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The Colorado Chautauqua site was established in the late 1890s, when the Texas Board of Regents determined it needed to establish a summer school for teachers in a cool climate. The Chautauqua Movement was a powerful and popular adult educational and social force at the time. Boulder was picked as the site because the city fathers offered to supply the land, facilities and public utilities for the Chautauqua. The presence of the nearby Rocky mountains was icing on the cake, because it was rightfully considered a very healthful environment.
The Colorado Chautauqua opened on July 4, 1898, with 4,000 people attending. Boulder city leaders and Texas educators had created what was to become an important educational and social summer retreat. Buildings …
Pearl Street is the heart of downtown Boulder. Much of this street is a pedestrian zone, with lots of shops, restaurants and buskers. It’s a lively place in the evening, filled with people, conversation and music.
During our last visit to Boulder, we wandered to Pearl Street and found one of the most unusual car displays I’ve ever seen. One vehicle in particular was a tribute to rock and (*I think*) especially to Freddie Mercury of Queen fame (one of my favorite voices in popular music). Someone had spent hundreds and hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars glitzing up a ‘rock ‘n roll’ car in tribute.
Some of the photos below give you a closer look at some of the many …
My younger son is a PhD student at UC Boulder (astrophysics of all things) and visiting him has given me the opportunity to explore this pretty little city recently. It’s got some nice attractions, especially it’s close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and a great summertime farmer’s market. But there are many Americans who think of tea when they think of Boulder. You heard that correctly — a tea factory in America’s heartland.
Celestial Seasons may not be the biggest distributor of tea in the USA but it unquestionably has the most devoted following and is the country’s largest supplier of herbal teas. I know several people who would have trouble going to …
My son is a doctoral student in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit this small college city several times recently. Last year we attended the lively Boulder Farmers’ Market on Saturday, which you can read about at this link. This year we went to the Wednesday evening market specifically for dinner.
We’d heard rave reviews about the tamales at the market so that’s what everyone had, and they did not disappoint, especially smothered in a tasty chile (mild or hot) sauce. Like hundreds of others at the market, we took our dinner into the nearby park and sat on a bench munching on our tamales and drinking fresh squeezed lemonade. It was …
One of the best Farmers Markets I’ve ever been to is Boulder’s, the largest in Colorado. The Market focuses on locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats, flowers and wines, sold by the farmers that actually produce them. There’s also great selection of prepared and cooked food you can enjoy right at the market from local bakers and restaurateurs. Very few crafts for are for sale, a noteable difference from many of the Farmers Markets I patronized while visiting Colorado.
The Boulder Market began in 1987 and has expanded over the years to include a second site (Longmont), and has over 150 participants. The Market is held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The following photos reflect what was available in Boulder the first Saturday in September.
One of my favorite regions to hike is anywhere near the transition between the great Central Plains and the Rocky Mountains. The region offers opportunity to explore several ecosystems and to enjoy grand panoramic views of the mountains and a seemingly endless prairie, with relatively little effort due to the flatness of the plains.
Flatirons Vista Trail offers a hike that’s custom-tailored to the above description. It’s just south of the college city of Boulder, Colorado (where my youngest son is currently a postgrad in physics), immediately off Highway 93, and is a loop trail that offers great views of Boulder’s famous Flatirons. There’s lots of parking (for a fee for non-residents, so bring small bills with you). The trail is quite …