Tea Time (in Boulder, Colorado)!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado, and during a brief recess in my meetings, I was able to visit a famous tea house with an amazing story.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Restaurant was such a great place to relax and sip a delicious cup o tea. Here’s the story, from their website:

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

Completely build by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.

Great story, isn’t it? By the way – try the hummus as well. I sipped on a vanilla black tea, and loved it so much I still daydream about it at the end of the week.

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

One more full day left in Colorado, hanging out in Boulder for some teaching related meetings.

I love the fresh, crisp air here. It seems to make me feel so much healthier and awake. Wish I could bottle it up!

Enjoy these pictures from a hike I did yesterday morning!

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Colorado Bound

I am off tomorrow on a six day event in Boulder, Colorado – America’s ‘most active city’. My school has graciously allowed me to attend a series of professional development events and I am looking forward to seeing this beautiful state, if I can squeeze in a bit of time somewhere!

Here’s my list of things to do:

1. Hike on one of the plenty trails available.

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2. Visit the University of Colorado Natural History Museum.

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3. Shop at the open-air Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall and Twenty Ninth Street.

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4. Take a tour of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Yep, I’m a geek. Maybe they will hire me?!

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5. Stop for a drink at one of these: West End TavernThe Walnut Brewery or the Mountain Sun.

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Have a great weekend!

Fantasy Friday – Rocky Mountain High

Welcome to Colorado!

I bet that’s what my boyfriend just heard this morning. I have just returned from Pearson Airport, sending him off to Colorado for some work to be done.

I really do not think it is fair at all that he gets to be the one heading to the airport all of the time. He hates it!

Ohhhh, if I could trade places with him (except for working on his behalf).

So what would I be doing right now if I just landed in Boulder, Colorado? Why, exploring the natural beauty of the Rocky Moutains, of course!

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1. Lost Creek Wilderness

 This Pike National Forest treasure takes its name from a creek of the same title that repeatedly disappears underground and into rock piles. While the mysterious waterway lures fly fisherman and the 130 miles of secluded trails beckons hikers, it’s the bizarre red rock formations that wear the crown at the 119,790-acre central Colorado park.

Dense forest lines endless exotic granite domes, knobs and spires dotted with adventurous climbers any day of the week. Horse riding and camping are welcome and enjoy a backdrop of three mountain ranges between 8,000 and 12,400 feet: the Platte River, Kenosha and Tarryall.

With its off-the-beaten-path position, Lost Creek Wilderness offers an intimate visit with nature and frequent peeks at the resident mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and occasional black bear. Venture beyond the Lost Park campground and follow the trail around a bend where the rock walls slim and form a spectacular mini-canyon.

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2. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Whether you play in Medano Creek, build a sand castle, slide down the dunes, go birdwatching in wetlands or ascend a 13,000-foot peak, you will discover plenty of kinds of outdoor recreation for all ages.

3.Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park is a jewel – high peaks, spectacular scenery, easy access. Check the calendar to see what’s up in the Park, Estes Park and Grand Lake. Browse the extensive collection of photos and videos. Select a scenic drive, hiking trail or easy stroll. Get info on climbing, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, boating, sledding, birding, lodging.

4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

5. Mesa Verde National Park

We want to welcome you as our guest to the nation’s richest archeological preserve, where amazing cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites.

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Sigh…take me home!