Revisiting Boulder and its mom birthday!! :P
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May 13th, 2010 – by: esterrene
I'm in the Boulder/ Denver area for the next few days. We are on our way to Texas this time to pick up a tower base, but we have plenty of time before we have to be there and Dad needed to fly east to Ohio for a Ham Radio convention.. I was gonna drive off and explore some houses in OK and TX that I constantly pass and never have the chance to stop and photograph. But Dad needs me to be here to pick him up at the airport Sunday morning and then for me to escort him across CO and OK into TX.
It is a change of plans, but I seriously don't mind!!! I use to live in this area as a kid and have many fond memories of the region. I just wish the weather was nicer..
Boulder is an easy and short drive from Denver. Hwy 270 west all the way into Boulder and then a simple left turn onto any of the streets will bring you to the downtown district. The famous and well loved Pearl Street is one of those left turns.
During the scenic drive I found myself amazed at how much smaller the area appears to me compared to my childhood memories. Pearl Street seems so much more quieter to me. I remember the street being filled with musicians. In fact there was one who use to always play outside a pizza joint that my family frequented. I was always drawn to him and since I didn't know any of my aunts and uncles, due to various family strifes, I decided that he was my uncle.
As I pondered the ideas of a shrinking world I came across a group of animal sculptures. I clearly remember those animals!! Gosh I loved those sculptures!! They were my favorite playground! of course as a kid they too appeared to be so much larger. I remember having to struggle to climb to the top of the rabbit sculpture and when I did make it I felt so accomplished!! Like I was on top of the world!!! Life seemed to have one purpose then and one purpose only... PLAY!!! :P:P
After my walk through memory lane I headed toward the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA). The BMOCA was a really cool art experience and you can read details of the art museum in my review of it in my Art, Art, Art and More Art Blog! :P
From the museum I headed across the street into the park.
My fondest memory of the "long skinny park" was a particular tree.. This tree grew partially over the creek in a horizontal direction before bending and growing upward. As a kid I use to sit on the trunk watching the colorful fish swim below wishing I had arms long enough to grab one.. I remember it was near one of the bridges and that my father would often join me on the trunk.. I loved that tree and we visited numerous times during our Colorado residency.. I was hoping to find it!!
While looking for my tree I came across an interesting individual named Steve Miller.. Not THE Steve Miller, as he kindly pointed out to me that he doesn't have a band, but a steve miller who was also a local homeless man.. He noticed that I was taking photos and asked if it was for class and truthfully it wasn't, but we began talking and walking and then eventually went on a very short hike through the park and onto a hiking trail in Settlers Park located at the base of the Rocky Mountains just outside the city.
It was on my way back that I found my beloved tree!!!!! and it was located next to a bridge just as I remember it.. the only thing that was different was the railing along the walking path blocking my access to the tree... but still I have found it!!! :P:P:P
After that I mostly wandered about in the city without a real plan and did some window shopping on Pearl Street.
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