Being that we go to Boulder to visit family we have a few traditions. One of them is that regardless of the time of the year (winter, summer etc.) we go to Dot’s Diner for a late breakfast and then on to Walden-Sawhill ponds to go bird watching and for a walk around the ponds.
We usually run into friends and acquaintances of my husband or father in law’s while we are there. We’ll have something to eat, several cups of coffee and spend our time hanging out writing a group poem with whomever happened to join us.
Once we had our fill of food and coffee it was off to Walden-Sawhill for a walk around the ponds.
I love going to Walden-Sawhill also because there are some pretty views for landscape photos. I think over the years I’ve likely amassed hundreds of close-up pictures of cattails and tree bark.
Because we came after “breakfast” we were there later in the day when the bird watching is not typically as good. I know hardcore birders don’t like having dogs along because they fear they will chase away the birds but CB and Kona are quiet and the birds that were there did not get scared off because of them.
We did see a Snowy Egret among the rare Canadian geese and ducks as well as some woodpeckers. I don’t know my birds well but my father in law is an expert birder and really good at identifying the birds we saw.
I really wish I had brought my telephoto lens along. I think I could have brought these guys in a bit closer. I think the Egret is one of the white lumps in the photo below.
This time of the year the ponds are also lovely for photographs with how tall and green the cattails are.
Even though there has been quite a bit of rain the weeks before we went to Boulder, the water level in the ponds was quite low. As low as I’ve seen it in years with severe drought in the Boulder Area. I think this made for some pretty dramatic photos, especially with the thunder clouds rolling in.
My husband is a former Boulderite. An original Boulderite he likes to say because he grew up there when it was full of hippies, artists, writers and musicians. Kind of like how it is today but with less Yoga.
With his family still in Boulder it was time for a road trip. It takes about 16 hours of driving to get to Boulder from Calgary. Fortunately CB and Kona travel well and sleep in the car while we driving.
hanging out in the family garden
Boulder also happens to be a pretty dog friendly place to visit. There a few places that don’t allow pets, for example the Pearl Street mall, but there is plenty to see and do with you dog and plenty of nice neighborhoods to walk around. You might end up seeing some pretty cool houses; not sure how many of you would recognize this one, it’s known locally as the Mork and Mindy house. Nanoo Nanoo!
No aliens here today
You might run into something like this at the back of someone’s yard.
There were a number of events happening while we were in Boulder including the Ironman 70.3 Boulder so the hotels were pretty booked up. We were able to find pet friendly accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in North Boulder. It was a relatively quiet place to stay despite the fact that the hotel was full over the weekend with triathletes. Too bad the guy with the Cervelo team didn’t know how to park his trailer.
Hmm, full hotel + 1 parking spot per room = major Cervelo parking fail and a few not so very happy guests that couldn’t find parking that night.
I would stay there again even though it’s on the outskirts of town. We’ve normally stayed close to Naropa but this place is more than fine and it had a decent breakfast as well. Plus you drive by Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery on your way from and to the hotel. Conveniently located for those ice cream emergencies. I have to admit we stopped more than once.
We had a pretty busy 6 days there and spent most of our time visiting with family and friends. We did manage to get in some nice walks with CB and Kona in town and I’ll post about those next week in Boulder Part 2.