Revisiting Boulder and its mom birthday!! :P

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View of the Mountains while driving toward Boulder!
First, before I share my lovely adventure of the day, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mother! We didn't always get along and I am sure there will be plenty of disagreements in the future, but I am always thankful for the everything and especially thankful for the laughs shared!

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.
My favorite Park.. I use to use the frog as a slide!
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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.
This sculpture might be why I still love snails
. It was so important for me to have an uncle back then and he seemed to fit what I needed.. Funny thing is I can't remember his face, only his guitar and ratty clothes..

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.
Pearl St
I remember this park!! I loved this park as a kid and have always known it as the "Long Skinny Park", a name that I gave it because it was a long thing park that followed the curves of the creek.. On each side of the creek was some park like land with walking paths, trees and occasional playground, and both sides were connected via several spaced bridges. I was able to recognize specific areas of the park from my hazy childhood memories. Details and nuances obviously had changed over the past 22 years, but the shapes and landmarks were all still there! I walked by the open air stage and instantly recalled playing with other kids on the stage and running through the benches. I remember walking across a corner plot of land, with my father, that always had large scale sculptures and still that corner exists with new large scale sculptural work.
Steve Miller - what crazy hair he had


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.
THAT is my tree on the left growing over the creek!!!
The guy was really cool and a fellow wandering artist. He spoke in great length about his computer art at the local library.. At the end of our walk I left him behind to take his midday nap in Settlers Park while i fed more coins into the parking meter..

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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View of the Mountains while drivin…
View of the Mountains while drivi…
My favorite Park.. I use to use th…
My favorite Park.. I use to use t…
This sculpture might be why I stil…
This sculpture might be why I sti…
Pearl St
Pearl St
Steve Miller - what crazy hair he …
Steve Miller - what crazy hair he…
THAT is my tree on the left growin…
THAT is my tree on the left growi…
I love these mountains!!
I love these mountains!!
Tea Room - I didnt eat here , but…
Tea Room - I didn't eat here , bu…
Tea room
Tea room
The long skinny park!
The long skinny park!
This squirrel amused me :P
This squirrel amused me :P
BMOCA
BMOCA
Stage
Stage
left overs from Boulders mining p…
left overs from Boulder's mining …
Path toward Settlers Park
Path toward Settlers Park
Steve Miller
Steve Miller
remains of a fireplace
remains of a fireplace
On the right is a story of a weste…
On the right is a story of a west…
My tree again!! :P:P
My tree again!! :P:P
Spring blossoms
Spring blossoms
another park on pearl st
another park on pearl st
Boulder
photo by: five11d