Evening hours are my absolute favorite during the summer.
Especially in areas where temperatures soar during the day, but instantly cool off in the evening as the sun goes down.
This is summer in the Rockies, and the evenings were blissfully mine for the couple of days I spent in Golden.
Clear Creek runs west to east along the north side of town, a favorite spot for inner tubing and inflatable rafting. And also for walking the green belt areas on either side.
This is the perfect spot to throw off the chaos and stress of the day and commune with beautiful surroundings and natural landscapes.
Across clear creek you will find Clear Creek History Park, home to many of the original cabins found from the early days of life in the Golden Gate Canyon.
It’s like stepping back in time!
My only regret? It was evening and the buildings were not open for viewing..but I could peek in windows!
Gardens with flowers!
Imagining living here through all four seasons.
Of course, there is a treadle in the window!
An original photo from a brochure!
Here it stands today in this glorious setting!
If only these buildings could speak!
And yes, you can feed the chickens!
This school house was in use until 1951!
Image of the school in early years.
My view through the window!
And the sun sets on a beautiful evening.
Clear Creek History Park across the creek from the other side.
Golden way down below!
As the sun began to set I thought I’d jump into my little rental car –a Hyundai Elantra – so cute and fun to drive. I had seen a sign for Buffalo Bill’s grave. How far could it be?
Well, much farther than I thought as the road took me up the windy turns of Lookout Mountain – but it was SO worth the view! It was kind of a scary drive for me as there were a ton of cyclists coming down the mountain’s hair-pin-turns-a-plenty and I certainly didn’t want to collide with any of them.
But the view…OH! the view!
Catching the last of the evening light.
And further up to the top!
Buffalo Bill’s resting place!
From http://www.buffalobill.org/ :
Born in 1846, William F. Cody experienced the Old West to its fullest. His skill as a buffalo hunter gained him the nickname "Buffalo Bill." Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows traveled the world leaving a lasting vision of the American West.
If you are really going to LIVE the Colorado experience, you have to make a trip up Lookout Mountain and visit the grave of Buffalo Bill and his wife.
And then decide to go down the OTHER way back to I-70 instead of tailing the cyclists back down the way you came up!
Too dark to really see..but the sun just left it’s kiss on top of these glorious mountains!
Today was meant for sleeping in. And I did.
Sadie and I took a long walk around my own neighborhood so we could see how things have changed over the past almost-two-weeks gone.
Plans are to get all of the book orders from the website off to the post office and head up to the cabin for some R&R.
After a weekend of recuperating, I’m thinking we can squeeze in a Quilt-Cam on TUESDAY evening and catch up! What do you think?
Happy Friday, everyone – it’s good to be home!