True stories with a twist!


Here we are back on the east coast, home from the sights, adventures and experiences of our visit to Boulder, Colorado.

We have always been fond of the beautiful University of Colorado at Boulder campus. So on our visit this summer, we explored the campus to make note of discernible changes. Everything changes so much that it’s important to keep up with the latest trends.

The most attention worthy change was the method of getting from one place to another. On campus, right in the midst of students walking between buildings to classes were some new conveyances. Mere walking from one class to another, the way we used to do, is no longer an assumption.


IMG_0453 2.jpegThis young man entered the campus book store carrying a scooter. I hope he didn’t use it to scoot between the shelves of books. How could he do that without adding several injuries by hit and run scooter! He seemed perfectly comfortable with this travel device, indoors or outside.

A great favorite among students was the skateboard. It was so popular that there was a skateboard stand outside the entrance of the book store, clearly in full use! 

IMG_0456 2.jpegThe favorite transit tool of my  youth, the bicycle, has  not gone out of fashion, although I don’t remember actually riding it through groups of students moving between classes.


IMG_0454.jpegThe book store cared very much about people’s perception of it’s effectiveness. Therefore it had one of these opinion gathering machines at the exit of the store.

IMG_0449 2.jpegIMG_0448 2.jpegOne of my favorite memories of the trip was an overheard conversation between a young mother and her pre-school daughter. They had  noticed a worm on the ground and bent down to put it on a leaf. “

IMG_0543.jpeg“Where’s it’s mommy?” The young woman asked the child, looking down at the worm. “Let’s go outside and look for her. I’ll bet it’s mommy is waiting in the grass.” And out they went, searching for Mommy Worm. I loved the early teaching of reverence for the value of life that this mother and child demonstrated.

Who would not be inspired to learn in the beautiful environment of the mountains behind campus , breathing the clear Colorado air and loving the nature seen all around?


Nederland is a charming little town near Boulder, selling such treats as home brewed Kombucha in several flavors and home baked pastries.

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Walking up in the mountains I was tickled by this sign:IMG_0425.jpeg

But that’s the easterner in me. The greatest danger of animals lurking might be a puppy who pulled on its leach.

I loved the trip to Colorado; I have the warmest, kindest thoughts of the scenery and the nature loving people in this beautiful part of our country.

Comments on: "COLORADO DREAMIN’" (22)

  1. What a beautiful post and memory Ronnie, enjoyed your return to view changes, skateboards seem to be the modern mode of transport, once was bicycle racks and now skateboards. Entertaining post Ronnie.

    • Thanks, Ian. Watching life go on for young college people is interesting. The way they manage to skirt distances can be quite clever. Do you think that in Australia someone will figure out a way to use kangaroos as a method of human transportation?

  2. Thanks for introducing me to the new methods of getting around on college campuses. Guess we always walked and never thought of doing anything else. They are lucky, too, to have those beautiful mountains in their view.

  3. DAVID LERMAN said:

    what a lovely memo….sounds like a special place.  My grandchildren had a mini vacation there with their other grandma and grandpa.  They loved it!  Glad you had a ball.  See you soon.  Miri

  4. What a lovely environment for learning. A great campus! 🙂 I’m so glad you had such an enjoyable time in Colorado, a beautiful state.

  5. I loved the skateboard stand. I’ve never seen anything like it before … but then again, it’s been a very long time since I’ve been on a university campus!!

  6. Sounds like great trip. We have visited friends in Denver many times over the years. I think we’ve covered every square mile of the state, but never tire of seeing it. I call it my Rocky Mountain high trip.

  7. Gaye Fulton said:

    Beautiful Ronnie. As always you are so observant. Now I want to go to Colorado. What an amazing Mother with the worm story. Gaye

  8. Nice tour, Ronnie. Thanks. Always liked Colorado.

  9. I have never been there but thanks to your post, it is now on my bucket list.

  10. Adrianne Bendich said:

    Lovely! Maybe we will hear about your hummingbirds next time??? Many thanks, Adrianne

    • The hummingbirds are bringing us endless hours of delight! This is the first year that we have had regulars who visit several times a day! They and the swallow tail butterflies are buddies; they love the salvia, “BLACK AND BLOOM.”

  11. Derek, it is a very large campus, so yes…some students do walk from class to class.
    The worm lesson has a special place in my heart; I wish I could tell that young mother how wonderful I thought the lesson that she taught her child was.

  12. Does anyone actually walk on campus? I like the worm lesson

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