During the tour we saw the cleaning and packaging processes. The peppermint is kept in completely enclosed area because the scent is so strong that it invades the other herb and flavorings in the area. Our eyes were watering from the strong scent. Their #1 seller is Sleepytime. The annual tent sale was being held in the parking lot. An 8 pack box was .75, a 40 count box was $2.00.
We finished our day with a tour of the Avery Brewery. Good thing we had previously experienced a brewery tour. The noise in the brewery was so loud we could barely understand what the guide was saying. He used a microphone but it didn’t help much. No free samples after this tour. We ate in their restaurants enjoying a great pulled pork small plate. I tried the La Domadora beer while Tom sampled the Midland Mild. Personally I preferred the pulled pork, but I’m a wine girl, not beer drinker.
We drove on to Longmont looking for an RV park to overnight. All Parks were filled. We snagged one of the last 3 water/electric sites At the Boulder County Fairgrounds. $25, shade and decent showers. The parks are filling up because of the proximity to Wyoming and the eclipse on Monday. On Friday all road construction in northern Colorado will halt in order to keep traffic moving smoothly. We have already heard on the radio about hours long traffic jams in Oregon. Talked to someone who will be parking Monday in a field near a golf course for $35.