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Boulder, Colorado: Day 4,5,6 and 7

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Day 4- This was the day that the bicycle rental was happening. I found a shop and then I rode down the street to see if this was going to be a good idea. I looked like a drunken sailor, and my booty hurt! I jumped off and said, “No, I will walk.” The words you have heard your entire life:   it is like riding a bike, you never forget….; well, that is not necessarily true.

I walked all the way to the end of Pearl. I loved the name and decor of this chocolate shop.June and July 2015 005June and July 2015 004

I had a great lunch and then I walked back to the loft.June and July 2015 006

A couple told me on Saturday that before I left that I had to eat at Flagstaff House for the food and the view. I started researching this place, and it looked amazing. I called Lyft to take me and then Uber came and picked me up. It was an expensive meal, but it was worth  it.June and July 2015 012 June and July 2015 013

This is what the two appetizers wee served on at Flagstaff. One was on the bottom and one was on the top.
This is what the two appetizers wee served on at Flagstaff. One was on the bottom and one was on the top.

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Day 5- Movie day! I thought I needed to rest a little today, and when I arose from a wonderful sleep, it was raining. After working on my classes for a little while, I decided to see Magic Mike and Train Wreck.

The theater on the corner of 29th and Canyon have movies all day, and Tuesdays are $5.50.  I saw Magic Mike first. I would give it a 3 of 5. I had a great lunch at Modmarket between movies. Check out the nutrition breakdown of my order. It is really easy to eat well in this town.June and July 2015 015
The next movie was Train Wreck, and it deserves a 5. I love comedy!  It was funny and a little too realistic.
After the movie, I shopped a little and found a great red skirt and a navy dress at H and M. Of course, they were on the clearance rack…  Football season is approaching, and I can wear both of these outside of work with a little modification.

Day 6

This should have said "whine" instead of "wine" because I have been sending pictures of my foot and whining a lot!
This should have said “whine” instead of “wine” because I have been sending pictures of my foot and whining a lot!

The blister on the bottom of my foot on the heel decided today to be a real pain, so today was another rest day, and I do not do well with two rest days in a row!

I walked to the pharmacy for bandages and to the gro. store (which sales Kroger products and takes a Kroger card, but it does not have the name Kroger). Quest bars were cheaper here than at home. I graded after that and watched Little House on the Prairie: Laura had a physical altercation with one of Alfonso’s ex- girlfriends then I watched The Walton’s- Elisabeth broke her legs.
The Basto  and the Naked Lunch /   are on the same grounds as the loft apartment, so dinner was at the Naked Lunch, and it was so good.

Day 7
I wore two pair of socks and a double bandage and I went for the trail. Uber delivered me to the Chautauqua Park. My plan was to hike to the Chautauqua Royal Arch. I made 1.9 miles up, and I was done! The elevation and going uphill and the pretty blister stopped me short of my goal, but at least I showed up.  I may not be able to walk tomorrow, but I will hobble through the airports.

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June and July 2015 004June and July 2015 015Someone asked me why I  do this. Well, I thought about it, and this is the best explanation I have. My memory is not the best. My brain jumps from one thing to another like a jumping bean on caffeine, so it helps me to remember if I return to this city, and it also, I hope, helps other people that loves to travel.

Morris Island: Guiding Light

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I left the house early on Thursday for a needed beach day. One of my roommates had talked about James Island and another person mentioned James Island to me, so that was my destination until I was introduced to the Morris Island Lighthouse.

I stopped by a convenience store to get my big cup full of ice, and I asked about James Island and the James Island Park signs. I was told that it was a state park with a water park but not a beach; I knew immediately that was not my destination for the day. He said that I needed to go to Morris Island and see the Lighthouse. He told me to drive to Folly Beach and take a left and go until the road ended. Everywhere I go I am showered with kindness and patience. If I ever meet a rude Charlestonian, I may cry.

I was tempted to stop because the beach was nice before I got to the end, and there was free parking, but I continued to the end. A nice family was unloading their mini-van, and they answered my questions and allowed me to walk with them to the beach. It was a long walk carrying all of my stuff.

After you park, you walk through the end circle and down a paved road for around a quarter of a mile and then you decide which path you want to take. I went to the left and found a nice beach with very few people and with a great view of the lighthouse. The lonesome light house looked very regal with sea gulls flying around it. I started looking around me and I spotted a fisherman who was having a great relaxing day just watching his fishing poles.  I think he was the smartest person on the beach because he pulled all of his stuff in a little red wagon. He said the fish was not biting that day, but we both agreed any day on the beach is a good day.

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I then started to unload and set up the stuff! I stopped and purchased an umbrella holder thing on the way to the beach. I always struggle with getting the umbrella not to fly down the beach. I test my reflexes with this every time, so far, I can still catch it before it plunges in the ocean.  This was a big fail.  It did not work, and I was still constantly trying to keep it stable. My next trip to this beach will be soon, and my load will be lightened, and to hell with the umbrella. I will drown myself in SPF 50(as always) and hope for the best. Every time I looked up from my writing and reading, I was looking at the majestic lighthouse and appreciating the quiet and the seclusion.

While looking at the lighthouse, I could not help but wonder, how many people had this lighthouse guided to safety?morris island--lighthouse 048

At this point in my life, I have not needed a lighthouse for navigating actual water, but I need several lighthouses daily to guide me through the waters of life.  For many people, their navigational “light” comes from a religious or spiritual presence that soothes and caresses the heart and soul. To get to that presence or to find that presence is a never ending journey. Besides a spiritual presence, I need my girls, my family, and my friends who surround me with unconditionally love and support. While they may not understand my thought process, they are always there to listen and pick me up when I am moving toward a dim light.

What is your lighthouse that helps you to navigate this great journey called life?

FYI- Eating yogurt by dipping pieces of watermelon in  the yogurt is very tasty but very messy. Note to self: Remember the spoon next time.

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