Exploring Longmont

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Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010
The nice weather continued today, so we went on another bike adventure. This time we biked all the way to our destination and back again. Our goal was to hit the highlights of Longmont by bike. Here, Ellen let me ride on the handlebars. I stayed there most of the trip (picture 1)!












Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
(a) We stopped briefly at Fairgrounds Lake at Roger's Grove along the St. Vrain Greenway Trail. You can only see the foothills behind me to the west, like blue humps but, believe me, there are mountains behind them hidden in the mist (picture 2). (b) To the east is a gravel pit that's actively in operation (picture 3).













Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
(a) We stopped at Isaak Walton Park and walked around the huge outdoor and indoor picnic shelters. The sun was sure warm on my face. I almost didn't make it into this photo (picture 4). (b) Here I am in front of the St. Vrain Greenway sign. We'd been on it for a while, traveling east, but this was the first obvious marker. (picture 5).













Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
We were right next to Cheese Importers, so Ellen decided to do some shopping. (a) Here's me, just outside the warehouse that is Cheese Importers. I'm smiling because Ellen just told me there are hundreds of different kinds of cheeses from all over the world inside (picture 6). (b) Here are all the fromages from France – “fromage” is cheese in French (picture 7).













Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
(a) This picture shows about one-third of the entire warehouse (picture 8). There is also a European Cafe, gift shop, and imported/speciality food store. (b) I was so excited about the cheese, I traveled in the shopping basket, not leaving it alone for a second, even during checkout (the cheese, that is) (picture 9).













Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
(a) Next, we stopped by El Corral Vaquero or “The Cowboy Corral.” This has the reputation as the best place in the Denver area to buy authentic cowboy shirts (picture 10). (b) The young woman inside the store was really helpful picking out just the right shirts for gifts (picture 11).













Day 8, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
We wandered up and down main street, which has some really cool shops. (a) Here I am outside Barbed Wire Books, a used bookstore. Kathe, the owner, also has poetry readings, author presentations, music, and community meetings in her shop, free (picture 12)! (b) Simply Bulk wasn't open, which was too bad. You get to bring your own container and fill it as far up as you want to. Ellen says the products are not just food stuffs. You can also get shampoo, soap, bird seed, and house cleansers (picture 13).












Day 9, Saturday, December 18, 2010 (continued)
Then we headed way east to a newer part of town where a very modern building houses the Longmont Museum. It was cool. The glass tower you see up front in the picture (picture 15) gives you a 360 degree view of the plains and the Eastern Slope of the Rocky Mountains.