I quickly worked through some of my work issues early on Thursday morning before my noon time flight to Denver. There were impending pressing issues, all I wanted was to take a couple of days off and not think about all-consuming work, work, work.
I landed in Denver during a windy landing, swaying back and forth down the runway with each gust. I got my luggage with the extra bag of “dad-can-you-bring” items. I retrieved my car after exchanging the American freeway-floater for the more applicable all-wheel drive Subaru in anticipation of a drive to the mountains that we had planned. That girl understands so well that I would most like to drive to the mountains and see the sights.
I got to DU and met Aryn in her new room, meeting her roommates and friends, encouraged as always that they are such a great group. She is in good company.
After deciding where to dine for the evening we were off. Dinner at Root Down was wonderful. As always it’s wonderfully exciting to be with my favorite girl and chatting about this, that and the other of what she has done and what she is going to do. Choices, choices, anticipation and more choices. Isn’t it great being a student with wide open opportunities and the whole world in front you? Yes, it’s grand!
Next day, I awoke to look at the hotel window at the mountains, magnificent. I got started a little later than planned (but I did get a workout in at the hotel) and attended the Authentic Life Lecture by Corey Ciocchetti. Wow! Every student should listen to this talk! I think that the parents may have gotten more from this then the students. But it is great for students to at least hear what is important to chase in life. I bought the book for my recently out of college son. I hope he reads it, or even a few chapters. It’s one of those things you assimilate after 30 (ie a boring adult in student years).
We gather together with Aryn’s roommate (past and current), with friends and Dad’s to dine. It was great to see Aryn’s past roommate and her father John who I met last year on the first day moving in. After a great dinner at Park Burger, we were off to the hockey game. I’m not sure the Denver team had their coffee before the first half, it was not encouraging as most of the first half activity seemed to occur around the DU goal. A slow start at best. After the half time I watched the 2nd half with Aryn and her friends from the student section. Great fun, I snagged one of the parachuted T-shirts from the upper balcony for Aryn. The first time I got one of those at any game! Yippee! DU seemed to come alive at the second half, but couldn’t quite recover from the sleepy start. At least they didn’t get skunked!
Saturday we awoke with another marvelous view of the mountains in the distance from the hotel room. Off to a light breakfast coffee and a roll at Trompeau Bakery (5 star croissants!), we head off to the mountains. Beautiful beautiful. Up and over Loveland pass. Take a short pause for pictures at the summit then down to Breckenridge. We wandered through town and stopped at Rasta Pasta for lunch; yum, curried pasta with shrimp. Wander some more through the town, ran into Aryn’s friends. Then head back to Denver with stops along the way.
Dinner at Hapa Sushi was great as always.
Sunday morning off to church with friends, then out to a simple brunch. As always, time is short and Aryn has to get back to homework and I have to get back to work. I’m off to Chicago and she’s off to the library for studies. But what a great time. I am so happy to see Aryn in good company and at the right school for her. Life is good!
P.S. Waking the next morning in Chicago and gazing out the window is not quite the same as looking out at the mountains of Denver……