The People’s Republic of Boulder

At Charlie’s suggestion, we walked to the 16th Street (Pedestrian) Mall in downtown Denver today and took an RTD bus to the Pearl Street (Pedestrian) Mall in Boulder. A young man was walking down Pearl Street shouting, “Free hugs!” A bearded young man was sitting outside a restaurant and wished us a good day. I thought he was homeless and was going to ask for money, but I was surprised when he didn’t expect anything from us. It reminded me of the culture shock we experienced last September when we visited Boston, New York, and DC and then went to Chattanooga. The people in Chattanooga were so friendly and kind that I thought they were being sarcastic. I had to remind myself that this was southern hospitality, not New York rudeness. Most Coloradans are friendly, but no Colorado city compares to Boulder. After an organic, sustainably-raised/grown lunch, we walked on Pearl Street and spent time in the bookstore (where I bought a discounted copy of a Bruce Springsteen biography :-)) before heading back to Denver.

Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

Pearl Street Mall, Boulder


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I waited too late in the day to take this picture so the sun is overpowering, but the snowy foothills are beautiful.

I waited too late in the day to take this picture so the sun is overpowering, but the snowy foothills are beautiful.

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