We got up super early on Tuesday morning, and headed up Flagstaff Mountain. We then drove straight back down – we didn’t have any change to pay for parking! 2 quarts of Gatorade later (for $3!) we headed back up. The view over the city is cool – Boulder is on the edge of the Rockies, so there’s the mountains on one side and then a flat plateau that goes on forever in the other direction.
We didn’t stay up there for very long, because we wanted to go hiking in Chautauqua Park.
We hiked the Royal Arch trail, to get another view over Boulder (and to see the arch). Chautauqua is a free, open space and it was filled with people hiking, running and walking their dogs. There were even dogs climbing up to the arch!
After going to Safeway for lunch (we’re spending up big) we headed out the the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art. The museum was pretty overwhelming, they had way too many paintings and sculptures on display. The coolest part was the sculpture garden outside.
We then headed back to the uni to check out the Natural History Museum. It was ok, and it was free. Out of the 4 rooms only the dinosaurs and fossils were interesting. At least it was something to do for a half hour!
I love Boulder. I could live here! It’s got such a great feel, I love the mountains, I love that it’s a ‘green’ city, and I love the people. Too bad it’s on the other side of the world to my friends and family! Maybe we can have a holiday house here someday…
Next up: Estes Park, and getting deeper into the Rocky Mountains!