Summertime in Boulder, Colorado is my favorite time of the year. From September until the beginning of May, I am rarely seen around the town, but after the students leave and the birds start chirping and the flowers start to bloom and spread their aromas through the air, I find myself outside every day and night. There is something to do just about every night of the week in Boulder, CO during the summer. The Pearl Street Mall is overflowing with people from all over the world to bask in Chautauqua Park Auditorium, where you can have a lovely little picnic on the lawn, while looking at the Flatirons mountains, before going to listen to a symphony orchestra, or a jazz quartet in Chautauqua’s famous auditorium where the acoustics sound almost perfect!
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Boulders’ beautiful sun and take advantage of all of the amazing things to do here in town. We have concerts almost daily at the
Yesterday was Bike to Work Day in Boulder, CO and I rode my bike to the office and on my way, I saw hundreds of others doing the exact same thing. It was a beautiful day, with weather in the mid 80’s and the perfect mix of clouds and sunshine. The cool breeze came in at what seemed to be the perfect moment, right when I was starting to break a sweat. After work, I rode my Schwinn Cruiser to the Farmers Market at Central Park in Boulder, which they put on every Wednesday evening, from 4pm-8pm and every Saturday, from 8am-2pm all summer long. Local Farmers come to the Boulder Farmers Market to sell their organic vegetables, which are so tasty and fresh, it makes you never want to go to a traditional grocery store again for your produce. I grabbed a grilled cheese from my buddies at The All-Natural Hamburger Stand, and walked around chatting with different people and listening to the band playing some smooth rock tunes. The weather was perfect and there were hundreds of people out to enjoy the beautiful Boulder, CO summer evening.
After a few hours of taking it all in and remembering exactly why I will never leave Boulder, I decided to take a quick cruise to the Pearl Street Mall, where there were hundreds, if not thousands more people out for “The Band on The Bricks”, which happens every Wednesday night for the whole summer as well. I hung out there for a while, met some friends, said hi to some other people I knew and did some really great people watching.
It was starting to get dark at around 8:30, so we decided to venture off to find some food at one of Boulders amazing restaurants. Boulder is known for its awesome food. The only problem with this is that when you go out to eat, it takes about an hour just to decide where to go. With so many options, how does one decide? Well, last night we just walked until we saw a patio that looked like it might have an opening. Now, Boulder is an extremely small town if you’ve been here as long as I have, so after two blocks and about 50 “Hey, how’s it goings”, I saw 3 tables of people I knew on the patio of Hapa Sushi. After catching up with them for a while we decided to grab a table there. Now, I completely understand why all of you folks coming from the coasts are afraid to eat fish in a land-locked state, but trust me, I have been all over the country on both coasts and beyond. Colorado has some great fish that is flown in daily. It isn’t quite like going to Pike Place Market in Seattle, but pretty darn close. So, we ate some sushi as the sun set over Boulder and did some more people watching on the Pearl Street Mall.
After a long day of work and biking and lots of playing and eating, I was ready for a rest. So, I jumped back on my cruiser and coasted the 6 blocks to my house for a little R&R; just so I could wake up today and do it again. I love Boulder, CO in the summer. How could I ever leave this place? It is the best place in the United States to call home and I have been a victim of Chief Niwot’s Curse**… or is it a blessing?
** “Once you gaze upon the beauty of the Flatirons, you will never be happy anywhere else.” “If you visit this area, you will always come back.” ~Chief Niwot’s Curse