Days 1 to 3: Denver
As I said earlier, I lived in Denver for a year. So for me, returning (after 5 years!) was going back to a flood of memories, all basically happy ones. It's such a beautiful city and completely not-humid, which as an East-coaster I love. For Mr. M, this was his first time to Colorado at all. He said he loved visiting a part of my past, and I loved sharing it with him.
We arrived in Denver around lunchtime and made our way downtown.
|From the side - we completely forgot to take pictures inside! Trust me that it's gorgeous.|
|JPII visited Denver in 1993. This plaque in the cathedral courtyard commemorates that.|
p.s. Gratitude was a huge theme of this vacation for me. How could I not feel grateful for my husband, for the beauty of creation, for time off? Several times I had the sensation of being so filled up with gratitude that there wasn't any room in my heart for sadness, or bitterness, or anything negative. This does not happen so frequently in my daily life! It was a great gift, and one I want to remember and savor.
We spent the first two nights at the house I lived at in Denver, which was awesome because it was so centrally located. Day 2 we did a walking tour of a lot of my favorite spots in Denver.
Mr. M even body surfed down the stream (realizing afterwards why most people use tubes – those rocks hurt!) As we were walking away, duly refreshed, Mr. M got a look of horror on his face. His ring finger was naked! Oh for goodness sakes...he realized he must have lost his wedding ring while sitting in the river and digging his hands into the sand for traction...or while taking a spin down the river! Either way, the ring was now gone. Mr. M said that he contributed to the next Colorado gold rush! And we both felt quite scandalous travelling with him and his empty ring finger while I was wearing both of my rings! Thank goodness for ring insurance, but we were both sad that he lost the ring I put on his finger on our wedding day.