Tuesday we had a good lunch and great visit with old friends, and I do mean old. Yes, we are all getting older, but what I am talking about is that we have been friends since 1966, shortly after both of us married. This week we got together with Dave and Kathy at Panera Bread nearby and we sat and talked for nearly three hours.
In the earliest years, we got together to play bridge. Then we had two boys each, at about the same time. We camped together, traveled together, were in a bridge group together, and talked. It was good to see them again and share stories of travel and grandchildren.
All summer, Colorado and much of the rest of the country has been very hot and very dry, while we spent our time in the cool and often wet north. So, what is this in our campsite at Chatfield State Park in Littleton?
It's rain. Wednesday it started raining sometime around 4 am and kept it up till mid-afternoon. This area received over an inch during that time. We know they desperately need the moisture here, but we are tired of cool and wet weather.
After it stopped raining, the sun came out for a while. But after dinner the sky again looked threatening. The storm must have gone somewhere else, however.
During an evening walk we saw all these sailboats on the park lake. According to Eric, they hold a regatta here on Wednesday evenings. Years ago he was on a friend's boat during a regatta and described it as barrel racing in slow motion. We once saw one on Grand Lake on a day with virtually no wind and it was almost like watching a still-life painting. The sailboats are pretty, though.
I continue to be impressed with our new Canon SX 40HS digital camera. I took this picture of a hot air balloon on the other side of the lake. If you click to enlarge it, you can even see the fire inside as the balloonist went up. The picture of a hummingbird on the balloon is also cool.