Hey there, Glover Gardens followers, you might or might not know that this week, I’ve had the distinct privilege and pleasure of being in Southwest Colorado with three 19-year-olds from the University of Texas. One of them is my son, known in the blog as “our last millennial” or the “Jazz Composition Major at UT”.
Our “last millennial” wanted to visit our Colorado cabin, Little House in the Rockies, with his two (amazing, marvelous, smart, pretty and nice) friends, but didn’t know the inner workings of our tiny cabin, so – presto! – I got an invitation to come with them. I’ve been joking that I’m here because of a lot of C-words…car, chauffeur, cooking, cleaning, cash…but that’s not really the case. In fact, when I sprung the C-word theory on them, they chimed in with “charming, charisma, character, creative, culinary, courageous” … (although it might have been me that contributed a couple of those).
Anyway, it has been a marvelous week! They’ve gone off on their own (at my urging) to many nature-rich locales, such as Jefferson Lake, Pike National Forest, Tarryall Reservoir, Buena Vista and Leadville. And I was with them at the breath-taking Royal Gorge, muscle-aching McCullough Gulch hike, and fun-making Breckenridge Main Street and gondola.
One thing I forgot to mention is that these kids, these 19-year-old future leaders, are very, very close. They love each other, “warts and all” (not that I saw any warts). They are generous with each other while at the same time holding themselves and each other accountable. I only caught bits and snatches of their deep conversations (and wouldn’t dream of actually eavesdropping because that might pre-empt any future travels with this trio), but I am confident that they will be friends for the rest of their lives.
Here are a few more photos to illustrate our week, all taken atop Boreas Pass on an old Colorado and Souther train caboose, with apologies to my friends who have already perused my Facebook photo album, entitled:
Hey 19! – Colorado Road Trip
My lovely week with three 19-year-olds from the University of Texas who might one day rule the world (or at least make it more interesting, safe, entertaining and livable!). An added bonus is the amazing natural beauty of Colorado.
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