Jul 21 2011
We left our hotel in Colorado Springs this morning with a view of Pikes Peak, and I’m writing this tonight from Boulder while watching the sun set over the Rocky Mountains from my hotel room. Colorado is absolutely beautiful.
The kids are enjoying our trip so much that today they asked if we could drop Dad off at home so he could work, and then drive back to do more things here. Dad and I politely vetoed that idea.
Our first stop this morning was the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, a stop that we all enjoyed. Learning about the place where many of our American athletes train for the Olympics was informative, and seeing the pools, gyms, and other areas where they train was inspirational. Although I’m not much of a sports fan in general, I love watching the Olympics, and my husband teased that I should have bought a Team USA curling shirt as it’s the only sport I’ve ever been remotely successful at. (I was actually on a winning bonspiel team once, way back in high school.)
Then we said goodbye to Colorado Springs and headed to the Denver area to stop in to see my sister and her family for a few minutes before we all went out to dinner on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. After eating, we strolled down the closed-off street, browsing in the shops and watching the people and performers along the boulevard.
My favorite part of today had to do with the Twizzlers van. Because my son is allergic to peanuts, he very seldom gets to eat a doughnut since most doughnuts are made in bakeries that sprinkle peanuts on the pastries. Krispy Kreme, however, is peanut-safe, and it’s been our custom to stop for Krispy Kremes when we find a store along our way, since those in our area closed several years ago. No trip to Des Moines is complete without a stop at Krispy Kreme, as it’s now our closest safe doughnut shop.
Mid-afternoon, there was just one other family in the restaurant, a grandmother, granddaughter, and young man. They remarked about the Twizzlers van and I told them about our trip. I also mentioned that we live in Minnesota but were at Krispy Kreme in Colorado because it’s such a rare treat for us. She told me that her granddaughter is also allergic to peanuts, and that her daughter works at Krispy Kreme so they get plenty of doughnuts. I went out to the Twizzlers van and brought back some Twizzlers packages for the little girl, knowing that they were a safe treat for her to eat. It was fun to share this small treat with them, and we were thanked several times for the Twizzlers. As we were preparing to leave, the grandmother came over and said, “Don’t leave just yet,” and shortly came back with a box of doughnuts for us. It was fun and unexpected and a delight to be able to share two different safe snacks between these kids who have to be so careful about each and every thing they eat. Today, the Twizzlers van made us some unexpected friends.
Tomorrow will be a long driving day as we wrap up our Twizzlers road trip, but we’re hoping to make at least one interesting stop along the way. Tomorrow we’ll be driving most of the middle section of the van-top map. Then we’ll be back to driving our own vehicle and passing the Twizzlers van on to the next traveling family.