Thursday, December 14, 2017

Touring the Broadmoor

Nana and Papa stepped out a bit tonight and joined the Wandering Monkeys (a free guided tour club) for a tour of the Broadmoor, one of the best hotel and conference centers in the U.S. (maybe the world). It's about 30 minutes from our house, very close to Cheyenne Mountain, Pikes Peak, etc. Actually, Jamie was here before back in space authority days. The Space Foundation holds a major conference, the Space Symposium, here every Spring, and the organization he was with attended a couple times. Tonight's tour was as much about Spencer Penrose, the unlikely rough-around-the-edges guy who built the place in the early 1900s, and his wife Julia, as it was about the place itself. We've got to come back for the free art tour offered by the Broadmoor itself. Oh, and dinner at Ristorante del Lago (in the Broadmoor), wonderful food and wine overlooking the small lake that sits between the two main buildings. Great evening. (Sorry for the cell phone pics; I'll take the real camera next time.)

And, we caught a pretty good-size Geminid meteor go by from our table.

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